Back to School

One of the many fun jobs we get as booksellers is seasonally changing displays, pulling out old favorites and bringing in new additions with the changing of season, holidays and special events.  Normally with the approach of summer's end, we start gathering our return to school and fall favorites, books for calming nervous jitters and to welcome the changing seasons. 

This year, I had a moment standing perplexed in our lovely kids section, where I realized, I'm not sure what books I should pull out! What is the return to school this year? My own children are at a school that has gone to a virtual model, I meet other kids that are back in their classrooms and others still that are trying homeschooling, nature schools or other new models or schools for the first time. One way or the other, this is new territory for all of us, and we are all feeling a bit uncertain and stressed, often for entirely different reasons

So getting a bit more creative, I've put together a selection books to accommodate all the new, all the familiar and unfamiliar, thinking a bit outside the box of your typical back to school books with a bit of something for everyone, I hope.

All Are Welcome Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525579649
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - July 10th, 2018

All about being inclusive and diverse, I think this book encourages a healthy mindset for young people whether or not they are in a classroom.

 


Good Morning Zoom Cover Image
By Lindsay Rechler, June Park (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780593352304
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Philomel Books - October 6th, 2020

A bit silly yes, but suddenly a part of many folks lives, and a new thing to navigate

 


Heroes Wear Masks: Elmo's Super Adventure (Sesame Street Scribbles) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781728236599
Availability: Ships from our warehouse today
Published: Sourcebooks Wonderland - September 15th, 2020

Sick Simon Cover Image
By Dan Krall, Dan Krall (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781534483422
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 14th, 2020

Pete the Cat: Crayons Rock! Cover Image
By James Dean, James Dean (Illustrator), Kimberly Dean
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062868558
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - September 1st, 2020

Ruby Finds a Worry (Big Bright Feelings) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781547602377
Availability: Ships from our warehouse today
Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - September 3rd, 2019

So many kids are dealing with a lot of worry right now.

 


I Am, I Can: 365 affirmations for kids Cover Image
By DK
$16.99
ISBN: 9781465492449
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Published: DK Children - August 11th, 2020

More help for growing a positive mindset

 


The Montessori Toddler: A Parent's Guide to Raising a Curious and Responsible Human Being Cover Image
By Simone Davies, Hiyoko Imai (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781523506897
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Workman Publishing Company - March 19th, 2019

Kindness Makes Us Strong Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781984816399
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Published: Dial Books - December 24th, 2019

Kindness is so important right now when everyone is under so much stress.

 


Tomorrow I'll Be Kind Cover Image
By Jessica Hische, Jessica Hische (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524787042
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Workshop - January 14th, 2020

When You Need Wings Cover Image
By Lita Judge, Lita Judge (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534437555
Availability: Ships from our warehouse today
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2020

Gentle affirmations for wary kids in need of some encouragement in uncertain times 

 


Be You!  Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338572315
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Orchard Books - March 3rd, 2020

More gentle encouragement for the youngest ones

 


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The Good Egg Cover Image
By Jory John, Pete Oswald (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062866004
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - February 12th, 2019

Self care is so important, even when trying to keep everything and everyone together

 


All the Ways to Be Smart Cover Image
By Davina Bell, Allison Colpoys (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781947534964
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribble Us - September 3rd, 2019

Remember, being smart is more than just test scores and reading levels, what better time to remind children of these things as they have room to move outside of standardized learning and classroom walls

 


If You Come to Earth Cover Image
By Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781452137797
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - September 15th, 2020

There are so may interesting things to think about this planet we are on, why not think about those things instead fo etc things causing us distress?

 


Nature Play at Home: Creating Outdoor Spaces that Connect Children with the Natural World Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781604698251
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Timber Press - April 2nd, 2019

Play The Forest School Way: Woodland Games and Crafts for Adventurous Kids Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781780289298
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Watkins Publishing - May 24th, 2016

How to Raise a Reader Cover Image
By Pamela Paul, Maria Russo, Dan Yaccarino (Illustrator), Lisk Feng (Illustrator), Vera Brosgol (Illustrator), Monica Garwood (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781523505302
Availability: Ships from our warehouse today
Published: Workman Publishing Company - September 3rd, 2019

The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art and Creativity Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781611807202
Availability: Backordered
Published: Roost Books - June 11th, 2019

You Are a Beautiful Beginning Cover Image
By Nina Laden, Kelsey Garrity-Riley (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250311832
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Roaring Brook Press - August 25th, 2020