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Celebrate School with These Bright, Hopeful Reads


School’s First Day of School, written by Adam Rex with illustrations by Christian Robinson (Roaring Brook Press, 2016), tells the story of a newly constructed elementary school that has first-day jitters. Conveyed through conversation with his special friend, the janitor, this inventive story is fabulous for any kid nervous about starting school, making friends, or expressing their feelings in a group. Preschool–1st Grade

This Is How We Do It, by Matt Lamothe (Chronicle Books, 2017), follows the real lives of seven children from around the world, detailing their daily habits and lifestyles. Lamothe’s aesthetic will appeal to any Wes Anderson enthusiast. The book sweetly portrays educational aspects of each child’s life with a thoughtful matter-of-factness. K–4th Grade

Counting by 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan (Dial Books, 2013). Readers will get an emotional education in accepting others in this hopeful middle-grade novel. Willow, a twelve-year old genius, has a hard time relating to anyone but her adopted parents. When tragedy strikes, Willow learns to use her unique strengths to establish deep connections with new friends and to inspire others. 4th Grade and up

Seattle’s Child book recommender Andie Powers has a degree from Emerson College in Writing, Literature, and Publishing with an emphasis in Children’s Literature. She has formerly written for the Horn Book Guide.

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