Storytime for Grownups: Back to School

August means the end of summer vacation for many, and a return to the world of learning. For small children, the first day of school can be both a scary and exciting time. Sometimes, picking up a few books about what to expect will help calm nerves, and get kids geared up for the excitement that awaits them.

The lists below, compiled by Adam S. Davis, the Manager, Main Library and Outreach Services at the Palm Beach County Library System, will help give little ones as well as older teens a bit more insight into the wider world that is opening up before their eyes.

Children’s Books: This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to children’s books about the first day of school.


Borden, Louise. Off to First Grade. McElderry, 2008. 40p. 4-7 yrs. 9780689873959

Bottner, Barbara. An Annoying ABC. Knopf, 2011. 32p. 4-6 yrs. 9780375867088

Brown, Marc Tolon. Monkey: Not Ready for Kindergarten. Knopf, 2015. 32p. 3-7 yrs. 9780553496581

Capucilli, Alyssa Satin. Not this Bear. Henry Holt, 2015. 40p. 2-6 yrs. 9780805098969

Cohen, Jeff. Eva and Sadie and the Best Classroom Ever!. Harper, 2015. 32p. 4-8 yrs. 9780062249388

Edwards, Pamela Duncan. Dinosaur Starts School. Whitman, 2009. 26p. 5-7 yrs. 9780807516003

Katz, Karen. Rosie Goes to Preschool. Schwartz & Wade, 2015. 32p. Ages 2-4 yrs. 9780385379175

May, Eleanor. Albert Starts School. Kane, 2015. 32p. 2-6 yrs. 9781575657417


Teen Reads : For many of us, entering college is the first time that we have an opportunity to live on our own away from the nest. These books will not only help new college students make good decisions, but also help parents to deal with a new phase in their children’s lives.


Bradbury-Haehl, Nora. Freshman Survival Guide : soulful advice for studying, socializing, and everything in between. Center Street, 2011. 283p. 9780446560115

Cohen, Harlan. The Naked Roommate : and 107 other issues you might run into in college. Sourcebooks, 2011. 526p. 9781402253461

Nist-Olejnik, Sherrie. College Rules! : how to study, survive, and succeed in college. Ten Speed, 2011. 342p. 9781607740018

Robbins, Alexandra. The Overachievers : the secret lives of driven kids. Hyperion, 2006. 439p. 9781401302016

Thomas, Snyder. The Community College Career Track : how to achieve the American dream without a mountain of debt. Wiley, 2012. 232p. 9781118271698

The Palm Beach County Library System has something for students of all ages, and no matter how far away from home you go – to your local elementary school or to college on the other side of the world – you can access our resources 24/7 with your library card.

Be sure to check out my list of summer reading, as well as a listing of patriotic titles that can’t be missed. Keep an eye on this column for a new and exciting list of books to check out each month.