Whether you’re introducing a kindergarten student to their very first day of school, preparing your children to go back to school, or welcoming your students back to school, a funny story can be a good way to ease fears and make a child feel welcome in their school. Here are a couple of excellent funny back to school books for kids.
What the Dinosaurs Did at School by Refe and Susan Tuma
Follow the adventures of these plastic dinosaurs as they explore the school, creating chaos wherever they go! What the Dinosaurs Did at School by Refe and Susan Tuma is a fun and silly book that is great for any kid that is wild about dinosaurs! The photographs in this book are funny and exciting, with so many different things going on in each picture. From creating a mess out of food in the cafeteria to causing a creative disaster in the art room, these dinosaurs will keep you entertained throughout the whole book- and the whole school!
Milk Goes to School by Terry Border
Milk Goes to School is an entertaining read that is full of word play. This picture book is full of fun puns and great photos that show the adventures of Milk, Cupcake, Waffle and other friends on the first day of school. I loved that this book was a bit of a cautionary tale on acting snotty towards kids at school- Milk has an attitude towards her classmates, but comes around and learns her lesson, and learns how to make friends. This is wonderful book to read in a family with younger and older kids- the puns will entertain even the older kids and they can have fun finding and pointing out the silly details in the photos- like “Pride and Pickle Juice” It’s also a fun read for adults!
School’s First Day of School– story by Adam Rex and pictures by Christian Robinson
School’s First Day of School is a creative back to school book written in a unique perspective- the school building itself! School is built over the summer, and enjoys janitor coming each day to get school ready. But will he enjoy the experience of having the teachers and children arriving and spending all day in him?
Christian Robinson’s illustrations are simple, warm and inviting. His illustrations shows many differences in the children- some come to school by car, by walking, by bicycle, or by school bus. They come in a rainbow of hues. I really appreciated the illustration of a child in a wheelchair- it can be very difficult to find books that are inclusive and this book gives a wonderful sense of inclusivity and belonging. This would be a great book for children who are nervous to begin their first day of school or who are starting at a new school.
School’s First Day of School would make a wonderful book for reading aloud, especially to a kindergarten class to welcome them on their very first day of school. Adam Rex really shows the personality of the school by writing his thoughts and his conversations with the janitor. I really enjoyed the fact that the negative thoughts of the children and the school are shown as well as the positive thoughts. Even though there can be bad parts to school, overall it is a wonderful experience to come together, learn and make new friends. School’s First Day of School is a fabulous picture book for back to school.
Through the Gate by Sally Fawcett is the story of a girl who moves to a new house, and gradually finds a home. I love the simple prose and the pattern it follows, repeating without being boring. The illustrations use the contrast between the grey scale and colour beautifully, and it really adds to the story, showing the difference between what the character feels about her new house versus how she feels about the other houses and things she passes on her way to school.
This book is a great story to read and re-read, children can point out the differences in each scene as the house changes bit by bit. A wonderful story for children who have recently moved or will soon move, or children that are going through any kind of changes in their life. it would make a good story to start reading before back to school, as a child starts going to school for the first time or as they go through the changing of classrooms and teachers when entering a new grade.