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Books to help kids start school year off right

Books to help kids start school year off right

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With school just days away, several books offer a way for parents to set the stage for the entire year.

By facilitating discussions about what to expect at school, these books help encourage students to share their feelings about the upcoming first day, as well as what they will learn during the year.

Here are some favorites that are perfect for the first few weeks of school.

'The Technology Tail,' by Julia Cook

“The Technology Tail" delivers a timeless message to a new generation just learning how to navigate the digital age. Written for children in first through sixth grade, this book uses rhymes and illustrations to grab their attention while providing parents with tips on how to reinforce online safety and kindness.

'Mindset Matters,' by Bryan Smith

Written for readers in grades kindergarten through fifth, this storybook teaches children how to see problems and dilemmas as opportunities to learn and grow. It also reveals why failing doesn’t make them failures, and includes tips to help parents foster a healthy “get it done” mindset in children.

'Code 7: Cracking the Code for an Epic Life,' by Bryan Johnson

Perfect for middle-age grade students, this book follows a group of seven friends at Flint Hill Elementary School who find themselves on a path to crack the code for an epic life. Whether they’re chasing their dreams on stage or running a makeshift business out of a tree house, these students work together to change their community.

'School of Dragons'

The “School of Dragons” educational book series takes readers on journeys with their favorite characters from the “How to Train Your Dragon” movie as they explore real-life scientific and historical concepts like inventions, storms and volcanoes. Perfect for children ages 7-10, the series also offers readers codes to redeem within the “School of Dragons” game.

'How to Get Your Teacher Ready,' by Jean Reagan

The newest installment in the “How to” series, this book takes readers through a fun and busy school year as a class of students gives tips and tricks for getting a teacher ready for the first day of school and all the events that will follow. As children get their teacher ready, they begin to get themselves ready for important milestones throughout the year, from picture day to field day.

'First Day Jitters,' by Julie Danneberg

Sarah Jane Hartwell is scared and doesn’t want to start over at a new school. However, with the help of her father, she pulls herself together and heads to school, where she quickly befriends Mrs. Burton. This story not only includes a surprise ending, but helps students who are moving districts or heading to a new school for the first time with what can be a scary transition.


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