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August, 22 2019 Books

Booklist: September 2019 – Back to School Books for your Backpack!

We’re judging books – but not by their covers!

Back to school shopping MIGHT be one of our favorite activities! New backpack, new school supplies (swoon!), and NEW BOOKS!

We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorites that you haven’t already heard of and read 1000 times. Check ’em out!

Julian is a Mermaid

by Jessica Love

Why we love it: With beautiful illustrations and story, this book is all about being true to yourself and the beauty in being seen for who you truly are. Julian is a Mermaid is the winner of the 2019 Stonewall Book Award and a Waterstones Children’s Book Prize nominee.


Rhyme Flies

by Antonia Pesenti

Why we love it: Kids LOVE this book. Puns and other jokes often sail over small children’s heads, but the humor in Rhyme Flies is made just for them! Quirky, stylish, and oh-so-fun to read over and over again!


Hands Are Not For Hitting

by Martine Agassi

Why we love it: Written by psychologist Martine Agassi, this book helps children understand positive alternatives to expressing themselves through physical reactions. A helpful tool for both parents and kids!

The Princess and the Pony

by Kate Beaton

Why we love it: Sometimes being different is the best possible thing you can be! This book is super silly (complete with Pony who passes too much gas), empowering, and is sure to make kiddoes smile.

Princess and pony

Me and the Measure of Things

by Joan Sweeney

Why we love it: Don’t forget non-fiction can be fun, too! This easy-to-understand book has beautiful pictures to help introduce the concept of quantifying things in everyday life. Try other books in the “Me and…” series like Me and My Amazing Body!


The Kissing Hand

by Audrey Penn

Why we love it: This sweet, sensitive book is great for helping kiddoes learn that familial love is always there! As summer days grow shorter, The Kissing Hand is great for developing coping skills as back-to-school time approaches.


We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

by Michael Rosen

Why we love it: Get up, get moving! This book is fun to act out and chant along! We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is a classic, must-read for young kids.

bear hunt

Thunder and Lightning: A Story for a Stormy Night

by Tim Sheridan

Why we love it: Summer thunderstorms can be a little scary; take away some of the fear with this cute story of lasting friendship!


The Relatives Came

by Cynthia Rylant

Why we love it: Cynthia Rylant’s Caldecott Award winner is the quintessential summer storybook for kids. It’s a sweet, poetic story about summer visits with family.


the relatives