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Brilliant books for going back to school


We're joining in with the #8BrilliantBooks Instagram challenge created by Esther of @mrsbrownsbookbox and Laura of @loveableliterature again. This week the theme is books preparing children for a return to the classroom or their first experience of school. This selection also includes stories that are perfect for helping preschoolers and toddlers adjust to nurseries and creches too...

Cheeky Monkey by Zehra Hicks, Hachette

All about a playful primate’s interactions with his classmates, this helps children learn to get along with their peers and consider the feelings of others. Take a closer look...


The Perfect Fit by Naomi and James Jones, Oxford University Press

This triangle's quest to find friends who look just like her introduces children to colours, shapes and the importance of diversity and inclusion. Take a closer look...


I Have to Start at School Today Simon Philip Ged Adamson

I Have to Start at School Today is an extremely entertaining and reassuring story that approaches anxiety in an entirely original way. Take a closer look...


Today I'm Strong by Nadiya Hussain and Ella Bailey, Hodder

This wonderful, hopeful and empowering story handles bullying in a sensitive and child-friendly way, and helps young people find their voice, even when feeling intimidated. Take a closer look...


Don't go to School by Máire Zepf and Tarsila Krüse, Futa Fata

A heartwarming and hilarious role-reversal story, this shows how even adults get scared sometimes, as Benno's mother is terrified of him going to school. Illustrated by Tarsila Krüse who designed our gorgeous logos and written by Irish author Máire Zepf, this book is also available as Gaeilge. Take a closer look...


Colour Monster Goes to School Anna Llenas

This bright and cheerful story captures all the excitement and apprehension of starting school and is a fantastic introduction to a typical day in a classroom. Take a closer look...


Wanda's Words Got Stuck by Lucy Rowland and Paula Bowles Nosy Crow Cover

Featuring a little witch who has difficulty speaking, this is a wonderful story about overcoming fears and channelling the strength you hadn’t realised you possessed. Take a closer look...


Caryl Hart has written so many amazing books that gently teach children classroom etiquette and how to interact harmoniously, it's impossible to choose just one. I've reviewed all of these except the first Mini Monsters book, Can I Play? but I bought it as a gift recently and it's fantastic too. Click on the below covers to take a closer look at each book.


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