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Go back to school with 10 Books to Read

This month's list offers stories on school's first day and reminds us not to eat our classmates
It’s that time again, when kids and caregivers check class lists, scramble for supplies and uniforms and gear up for another school year — or, in the case of many, their first school year, full of both excitement and anxiety for both child and adult.

September’s list has a full slate of first days of school, letting readers experience all of the nervousness, novelty and fun along with protagonists that range from kids and dinosaurs to the school itself.


10 books to read for september

School's First Day of School
School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex
It's the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone's a little bit nervous, especially the school itself.

Mae's First Day of School
Mae’s First Day of School by Kate Berube
As Mae's first day of school approaches she decides she IS. NOT. GOING. What if the other kids don't like her? Or what if she misses her mom?

Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match
Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match by Monica Brown
Marisol McDonald, a biracial, nonconformist, soccer-playing pirate-princess with brown skin and red hair, celebrates her uniqueness.

Adelita and the Veggie Cousins
Adelita and the Veggie Cousins by Diane Gonzales Bertrand
On her first day at a new school, Adelita makes new friends through a lesson on vegetables.

Llama Llama Misses Mama
Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney
Llama Llama experiences separation anxiety on his first day of nursery school.

We Don't Eat Our Classmates
We Don’t Eat Our Classmates Ryan T. Higgins
When the class pet bites the finger of Penelope, a Tyrannosaurus rex, she finally understands why she should not eat her classmates, no matter how tasty they are.

Rosie Goes to Preschool
Rosie Goes to Preschool by Karen Katz
Rosie, a helpful preschooler, offers advice to children facing their first day of preschool.

Time for Earth School, Dewey Dew
Time for Earth School, Dewey Dew by Leslie Staub
Dewey's first day of school on planet Earth is not off to a good start, but things start to look up when he makes a friend.

Time for School, Little Dinosaur
Time for School, Little Dinosaur by Gail Herman
Though his friend Spikey teases him, Little Dinosaur is eager to be ready for his first day of school.

Splat the Cat
Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton
A nervous Splat finds his first day at Cat School much better than he expected.

10 Books to Read is a collaboration between Sacramento Public Library, ABC10, and UC Davis Children's Hospital to bring parents, grandparents and caregivers the opportunity to read aloud with their children.

By Justin Azevedo, Librarian and Youth Materials Selector

Justin has worked for the Library since 2007, previously as a marketing assistant, youth services librarian, and branch supervisor.

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