New Books for Back-to-School Reading

by On August 16, 2013 in Childrens Books, Reading

Change is in the air! The kids are heading back to school, and animals will start preparing for winter. As the weather gets colder and the sun sets earlier, there will be more opportunities to cuddle up under a blanket and read together!

I’ve put together a list of new books to share as we move into fall. This list includes all kinds of different books: more Smithsonian books, good storybooks for bedtime, books about dinosaurs (who doesn’t love dinosaurs?!), books for new readers and stories about growing up.

Check out Leaf Jumpers, and when you start to see the leaves changing color and falling from the trees, see if you can recognize some of them from the book! The illustrations are simple and artistic, with a zen-like quality that lends itself well to the seasonal theme, and this book, while lovely in paper format, displays especially well within Bookboard.

Fur Seal Grows Up is a beginning reader book, but like others in the Smithsonian collection, it has beautiful illustrations and and engaging storyline.

What’s Your Angle, Pythagoras? will appeal to older readers, especially those with a propensity for math, problem solving and/or thinking big thoughts.



Cen is a children’s librarian in Silicon Valley, and a children’s digital services consultant at She has driven a bookmobile, managed branch libraries, developed innovative programs for babies, young children and teens, and now helps other libraries incorporate digital media into their early literacy programming. She attended the California State Library’s Eureka Leadership Institute in 2008 and now serves on the American Library Association's ALSC Children & Technology committeetaschen.

1 Comment

  1. Diana

    August 19, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    OMG, you mean summer is almost over? Sigh. Odd how those back-to-school ads can strike similar chords in kids and parents, albeit for different reasons. I love the idea of books helping to ease these transitions in fun, educational ways.