We have added two wonderful new books perfect for back to school from Candlewick Press, one of which features a favorite book character at our house, Maisy.
Both my girls love Maisy and this new title from Lucy Cousins was perfect because my youngest daughter is now in the pre-K room at daycare. But even my second grader loved it. If you’re not familiar with Maisy or you’re already a fan, this is a great book to add to your child’s library, especially if they are ages 3 to 4 and beginning preschool.
Maisy Goes to Preschool by Lucy Cousins
2 yrs – 5 yrs
Preschool for Maisy means a day filled with friends and things to do, from the time she hangs her coat on a special peg to the time she says good-bye. In a bright, full-size storybook full of familiar scenes, this child-friendly look at a day in the life of a preschooler is one that newcomers and seasoned pros alike will be happy to share.
We’ve also enjoyed reading Messing Around the Playground: and Other School Poems for Two Voices, a collection of fun poems meant to be read aloud by two people and written for older children. The rhymes are fun and all focus on the familiar sounds and sights of school.
Messing Around on the Monkey Bars by Betsy Franco, illustrated by Jessie Hartland
8 yrs – 11 yrs
Out on the playground, kids are skipping rope and making trades. In the library, they’re whispering, fidgeting, and giggling. In the classroom, they’re learning their lessons….or spinning tales about why they haven’t turned in their homework. Throughout this collection of nineteen poems — ideal for reading aloud in pairs, but just as much fun with one or many — words, pictures, and voices erupt in an irresistible invitation to join an exhilarating ride around school. So hop on the bus! The pencils are tapping, the clock is ticking, and reports are due…tomorrow?
Both these books would make great gifts to celebrate the beginning of a new school year for young readers.
What are some of your favorite back-to-school theme books? We also love Miss Bindergarden Gets Ready for Kindergarten and The Kissing Hand.