Top 10 Extra Special Back to School Books for an Extra Special School Year – By Shawna Della Cerra

As this school year commences, many feelings are circling in our hearts and minds. Lawley Publishing is spotlighting the Top 10 Back to School Books for an EXTRA SPECIAL School Year that is sure to set you and your family up for a positive social, emotional, and academic year ahead.

1. Babe the Ballerina Dog, Erin Mindes and Lindsey Furr

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While May’s brother, August, is away at school, May diligently teaches her dog, Babe, how to be a ballerina. May naturally implements differentiated instruction during her time with Babe the Ballerina Dog. This is the perfect book for teachers and students alike, with a message of fur-family adoration and dedication to the love of learning.

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https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/babe-the-ballerina-dog-erin-mindes/1139850965?ean=9781952209819

2. Each Kindness, Jacqueline Woodson

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This Jane Addams Award book is sure to make an impact with its anti-bullying message. Written for 5–8-year-olds, this story would be a fabulous read-aloud for all to hear. Woodson shares a story of friends that are less than accepting of the new girl at school. Similar to the story The Hundred Dresses, this story will bring silence and deep thoughts to the listener while gingerly teaching the importance of acceptance. What action can you complete that will have a positive ripple effect?

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Listen to this book here:

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlNgYno4W14

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https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/each-kindness-jacqueline-woodson/1109324628?ean=9780399246524

3. Fish in a Tree, Lynda Mullaly Hunt

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Everyone faces different kinds of challenges. For some students, struggling with schoolwork can lead to negative behaviors at school. Thank goodness for educators like Fish in a Tree’s Mr. Daniels. His attentiveness to students allows Ally to face her challenges, consequently leading to positive changes in her outlook on school, approach to learning, and relationships. Your confidence in your differences will increase upon reading Hunt’s Fish in a Tree.

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https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fish-in-a-tree-lynda-hunt/1120198328?ean=9780142426425

4. Love, Matt de la Peña

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Love is an extremely moving picture book. Individuals face challenges every day. Through Matt de la Peña’s poetic words, as well as the beautiful illustrations, the reader is reminded where love can be found.

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Listen to this book here:

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrkTxSHPrEw

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https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-matt-de-la-pe-a/1127141765?ean=9781524740917

5. Madeline the Mermaid, Holly Andreason and Julie Awerkamp

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Madeline is a beautiful mermaid struggling with her feelings of self-worth. The authors take us on Madeline’s journey at sea, discovering just how special she is. Madeline the Mermaid will give rise to conversations on self-importance and surrounding yourself with strong and confident individuals.

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6. Short, Holly Goldberg Sloan

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Everyone needs positive role models. Role models provide an image—and visual proof—for who we aim to be, consequently impacting our view, behaviors, and growth. Julia is a short young lady who experiences significant personal growth one summer as she gets involved in a university play: The Wizard of Oz. This rib-tickling and relatable story is highly recommended for middle-grade students.

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https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/short-holly-goldberg-sloan/1124272395?ean=9780399186226

7. Spy School, Stuart Gibbs

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Stuart Gibbs tells a fantastic story of how a 12-year-old gets recruited to be a spy. Through many adventurous twists, Ben wonders if he’s cut out to go from nerd to superspy agent. Spy School is the first of many in this collection.

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8. Thank You, Please, and Pardon Me, Kristin Russo and Kyle McDonald

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There are sooo many rules we learn when we are growing up. Saying please and thank you are just a few. Russo and McDonald make learning social etiquette enjoyable and memorable through their delightful book. A fun book for all! Parents and teachers alike will enjoy how helpful this book is in teaching manners.

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https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/thank-you-please-and-pardon-me-kristin-russo/1139418874?ean=9781952209727

9. The Seven Habits of Happy Kids, Sean Covey and Stacy Curtis

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These seven steps are essential for everyone to know, and teaching them early in life is a fantastic gift you could give your child. Covey’s stories feature characters who are used throughout to book to deliver specific messages. The first story encourages initiative and being responsible for your own happiness. The other six stories pertain to having a plan, working comes before playing, everyone can win, listening before speaking, together is better, and balance is best.

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https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/7-habits-of-happy-kids-sean-covey/1100574499?ean=9781416957768

10. The Secret Lake: A Children’s Mystery Adventure, Karen Inglis

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This intriguing and mysterious book will have you hanging on every word. Set in Great Britain, young kids will enjoy this good, clean, adventurous, mysterious time travel story. Cuddle up with this book and relax after a long day at school.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g93cZpburqc

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https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-secret-lake-karen-inglis/1107034064?ean=9780956932303

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Our Top 10 EXTRA SPECIAL Back to School Books for an EXTRA SPECIAL School Year offers a wide array of options for all readers. These titles discuss relevant topics and positively impact all who open the pages of these sensational books. Lawley Publishing wishes you all an extra special school year filled with good health, vast learning, open hearts, and compassionate opportunities to spread joy and happiness.

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