I love the topics of the 5 Minutes for Books Children's Classics carnival. This month we are looking at Back-to-School books.
I have to say that sometimes I (and others), veer from the "classics" section, but perhaps not if we are simply talking about books which might be eligible for conclusion in that canon based on their quality, regardless of publishing date.
I could name several books right off the top of my head that are well known books that every child is supposed to read before going to school (and we haven't read many of them!). However, can I make a plug for my favorite little rodent Scaredy Squirrel once again? Without specifically addressing "back-to-school," Melanie Watt addresses the fear of the unknown, which is the hurdle that many children must face, whether starting school for the first time ever, or moving to a new building, or even a new classroom.
The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School by Laurie Halse Anderson is brand new -- just released this summer. Zoe F. is moving from the laid-back Kindergarten classroom, to the stricter first grade level. The problem is her hair. It's wild, unmanageable, and has a mind of it's own! It's unable to be contained with barrettes, headbands or bows, so how will it fall under the rule of the strict Ms. Trisk? It's a cute picture book that might open the door to discuss latent fears that kids might have about school, or they might just enjoy the silliness of a story centered around a little girl with a big unruly red mane of hair.
Then I was trying to think of some middle-grade novels, since so many of them center around school, and Harry Potter came right to mind. How cool to go back to school with the wizards who are always returning to Hogwarts at the beginning of each book to facce some new adventure and challenge.
If you'd like to share some of your favorite books dealing with Back-to-School, click over to 5 Minutes for Books' Children's Classics, or just read through the comments and links and get some new ideas to fill up your bookbag.