Sacramento Public Library

10 Books for Back to School

    Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

    Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse - Kevin Henkes

    Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher, but when he asks her to wait a while before showing her new purse, she does something for which she is very sorry later.
    Rain School

    Rain School - James Rumford

    In a village in Chad, the children arrive on the first day of school and build a mud structure to be their classroom until the rainy season comes and washes it away.
    The Dot

    The Dot - Peter H. Reynolds

    Vashti believes that she cannot draw, but her art teacher's encouragement leads her to change her mind.
    Miss Nelson is Missing

    Miss Nelson is Missing - Harry Allard

    The kids in Room 207 take advantage of Miss Nelson’s good nature until she disappears and they are faced with a vile substitute – Miss Viola Swamp.
    One Green Apple

    One Green Apple - Eve Bunting

    While on a field trip to an orchard to make cider, a young immigrant named Farah gains self-confidence when the green apple she picks perfectly complements the other students' red apples.
    Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I Don't)

    Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I Don't) - Barbara Bottner

    A first grader who dislikes reading stubbornly resists her enthusiastic school librarian's efforts to inspire her to love books.
    Thank You, Mr. Falker

    Thank You, Mr. Falker - Patricia Polacco

    At first, Trisha loves school, but her difficulty learning to read makes her feel dumb until a new teacher helps her understand and overcome her problem.
    Sideways Stories from Wayside School

    Sideways Stories from Wayside School - Louis Sachar

    An upside down and inside out collection of stories from the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways.
    The Hundred Dresses

    The Hundred Dresses - Eleanor Estes

    Wanda faces mockery at school, both because of her "funny" last name and her claim that she has 100 dresses at home even though she wears the same one to school each day.
    Frindle

    Frindle - Andrew Clements

    When he decides to turn his fifth grade teacher's love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control.