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Our staff has compiled an educational list broken down by age to help you and your family get ready for school. Whether it is your child's first day of school, a teen that knows the drill, or if you are a college bound student have a look at these helpful tools and entertaining reads.

New School Jitters? Try These Books!

Picture Books for new preschool or kindergartners 

The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes

Lena’s Shoes are Nervous: a First-Day-of-School Dilemma by Keith Calabrese

Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes by James Dean

 Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney

Ms. Bitsy Bat’s Kindergarten by Pamela Duncan Edwards

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins

Lola Goes to School by Anna McQuinn

If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Joffe Nuremoff

Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School by Herman Parish

How to Get Your Teacher Ready by Jean Reagan

School’s First Day of School  by Adam Rex

The Pigeon HAS to GO to School! By Mo Willems

Dad’s First Day by Mike Wohnoutka

So Big by Mike Wohnoutka

The Day You Begin By Jacqueline Woodson

Bear’s Big Day by Salina Yoon

When Little Ones Have Big Feelings

This Makes Me Happy! By Courtney Carbone

I Hate Everything! By Sue Graves

Take a Deep Breath by Sue Graves

Something Bad Happened: A Kid's Guide to Coping with Difficult World News by Dawn Huebner

What To Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety by Dawn Hueber

Meditation is an Open Sky: Mindfulness for Kids by Whitney Stewart

What To Do When It's Not Fair: A Kid's Guide to Handling Envy and Jealousy by Jacqueline B. Toner

My Magic Breath: Finding Calm Through Mindful Breathing by Nick Ortner

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Daniel's Big Feelings (DVD)

This Year, School Will Be Different

Learning to Follow the Rules

The School Rules: Rules on the Bus by Paul Bloom

School Daze: A Book of Riddles About School by Michael Dahl 

Rules for School by Alec Greven

Principals by Melanie Mitchell

My Manners Matter: A First Look at Being Polite by Pat Thomas

Social Stories

Social Stories help children learn a new skill and know what to expect in new situations. 

What is Social Distancing?

Riding the Bus Will Be Different This Year

Wearing a Mask to School

Helpful Websites

CDC Back to School Planning Checklist

CDC Checklist for In-Person Classes

Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting from Covid-19

Back to School!

Books for elementary & middle graders and their parents

A Parents' Guide to the Middle School Years by Joe Bruzzese

The Middle School Survival Guide by Arlene Erlbach

Middle School Matters: The 10 Key Skills Kids Need to Thrive in Middle School and Beyond - And How Parents Can Help by Phyllis Fagell

Off to Class: Incredible and Unusual Schools Around the World by Susan Hughes

School Made Easier: A Kid's Guide to Study Strategies and Anxiety-busting Tools by Wendy Moss

The parent backpack for kindergarten through grade 5 : how to support your child's education, end homework meltdowns, and build parent-teacher connections by Marylisa Nichols

And Then They Stopped Talking To Me: Making Sense of Middle School by Judith Warner

Superbrain: The Insider's Guide to Getting Smart by Dave Whamond

How to Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results by Esther Wojcicki (also available as an eBook)


Teens and College-Bound

Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years by Karen Levin Coburn

Fiske Guide to Colleges 2021 by Edward Fiske

The Stressed Years of Their Lives: Helping Your Kid Survive and Thrive During Their College Years by Janet B. Hibbs

The Complete Guide to Paying for College by Leah Ingram

AP English Language 2020 by Barbara Murphy

Gap Year: How Delaying College Changes People in Ways the World Needs by Joseph O'Shea

Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Daniel Siegel

The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us by Paul Tough


Learning at Home? Here's some books that might help 

Keeping Your Kids Happy and Busy

101 Relaxation Games for Children: Finding a Little Peace and Quiet In Between by Almuth Bartl

Nature's Playground: Activities, Crafts, and Games to Encourage Children to Get Outdoors by Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield

Curious Minds: 40 Hands-on Activities to Inspire a Love of Learning by Ty Kolstedt

The Kids Winter Handbook by Jane Drake and Ann Love

Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun by Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen 

Share and Take Turns by Cheri J Meiners

This Little Piggy: And Other Rhymes to Sing and Play by Jane Yolen


How and What to Teach 

The Everything Parent's Guide to Common Core Math, Grade K-5 by Jim Brennan

Parenting a Struggling Reader by Susan Hall

Slow and Steady, Get Me Ready: A Parents' Handbook for Children from Birth to Age 5 by June Oberlander

How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way by Tim Seldin

Discover Your Child's Learning Style by Mariaemma Willis

Getting Ready for Kindergarten (DVD)


Grade Levels

Cracking the 1st Grade Reading & Math by Mary Austin

Cracking the 4th Grade Reading & Math by Christian Camozzi

What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know: Preparing Your Child for a Lifetime of Learning by E.D. Hirsch

What Your First Grader Needs to Know By E.D. Hirsch

What Your Second Grader Needs to Know By E.D. Hirsch

What Your Third Grader Needs to Know By E.D. Hirsch

What Your Fourth Grader Needs to Know by E.D. Hirsch

What Your Fifth Grader Needs to Know by E.D. Hirsch

What Your Sixth Grader Needs to Know by E.D. Hirsch



The Ultimate Homeschool Physical Education Game Book by Guy Bailey

The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education by Leigh Bortins

The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Susan Wise Bauer

Homeschooling: The Teen Years by Cafi Cohen (ebook)

Homeschooling 101 by Christine Field (ebook)

Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Creative and Comprehensive Homeschool Curriculum by Rebecca Rupp

 Learning to Read

For Parents

You, Me, and the ABCs: 100 Ready-for-Reading Activities for Kids and their Favorite Grown-ups by Michael Rosen

Sight Words for Preschool and Kindergarten (eBook) 

Sight Words for Kindergarten, First Grade & Second Grade (eBook)


Have you heard about our Launchpads? Launchpads are pre-loaded learning tablets with apps, ebooks, and no Wi-Fi required! The ones below focus on early literacy and reading skills.

Dr. Seuss Favorites

Let's Get Wordy!

In the Word Jungle!

Ride to Readiness!

The Shape of Words!


Learn to Read with Phonics (DVD)

Learning About Letters: Sesame Street (DVD)

Letter Factory / LeapFrog (DVD)

ZOOper Phonics: Teaching Your Child Letter Zounds (DVD)

Great Sight Word Books

Bob Book series - Set 1: Beginning Readers, Set 2: Advancing Beginners, Set 3: Word Families, Set 4: Complex Words

Christopher Raschka's Thingy Things series - Buggy Bug, Clammy Clam, Cowy Cow, Crabby Crab, Doggy Dog, Lamby Lamb, Moosey Moose, Whaley Whale

Go, Dog, Go! By P.D. Eastman (also available as an eBook)

Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss

Winnie the Pooh Adventures in Reading series - Big!, Pooh's Feelings, Friends, My Special Things

Perfect for 1st Time Readers  

Are You My Mother? By P.D. Eastman (also available in Spanish and as an eBook)

Ballet-Cat by Bob Shea

Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems

Fly Guy series by Tedd Arnold

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Scooby Doo Picture Clue series by Robin Wasserman

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