Back to School: Fun Reading List

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This month’s reading list was provided by:

Springdale Public Library

405 S. Pleasant St.

Springdale, AR 72764

Phone: (479) 750-8180



Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.



The Day You Begin

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Woodson, Jaqueline (2018, Grades PreS–2)

Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates

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Higgins, Ryan (2018, Grades PreS-1)

It’s the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can’t wait to meet her classmates. But it’s hard to make human friends when they’re so darn delicious! That is, until Penelope gets a taste of her own medicine and finds she may not be at the top of the food chain after all.

Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon

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Lovell, Patty (2001, Grades PreS-2)

When Molly Lou has to start in a new school, Ronald Durkin makes fun of her height and her buck teeth. But Molly has learned a lot from her grandma and knows just how to put him in place—in a very satisfying way.

Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten! 

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Yum, Hyewon (2012, Grades PreS-K)

A five-year-old boy, ready and eager on his first day at “the big kids’ school,” must calm his very worried mother.

All are Welcome 

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Penfold, Alexandra (2018, Grades PreS–2)

Readers can follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms and learn from each other’s traditions.

The Name Jar 

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Choi, Yangsook (2003, Grades PreS–3)

The heartwarming multicultural story of a young Korean girl, new to her American classroom, who says she will choose a name easier for her classmates to pronounce from a jar of names.



Junie B. Jones, First Grader at Last 

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Park, Barbara (2007, Grades K-2)

A fun early chapter book about a young girl starting first grade and making new friends.

Bad Kitty: School Daze 

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Bruel, Nick (2013, Grades 1-5)

This hilarious story shows us that even our furry companions sometimes need schooling as well.

Back to School Weird Kids Rule! 

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Gutman, Dan (2014, Grades 1-5)

Part of My Weird School series, this book is definitely a good pick for a reluctant reader that might be into funny stories.

The Unteachables

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Korman, Gordon (2019, Grades 3-6)

A heartwarming story about a classroom of misfits and their even more reluctant teacher, making their way through the school year.

From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess 

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Cabot, Meg (2015, Grades 4-6)

This series brings readers familiar with The Princess Diaries back into the world of Genovia through the eyes of a sassy 12 year old girl.

I Funny: A Middle School Story

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Patterson, James, Grabenstein, Chris, and Park, Laura (2012, Grades 4-6)

We’d all like to fit in, especially when we’ve just moved to a new place.

Merci Suarez Changes Gears

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Medina, Meg (2018, Grades 4-6)

A beautiful story of family, changes, and fitting in at middle school when circumstances are a little different than everyone else.



50 Adventures to Have Before You Turn 14

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Baccalario, Pierdomenico and Percivale, Tommaso (2018, Grades 5-7)

This book challenges curious youngsters to complete fifty fun adventures by the time they reach age fourteen. Kids are urged to complete such tasks as watching the sun rise and set on the same day, using a compass and printed map as their only navigation tools, and much more.

You Are Awesome

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Syed, Matthew (2018, Grades 5-7)

If your child needs a boost of confidence, then this is the book for you. The author explains the importance of perseverance, patience, and positive thinking when faced with adversity.

Kids Who are Changing the World (You Should Meet) 

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Higginson, Sheila Sweeny (2019, Grades 2-4)

This moving title introduces readers to children who are making real differences in their communities such as finding solutions to water contamination and devising new therapies to combat bullying.

How Time Outside Makes You Feel

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Lawler, Jean C. (2018, Grades 1-3)

Young readers will learn how to develop an appreciation for nature and the benefits of taking the time to regularly unplug from electronic devices.

Malala Yousafzai: Warrior with Words

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Abouraya, Karen Leggett (2019, Grades 3-5)

Children are introduced to Malala Yousafazai and learn about sheer determination and the need for assessible education.

How to Become an accidental Genius

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Maclead, Elizabeth (2019, Grades 5-7)

Life-changing inventions and their creators are explored in depth, leaving readers with a sense of wonderment and inspiration.

A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader

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Edited by Popova, Maria and Bedrick, Claudia (2018, Grades 5-7)

This book contains letters written by famous and/or influential people. The letters were written directly to children to educate them on the benefits of consistent reading. This book includes letters written by Jane Goodall, Shonda Rhimes, Ursula K. Le Guin, and many more.