Every time we look at the calendar we are shocked to see the summer is almost over (heavy sigh). Previously, we did a post that introduced going to school to your youngest child, but what about getting your older kid’s ready to head back? Some kids look forward to the start of the school year while others dread the end of summer. Getting them ready to head back can be as simple as finding a funny book or two! My personal favorites are those in the Wayside School Series. I use to laugh for hours reading them, but we have a ton of other fun books to get your kids ready for the grind!
Picture Books/ Early Readers
A clever and funny tale about an underappreciated teacher who needs a break and a substitute teacher who is sent in to straighten the class out!
This series of books are completely hilarious. If you take a mouse to school he’ll want your sandwich to go with it. And so the story continues. Only this sweet mouse can innocently take all your school supplies and make school this much fun.
When Ed finds a magical coin, strange things begin to happen. Can they find the source of all the weirdness and stop it before all strange things disappear forever? This series is the perfect transition between picture books and chapter books. It has pictures on every page but the story is funny and entertaining.
Junie is going into Kindergarten and definitely has a knack for getting into some trouble. This series is perfect for new readers and will keep your little reader laughing.
This school has the funniest and weirdest group of teachers. This series is funny and engaging.
I can’t even with this book and the series it inspired. Each chapter is a little about each kid at the school and their crazy antics. One kid can only read upside down, One is a rat, There are many Erics and teachers I would have liked to see in real life! This is a must for any library.
These hilarious books are graphic novels that are sure to keep your middle-grade student entertained with crazy antics and ridiculous situations. The lunch lady serves lunch and justice.
This book was included in our best upcoming children’s releases post from last week! Kirsten got an advanced reader copy of this book and devoured it in one sitting. The story is about books being banned at the library and a little girl who decides to fight back!
This Newberry Honor book is a classic from the 50s. With an updated cover, Ramona is a beloved character that still resonates with children today. The story is perfect for older kids to read alone or for younger kids to listen to at story time.
A must-read for kids in middle school, this is an amazing book about embracing differences, kindness and being yourself. August Pullman is a boy with an extraordinary facial difference. He has been homeschooled his entire life and is starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep. This book is amazing.
There is not much that we can say about this series that hasn’t been said already. A love story between a girl and a vampire. That has to end well right? This series is actually one of my favorites when I truly need to lose myself in a world of fantasy.
The book that inspired the popular CW series! This is like a darker version of twilight, more complicated and with more mystical elements – plus there is a love triangle!
I was particularly fascinated by this one because I went to boarding school for high school. My experience was not at all like Lee’s but it does paint an interesting portrait of boarding school life.
A modern-day Holmes and Watson. Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson, the great- great- great-grandchildren of Sherlock and John find themselves together at a Connecticut boarding school. This is the first book in the trilogy. This book is a page-turner as we watch the two students solve a murder that has implications for both of them.
We reviewed this book when we saw the advanced screening of the movie. It was a great movie and a great book a well. Maddie has an auto-immune disorder that leaves her confined to her house. She is homeschooled and longs to go outside; however, she knows that going outside can be deadly. One day, a boy moves in next door and everything changes.
New Adult (for those 18+)
This series is truly unputdownable. You start reading and you can’t put it down. Girl plus five “step- brothers” is a recipe for romance, angst and a great story. We just received an Advanced Reader Copy of the fourth book in the series called Fallen Heir. It is just as addictive as the rest of the series.
This is a truly dark and disturbing tale about a woman whose upcoming wedding has her confronting her past demons. The story is told in flashback about the girl’s high school experiences — and there are a quite a few bombshells in this one. The school in the story is based on my alma mater.
This is a rougher, grittier version of Paper Princess. Involving a rivalry between two schools, a brother/step-sister relationship and kids who fight often, drink even more and are WAY more bad ass than anyone I know. The series contains mature themes.
The entire story takes place at a summer school program for web developing. Dimple meets Rishi. Rishi is a romantic and heads to the program to meet the woman he is sure to become his wife. Dimple is a realist. She wants to win first place in the summer program and has no idea who Rishi is. What follows is a romantic comedy that is a really fun read.
This is such a great modern-day fairy tale. There are a lot of similarities between this book and the love story between Will and Kate. A girl in a private school meets the future king of England and a love story follows. This is such a perfect read to take your mind off school and perhaps inspire a trip to an English boarding school.