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I'm sure we all have lots of mixed emotions about the kids going back to school this year. 

Whether your children are clamouring at the gates to get back or feeling anxious about returning, it is bound to be a big adjustment. But 'Back to School' doesn't have to be terror-inducing. 

Why not start preparing your children early with some brilliant books that will make them look forward to - rather than dread - the Big Day? 

We've picked our Top Back to School Books for you.

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Ten Delicious Teachers

An irreverent and zany counting book that is gently thrilling and written in a deliciously infectious rhyme with witty and whimsical illustrations.

Ten very foolish teachers have missed the last bus home. But LOOK - a shortcut through the forest! They'll be back in time for tea! Off they skip, unaware that in the woods a hungry horde of mischievous and hilariously goofy monsters is waiting...

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Tilda Tries Again: A Big Bright Feelings Book

Be open, be honest, be you! Big Bright Feelings for little people. Tilda's world is just as she likes it . . . until one day, it turns completely UPSIDE DOWN. All of a sudden, everything is topsy-turvy, and nothing feels right. Things that were once easy now seem incredibly challenging. Can Tilda discover a new way to approach her problems and believe in herself? Bold, bright and empowering, this is an inspiring story about coping with difficult situations. It's the ideal book for helping children to build resilience and embrace a 'can do' approach to life. Tom Percival's Big Bright Feelings series is the perfect springboard for conversations about mental and emotional health, positive self-image, building self-confidence and managing feelings. Every child's bookshelf should contain his books.

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Monsters go to School

Billy's Mini Monsters really want to go to school with him. But Billy really doesn't want them to. He's got enough trouble with the school bully, Basil Brown. But perhaps having MONSTERS around will be more helpful than Billy imagines... Meet Billy and the Mini Monsters in this laugh-out-loud adventure series for young readers, with colourful illustrations throughout.

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Fizzy and the Party: A Bloomsbury Young Reader: White Book Band

A delightfully funny story, ideal for children practising reading at home or in school. It's time for Fizzy to go to bed, but next door, Mrs Crumbleboom and her band are having a party. Fizzy is desperate to join in the fun. Will Mum let her stay up just a little bit longer? This family comedy from Ireland's Children's Laureate Sarah Crossan, starring the characters from Fizzy and Bandit, is perfect for Key Stage 1 (KS1) children who are learning to read by themselves. It features illustrations from Nicola Colton, creator of the Jasper and Scruff books, and a feisty heroine children will love. Bloomsbury Young Readers are the perfect way to get children reading, with book-banded stories by brilliant authors like Julia Donaldson. With gorgeous colour illustrations and inside cover notes to help children get the most out of stories, this series is ideal for home and school. Guided reading notes written by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) are available at bloomsburyguidedreading.com. 'Every child needs a Bloomsbury Young Reader.' (Julie-Ann McCulloch, Teacher) White Book Band. Ideal for ages 6+.

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Sticker Dolly Dressing Back to School

Help the sticker dollies get ready for school by finding their clothes and equipment and sticking them in place. Hours of fun to help you get your head together for your own return to school.

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Maggie and the Moonbird: A Bloomsbury Reader

An inspiring fantasy story from Katya Balen, author of The Space We're In and October, October. Margot wants her parents to take her birdwatching like they promised but they're too busy and she ends up at the zoo with her auntie and her annoying cousins. There, she sees a strange bird and takes one of its beautiful silver feathers home. Little does she know, that this is the start of a magical adventure in the moonlight... This magical story features black-and-white illustrations by Pham Quang Phuc. The Bloomsbury Readers series is packed with book-banded stories to get children reading independently in Key Stage 2 by award-winning authors like double Carnegie Medal winner Geraldine McCaughrean and Waterstones Prize winner Patrice Lawrence. With black and white illustrations and online guided reading notes written by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), this series is ideal for home and school. For more information visit www.bloomsburyguidedreading.com. Book Band: Dark Blue (Ideal for ages 9+)

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Vocabulary Ninja Workbook for Ages 10-11: Vocabulary activities to support catch-up and home learning

Ideal for learning at home, Vocabulary Ninja Workbook for Ages 10-11 encourages children to supercharge their skills and become Grand Masters of vocabulary! Created by trusted author and teacher Andrew Jennings, Vocabulary Ninja Workbook for Ages 10-11 is perfect for targeted practice at home, building children's confidence and further developing those all-important literacy skills taught in the classroom. With clear activities and lots of colourful illustrations, it can be used as a fun way to get to grips with reading, writing and spelling. This engaging vocabulary workbook: - Features a variety of fun activities with full-colour illustrations, including code-breaking games, creative writing and synonym-matching - Helps children practise different vocabulary areas linked to the Key Stage 2 (KS2) curriculum, such as descriptive words, subject-specific terms and synonyms for overused words - Boosts children's confidence and develops essential vocabulary knowledge - Includes advice for parents on home learning, answers to the questions, and a downloadable certificate

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Go Big: The Secondary School Survival Guide

'If you have kids transitioning from primary to secondary school, this book is for you (well, for your kids!) ... Helpful, funny and encouraging' - Sarah Turner AKA The Unmumsy Mum

The bestselling back to school handbook, from the nation's favourite head teacher, Mr Burton.


Secondary school can seem scary. Corridors are wide, older students look terrifying and there's homework, messy friendships and stressful exams to deal with.

But, whether you're about to land at secondary school or you're still settling in, Mr Burton is here to guide you through your journey - worry-free.

From your first day to your final exams, this handbook will have you achieving, succeeding and being the best you can be. Find great friends, boost your confidence and start building toward your brilliant future.

Written by head teacher and star of Educating Yorkshire, Mr Matthew Burton, this is the ultimate secondary school survival guide.

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Picture Books About School

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Picture Books about Starting School

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Getting ready for school

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First School skills

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Starting Nursery and Playgroup

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Non-Fiction & Reference 6 to 8

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Fiction set in a school 6 to 8

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Fiction set in a School 9+

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STARTING SECONDARY SCHOOL

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The Good Turn
The Good Turn

BOOK OF THE MONTH - Our young readers loved this sharp, funny middle grade adventure with themes of real-life activism and how to help others from award winning author Sharna Jackson.

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