Back to School Books Calendar Printable Countdown


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Countdowns are SUCH a fun way to build anticipation and excitement for a big event.  There are so many great books for kids about school and about the first day of school.  Grab a free copy of our Back to School Books Countdown and read, read, READ your way to the first day of school!

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Back to School Books Calendar Printable Countdown

We are always counting down to something around here.  We count down to vacations, birthdays, and yes, the first and last days of school.  Countdowns are so fun and always help to build excitement.  Counting down to the first day of school is both exciting and many times, a little anxious.  New school, new grade, new teacher, new classroom, new friends – any ONE of those could certainly be a source of anxiety for many kids. Often, the start of a new school year means a combination of those things.

It might be the teacher in me, or it might just be the book lover in me, but I turn to books on many occasions to help my kids through various milestones. School is no exception!  There are dozens upon dozens of fantastic children’s books out there about the first day of school and other back to school related happenings.

My printable calendar (see below!) includes some of my favorite books for kids about school.  You can round them up at your local library or bookstore or find them online for example at AmazonOpens in a new tab.. You can also look for these books in audiobook format (on audibleOpens in a new tab., for example) or including in ebook subscriptions (Kindle UnlimitedOpens in a new tab., for example).

Here are the books included in my calendar:

    1. The Book with No PicturesOpens in a new tab. by B. J. Novak
    2. If You Take a Mouse to SchoolOpens in a new tab. by Laura Numeroff
    3. Dear TeacherOpens in a new tab. by Amy Husband
    4. This School Year Will Be the BEST!Opens in a new tab. by Kay Winters
    5. The Name JarOpens in a new tab. by Yangsook Choi
    6. First Day JittersOpens in a new tab. by Julie Danneberg
    7. You’re Finally Here! by Mélanie Watt
    8. We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins
    9. The Exceptionally, Extraordinarily, Ordinary First Day of SchoolOpens in a new tab. by Albert Lorenz
    10. Back to School SplatOpens in a new tab. by Rob Scottson
    11. How to Get Your Teacher ReadyOpens in a new tab. by Jean Reagan
    12. If You Ever Want To Bring An Alligator To School, Don’tOpens in a new tab. by Elise Parsley
    13. Back To School RulesOpens in a new tab. By Laurie B. Freedman
    14. David Goes To SchoolOpens in a new tab. by David Shannon
    15. A Place Called KindergartenOpens in a new tab. By Jessica Harper
    16. Is Your Buffalo Ready For Kindergarten?Opens in a new tab. By Audrey Vernick
    17. School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex
    18. The Teacher’s PetOpens in a new tab. By Anica Mrose Risi
    19. Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story by Reem Faruqi
    20. Ally-Saurus And The First Day of SchoolOpens in a new tab. By Richard Torrey
    21. My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.)Opens in a new tab. by Peter Brown
    22. Lily’s Purple Plastic PurseOpens in a new tab. By Kevin Henkes
    23. The Day You BeginOpens in a new tab. By Jacqueline Woodson
    24. The Kissing HandOpens in a new tab. By Audrey Penn
    25. A Bad Case of StripesOpens in a new tab. By David Shannon
    26. Llama Llama Misses MamaOpens in a new tab. By Anna Dewdney
    27. I Like Myself!Opens in a new tab. By Karen Beaumont
    28. First Grade Stinks!Opens in a new tab. By Maryann Rodman
    29. Miss Nelson Is Missing!Opens in a new tab. By Harry Allard

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This printable is an easy-to-open PDF file and you can print out however many copies you need. Note: this printable is for personal use only.

How to Use Countdown

There are two ways I would recommend using this book countdown.

  1. There are 29 books on the list. Find the first day of school on your calendar and count back 29 days.  That is day 1 when you read book #1 on the list.  Read each book in order as you count down the days to school.
  2. Use the countdown as more of a “book bingo” and choose a different book every night from the list, in any order you’d like. Read the first book 29 days before school starts. Cross off each book after you have read it.


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