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The Dickinson Public Library Presents: The Best Back to School Books

Ten fun books to get your kids excited for back-to-school reading

By Caitlin Meyer, Adult Programming Coordinator, Dickinson Area Public Library 

Picking out school supplies has got to be one of the best experiences for back-to-schoolers. But the only thing that could possibly trump the pencil case that looks like a monster or the notebook that looks like the tail of a mermaid would be the back to school books you get to pick out! Narrowing down those selections can become extremely tedious, so we did it for you!

The Dickinson Area Pubic Library’s official 2017 back to school booklist:

1. Douglas, You Need Glasses!, by Ged Adamson

Douglas is an adorable dog that really, really needs glasses. Kids will go on a hilarious journey with him as he goes to get an eye exam and pick out his stylish pair of glasses. Recommended for children reluctant to see their eye doctor or for grades PreK-Grade 2.

2. Bixby’s Last Day, by John David Anderson 

What do three trouble making kids do when they find out their one-of-a-kind teacher is leaving school because of a serious illness? Give her the best last day ever! Children will be moved to think about the special teachers who have touched their lives. Recommended for Grades 4-6. Slight warning, there is language!

3. Tek The Modern Cave Boy, by Patrick McDonnell

This book could be more of a lesson for parents of young children than the actual children. Tek is just like his namesake, very into technology. But as Tek plays on his phone and video games, the world passes him by. This book gets extra props for being in the shape of an iPhone. Recommended for PreK-Grade 2.

4. NewsPrints, by Ru Xu

Blue is an orphan girl working as a newsboy for “the only paper in town that tells the truth.” With false information being a constant on social media, Xu’s novel will give kids something to consider about their own news. This graphic novel offers a little bit of everything: adventure, friendships, steampunk, sci-fi, and more. Recommended for Grades 4-7.

5. Best Frints in the Whole Universe, by Antoinette Portis

What exactly is a Frint? Well on this alien planet, it’s a friend who you care about a lot but still doesn’t get to borrow your spossip (that’s alien for “spaceship”). Little earthlings will learn about how to handle their own frints and hopefully make a best frint along the way. Recommended for kindergarten-grade 2.

6. Moo, by Sharon Creech

Fans of Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech’s other novels like Love That Dog or Hate That Cat will be thrilled with her new novel Moo. For first timers, Creech tells the story of Reena as she moves to Maine and has to take care of her crazy neighbor’s cow, all through poetry! Her prose and the layout of the words will leave kids wanting more, and having parents scrambling for more poetry. Recommended for Grades 3-6.

7. Lucy & Andy Neanderthal, by Jeffrey Brown

Who knew that cavemen would come back in style? Follow the adventures of these hilarious siblings as they have crazy adventures and come across their biggest challenge yet: meeting humans. Young fans of Jedi Academy will love Brown’s newest series, plus, there is already a sequel that is on Amazon’s bestsellers list! Recommended for Grades 2-5.

8. The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt 

Voted the best picture book of 2013, many are familiar with this story. Duncan opens his crayon box only to find letters telling him they quit! But did you know that there is a sequel? The Day the Crayons Came Home captures the same spirit as the first book. Plus there are several board books for the younger readers. Recommended for grades PreK-Grade 2.

9. Fortunately the Milk, by Neil Gaiman

Abducted by aliens? Captured by pirates? Traveling with scientist dinosaur? What now?! All that and more happens to one father as he is taken on a whirlwind adventure through time and all he was doing was getting milk for his kids’ cereal…and his tea. Fortunately, he manages to keep the milk through most of the adventure…most. Recommended for Grades 3-7.

10. Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

Last, but certainly not least on this list is Zita. Basic rundown: Zita’ best friend is abducted by an alien doomsday cult and Zita goes to rescue him. Kids of all ages will love this action packed graphic novel. Oh, and don’t be startled by the humanoid chickens! Recommended for Grades 2-5.

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