Back to School Books

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It's almost the start of another school year!

Whether your children are clamouring at the gates to get back or feeling anxious about starting school for the first time, it is always an adjustment after the long summer holidays. 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 in the list below, full of great reads if your child is getting ready to start school, moving up to secondary school or is somewhere in between. We've got sweet picture books, trusty classics and knee-slappingly funny books too!

We also have a "Getting Ready for School" activity pack from Usborne. And you may want to check out some of our other blogs from the past years:

10 books to help your kid settle into a new school

5 books for kids starting a new school

100 Ways to Encourage Reading at School

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Very First Questions and Answers Why do I have to go to school?

A brilliant new book in the Usborne Lift-the-Flap Very First Questions and Answers with a school twist!  The perfect helper for children aged 3+ who have questions about school.

Why do we have to go to school? What happens at school? Do I have to go to school every day? How do I get to school? From forming friendships to learning new skills, this book with friendly flaps to lift and uncover has ALL the answers about starting school. Join the lively bunch of children as they discover what school is really about and how to make the most of it!

With delightful illustrations, inventive flaps and gentle humour, this book will help boost confidence and calm any back-to-school nerves.


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There's an Alien in My Lunchbox!

Chaos and hilarity take over during Show and Tell at Noah’s school in this hilarious full colour rhyming picture book about the magic of books!

Noah has brought his favourite storybook to school for Show and Tell, but there’s just one small problem…the characters have escaped! Aliens, witches, ghosts and dragons are all causing havoc in every class! Lunch? Stolen. Toilets? Blocked. Noah will have to catch them all if he wants to save his school from misbehaving characters!

From debut author Tessa Gearing and Lollies Award-winning Chris Jevons, this is the most hilarious rhyming picture book that pays homage to all our favourite storybook characters!


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The Bear Behind

A hilarious take on first days of school from bestselling picture book duo Sam Copeland and Pippa Curnick, perfect for all readers and bear-lovers tackling new beginnings!

Shy Ivor wakes up with a funny feeling in his tummy on a rainy Monday morning. It’s his first day at school and he is EXTREMELY nervous. So it's more than a minor catastrophe for him to discover on his very first day of school that he has a great big...BEAR BEHIND! And even though the bear promises no one will notice him, chaos and calamity will soon unfold!

This is a sweet yet super funny picture book about leaving our fears behind and dealing with change.

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The Worst Class in the World Total Mayhem!

A fall-on-your-feet-laughing school-themed chapter book for readers aged 6+, Horrid Henry fans will love the students of 4B, the WORST class in the world!

Head teacher Mrs Bottomley-Blunt has seen quite a few rotten eggs in her days, but she is convinced no class could ever be worse than 4B, the WORST CLASS IN THE WORLD. Instead of learning, all 4B want to do is fiddle-faddle and have FUN. Inconceivable! It also doesn’t help that best friends Stanley and Manjit seem to cause TOTAL MAYHEM wherever they go.

Join these two friends on their hilarious madcap adventures!

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Lenny Lemmon and the Trail of Crumbs

If you love books by Pamela Butchard or the Wimpy Kid series, this school-based comedy series for readers aged 7+, illustrated throughout, will have you howling with laughter!

When an important visitor turns up at school one day, Lenny and his friends shunned away to tidy the back field with the school dog, Crumbs. When Lenny and his pals realise the school is trying to hide the naughty children from their visitor to save face, they want answers. To get what they want, they nearly bring down the whole school! Will they be able to save the day (and Fleurwood Academy) after all?

A hilarious book of students wreaking havoc, but managing to get through just in time!


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Holes

Get ready to dig up the truth with this amazing modern classic every child aged 9+ should read, winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award.

The Yelnats' family has always been particularly unlucky, and its youngest member Stanley is no exception as he’s sent to Camp Green Lake Juvenile Detention Centre (which isn't green and doesn't have a lake) for a crime he never committed. Here the prisoners’ punishment is to dig holes every day, but Stanley knows there’s more to the story and together with his new friends, he’s determined to uncover the truth.

This is brilliant story of friendship, survival and self-confidence every child should read at least once.

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The After School Crime Club

This middle-grade new release is about grief and loss, wanting to fit in desperately and discovering just how special we are for readers aged 9+. 

Willow never felt alone thanks to her Nanna. But when school starts again and her Nanna has passed away, she feels lonelier than ever. She only feels like she belongs when she’s doing ‘fun’ dares involving stealing for a group of girls that pretend to be her friends. The dares get more and more serious, and Willow will have to decide how far she’s ready to go just so she can fit in.

This wise, warm and uplifting story from the acclaimed author of Luna Rae is Not Alone explores what it feels like to lose yourself and the joy of discovering you're perfect just as you are.

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Horrid Henry: Terrible Teachers: 6 Stories

Horrid Henry meets the classroom with six hilarious stories in this new addition to the illustrated series for mayem-makers aged 5+!

From DREADFUL dance classes to BAD CHILDREN’S ROOM visits, all the way to sabotaged sports days and counterfeit book reports. This book is a collection of knee-slapplingly funny and tear-inducingly silly stories! Did we mention that Henry EVEN becomes PRESIDENT?!

This fully illustrated story book with interactive text is the perfect way to help children transition from picture book to chapter book reading, and even includes a bonus section with activities and jokes!


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Picture Books About School
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Picture Books about Starting School
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STARTING SECONDARY SCHOOL
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