Fall is here and school is finally back in session. It’s time to put away the play of summer and get back into focus on studies. Reading, writing, and arithmetic.
It’s the ideal time to inspire young readers with exciting books about school. Here are some of my favorites that will kick off a great year of reading:
Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja by Marcus Emerson
It’s the first day at a different school for 6th grader Chase Cooper. The only person he knows is his cousin Zoe. But he is not like other kids in his grade, he is a ninja.
A group of ninjas recruited him into their clan. It was a world of trouble he wasn’t prepared for. So he decided to keep a diary, to warn other kids about all of the dangers of becoming a ninja. Hopefully he can prevent some other kid from going down his crazy path.
Kids, middle school students, and adults will love this funny, entertaining thriller. Perfect for those familiar with the Wimpy Kid series.
Paperback, ebook, audiobook
Fourth Grade Fairy by Eileen Cook
Willow Doyle just wants to be a normal girl, have a best friend, and fit in at her new school. But there is nothing normal about Willow or her family, they are all fairy godmothers.
Now she is given the change to attend a regular elementary school for two weeks. It’s a taste of her dream of finally living a normal life. But humans don’t even know that fairies exist. She struggles to keep her secret with the constant pressure to follow her family’s tradition and help the normals.
Young readers will love this captivating read. It is a relatable fantasy that will inspire them, yet feel close to home.
8 – 12
3 – 7
The Only Girl in School by Natalie Standiford
With her best friend Bess moving away, Claire is now the only girl left in the entire school. She first thinks it’ll be fine. The girls bathroom is now her own private headquarters as she has it all to herself. And she can face off against any boy in games of soccer or sailing races.
But new problems arise. Her other best friend Henry begins to ignore her. And a super annoying bully won’t leave her alone. Even worse, the yucky boy Gilbert, who has a crush on her, won’t leave her alone too.
Over the length of a wacky school year, Claire will have to make it through challenges big and small all alone. All the boys might think that they rule the school, but when it comes to thinking fast on your feet, Claire has them all beat!
8 – 12
3 – 7
Hardcover, paperback, eBook
Flunked by Jen Calonita
Growing up with five little brothers and sisters in a run-down boot is tough. You have to get creative. So Gilly became a pretty good thief to survive. That was until, she was caught and sent to reform school.
But it wasn’t just any reform school, it was a fairy tale reform school where all of the teachers are former villains from famous fairy tales, such as Cinderella’s Wicked Stepmother, the Evil Queen, of the Big Bad Wolf.
When Gilly makes friends with fellow students Kayla and Jax, she discovers there is more to the school than its heroic mission. A battle is brewing and they will wonder how good these bad guys really are?
Young readers will delight in this exciting read in a fantastic world. It’s the perfect book for parents and kids to read together to start the school year off right.
10 – 13
5 – 8
Hardcover, paperback, eBook, audiobook