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School Survival Skills


By Kirsten at Greenboro

Going back to school, or going to school for the very first time, can be a time of new experiences for all. The following 5 titles are books which can help children and young teens navigate the challenges ahead.

Love Waves by Rosemary Wells.

This is a sweet story which speaks of goodbyes when Mom and Dad leave for work. It’s a  wonderful book for children who may be starting with a new caregiver or at a new school and also equally relevant for the parent who might be having a hard time returning to work and leaving their child for the first time. Suitable for all ages, but aimed at 3 to 5 year olds.


Never Glue your Friends to Chairs by Katherine Applegate

This is the first book in the Roscoe Riley Rules series. Meet Roscoe, an active grade 1 student who tends to spend some time in the time out chair. He is a child with great ideas which don’t always work out as planned. This series is a great one to read to your Grade 1 student, so that they know that they are not alone in their experiences and occasional mishaps. An early chapter book, this series will also appeal to the Grade 2 or 3 student who enjoys reading.

 How to Write a Report by Cecilia Minden and Kate Roth

This book is one in the Language arts explorer junior series. As Grade 3-5 children begin to learn more about research and expression of knowledge, this easy to read and nicely illustrated short book presents them with the different steps from defining your topic to organizing your research into a well presented report. Aimed at children in Grades 3 to 5


How to Talk to an Autistic Child by Daniel Stefanski

Coping with new environments and making friends go hand in hand with school. Not all of us think or interact in the same way. Daniel Stefanski (who is autistic) wrote this book when he was 14. It presents in easy terms for those in early or middle grades how a child or teen with autism views and interprets the world around him. This book is not only handy for helping a child to make friends with someone with autism, but also for those with autism to share to help others understand them. Best suited for ages 7- 12


The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

Middle school can be a difficult time of adjustment. It is nice to have a wise figure to help solve some of the day to day issues of life. Enter Origami Yoda who speaks words of wisdom through the young socially awkward man on whose finger he lives. It’s a fun look at navigating the world and what it throws at you.  Tweens in grades 5 to 8 will enjoy this title the most.