Goodbye Brings Hello : A Book of Firsts by Dianne White (ill. by Daniel Wiseman). 9780544798755. 2018. Gr PK-2.

Yes, I do realize that for most of our readers, school has just finished for the summer, and that you are looking forward to a couple months of rest and relaxation—unless, of course, you have kids of your own to attend to. But the State Fair (in Minnesota, at least) is barely two months away, and the first day of school is the day after Labor Day!

Goodbye Brings Hello: A Book of Firsts follows a diverse group of children as they learn new skills and, in the process, put away old activities. Learning to ride a two-wheeler or tie a shoe means putting away the tricycle and the Velcro shoes. And saying goodbye to a summer of meeting new challenges brings the first day of school!

Enjoy your summer! We at Mackin Books in Bloom are taking a break for the summer as well, but we’ll return at the start of the new school year with lots of new books to share!



Don’t Go to School! by Maire Zepf (ill. by Tarsila Kruse). 9781454923596. 2017. Gr PK-1.
Benno the bear’s first day of school arrives, but Mommy doesn’t want him to leave. Benno has a great idea to help Mommy survive a day without him.

Fall Is for School by Robert Neubecker. 9781484732540. 2017. Gr K-2.
Two siblings face the end of summer and the beginning of fall with opposite opinions. The young girl is excited for the start of school and leaves turning colors, while the older boy laments the end of summer vacation.

Going to School by Rose Blake. 9781786030696. August 2018. Gr PK-1.
Follow a little girl throughout her school day, from getting out of bed to going to sleep.

How to Get Your Teacher Ready by Jean Reagan (ill. by Lee Wildish). 9780553538250. 2017. Gr PK-3.
Students provide instructions for properly preparing one’s teacher for the school year, including how to welcome her and getting her ready for events such as the holiday concert and field day.


Lena’s Shoes Are Nervous : A First-Day-of-School Dilemma by Keith Calabrese & Juana Medina. 9781534408944. July 2018. Gr PK-2.
Lena is very excited to start kindergarten, but there is one problem: her favorite shoes are nervous!

Mae’s First Day of School by Kate Berube. 9781419723254. July 2018. Gr PK-2.
The closer Mae gets to school, the more she is determined NOT to go. She can think of many reasons to skip school, until she meets some new friends on her way.

A New School Year : Stories in Six Voices by Sally Derby (ill. by Mika Song). 9781580897303. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Poems follow six children from the night before the first day of school through the last bell of the school day.

Princess Arabella Goes to School by Mylo Freeman. 9781911115656. 2018. Gr PK-2.
Princess Arabella and her friends enjoy their first day at Princess School.


School People by Lee Bennett Hopkins (ill. by Ellen Shi). 9781629797038. 2018. Gr K-3.
These poems celebrate life at school and the people students will meet inside their school building, including teachers, the custodian, the librarian, and the nurse.

Second Grade Holdout by Audrey Vernick (ill. by Matthew Cordell). 9780544876811. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Missing the familiarity of first grade and imagining the impossible tasks assigned by his next teacher, a boy refuses to start second grade.

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins. 9781368003551. 2018. Gr PK-K.
Penelope the dinosaur has a healthy appetite. After a huge lunch, she is still hungry so eats all her classmates. (To be fair, she didn’t realize she would be going to school with children!) She spits them all up, of course, but how will she ever learn that classmates aren’t for eating?

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