Whether going back to school in-person or online, kids may encounter stressful situations. Going to school for the first time, going back to school after COVID-19 distance learning, making new friends, learning how to behave, meeting new teachers, changing schools, or starting a routine can cause anxiety. Share these books with your child to start a helpful conversation.
Starting School for the First Time
Follow the dragon’s lead as kids headed to class explore school manners. When a dragon goes to school, will she throw crayons and refuse to share the toys? Why, no! Dragons don’t do that! While behaving well at school isn’t always easy, this dragon makes it fun.
A companion book to the manners must-have When a Dragon Comes to Stay, this book helps kids get fired up for good classroom behavior.
New routine, new friends, new places, and new faces, and parental or caregiver separation can be a lot to handle at first!
This sensitive book will help kids and parents talk about this big step and transition to being apart during the day—and maybe even have fun at school!
Includes a Reader’s Note to further explain this common behavioral and emotional stage of childhood.
Calling all new kids! Do you know a kid who is ready for their starring role? Or one who has stage fright? Maybe you know a kid who feels like an extra in a movie featuring some other kids and their fabulous lives?
New Kid, New Scene was written just for kids like that. They will learn ways to get adjusted and ease into their new school and surroundings.
Every chapter is packed with stories, useful advice, and quizzes to help kids learn more about who they are.
This book gives kids the ins and outs of navigating new surroundings, making new friends (as well as staying in touch with old ones), and finding a place that feels like their own.
Franny loves her school. She’s played, read, studied, and even napped here. Franny has lots of good memories there. But today it’s time to leave.
As Franny prepares to move to a new school, she takes time to reminisce and cherish her old school. She wants to find a way to honor this special place. How can Franny say goodbye?
Includes a Reader’s Note by the author with information on how to guide children through periods of transition or change and acknowledge their feelings throughout the experience.
ADHD School Strategies
The Homework Squad is here for kids with ADHD! This easy-to-use guide will help with key study skills to improve reading, writing, math, listening, memorization, concentration, and more! Bite-sized tips and tricks, journal prompts, and advice for challenges help kids with ADHD recognize how they learn best and act on that knowledge.
This is an accessible, straightforward, and relatable guide to key study skills for kids with ADHD that features a cast of characters with ADHD to enliven the lessons. The author covers an array of areas where kids with ADHD might struggle academically to help kids recognize how they learn best and act on that knowledge.
Jacob is the beloved character who made national headlines by wearing a dress to school in his debut book, which is one of the most banned books of the decade according to the American Library Association.
When Jacob goes to the boys’ bathroom he is chased out because the boys think he looks like a girl because of the way he is dressed. His classmate, Sophie, has a similar experience when she tries to go to the girls’ bathroom.
When their teacher finds out what happened, Jacob and Sophie, with the support of administration, lead change at their school as everyone discovers the many forms of gender expression and how to treat each other with respect.
While learning their lines and making their costumes for their school play, Jacob’s class finds itself unexpectedly struggling with identity, and what it means to be “he”, “she”, or “they”.
Jacob’s School Play is an engaging way to introduce young readers to non-binary people and the pronoun options available to us all. Learning that individuals are more nuanced than how others see them is a developmentally important milestone and helps foster respect of one’s self and one’s peers.
Feeling Socially Anxious or Shy
Making friends can be tough, but this rhyming picture book will help navigate difficulties of shyness and social anxiety.
Shelli used to be content in her little world, thinking that her pet friends with feathers, fins, and fur were enough. Her bird would keep her company at home, her fish would hideaway in his cave, and her dog was the social butterfly of the neighborhood.
But now, Shelli is determined to try to make friends with kids at school. Readers will relate as Shelli takes brave steps toward breaking out of her shell.
Includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers by Elizabeth McCallum, PhD, with more information about shyness and social anxiety.
Teens will become their bravest and fiercest selves and overcome social anxiety disorder with this helpful, upbeat book written by an expert in the field.
Social anxiety is tough, but teens don’t have to figure it out alone. This empowering book will walk them through strategies that work. From practicing mindfulness to relaxing their bodies, readers can train their brains to help them gradually get back to doing more of what they love to do. These tools will help teens manage anxiety in the future and keep it from managing them.
This book uses evidence-based skills from cognitive behavioral therapy to give teens a toolkit to help kids overcome their anxiety and move toward becoming their bravest, fiercest selves.