Children’s Books: Keep Your Cool For Back-to-School

The lazy days of summer are coming to a close. Back-to-school activities can be stressful for the whole family. But it can be fun, too! If you need a respite from the chaos, take a few quiet moments to read. Here are some school themed choices to help get the family ready for school:

For both kids and moms who are getting ready for kindergarten, Go Home Mrs. Beekman! By Ann Redisch Stampler, illustrated by Marshs Gray Carrington, is sure to tickle a funny bone. Emily Beekman refuses to go to school until her mother promises to stay at school for “a million gazillion years.” But Emily likes school – and Mrs. Beekman refuses to leave. After all, a promise is a promise! Depite Teacher Sue’s pleas, Mrs. Beekman finds clever ways to sneak into the classroom. With vibrant illustrations and hilarious prose, Mrs. Beekman is sure to bring a smile. Teachers will also enjoy this selection as a perfect read aloud for the first day of school.


Never mind the three r’s, most kids worry more about friendships than homework Worst Best Friend by Alexis O’Neill, illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith, is the story of Mike and Conrad, two best, best friends. Until the new kid Victor becomes Conrad’s new buddy. With fun, frolicking language, and bold illustrations, Worst Best Friend presents realistic schoolyard dynamics with humor and fun. A perfect companion to The Recess Queen, also by O’Neill and Huliska-Beith


Mrs. Dole Is Out Of Control is the first book in the My Weird School Daze Series by Dan Gutman. Emerging readers will love this fun chapter book about a PTA President who plans an overblown celebration for the third grade class. The whole series is great fun and kids will relate to the characters as well as the frolicking escapades.


Family life gets busy during the fall months. Amid homework and soccer games, don’t forget to carve out some reading time. Reading is a great way to relax after a busy day!

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Like A Maccabee – This middle grade chapter book tells the story of Ben, a 10-year-old boy who is gearing up for a championship soccer game while adjusting to the changes in his family that have occurred since his grandfather moved in. Ben faces challenges at school, including the bully from the opposing soccer team, and frustrations at home.

About Barbara Bietz

Barbara is a writer from Oak Park, California. Her favorite pastime is reading children’s books. She enjoys writing for adults and children. Her work has appeared in numerous publications. Visit Barbara’s website at and blog – Talking about great kid’s books and sharing ideas about writing for kids.
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Barbara Bietz, -Childrens' Books and Movie Section, is a children's author, magazine writer, children's book reviewer, and past chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. She loves talking about the creative process, books and the craft of writing. Her middle-grade chapter book, LIKE a MACCABEE,(Yotzeret Publishing) is a PJ Library selection. Barbara reviews books and movies and has contributed to numerous print and online publications. She also teaches writing classes for adults. Learn more about Barbara at
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