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September Book List

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Oh how I love September.

It's a time to welcome Fall and all the wonderful things that come along with it. The start of school, yummy pumpkin flavored everything, and all the scarves.

Most of all, there are so many great books that you get to read this time of year, and I am excited to share our September list with you!

Photo by Glean and Co. 
This month has a lot going on, but the main categories are:

-The Official Beginning of Fall
-First Days of School
-Hispanic Heritage Month
-Holidays and "Holidays" (Including Rosh Hashanah and Grandparents Day)

So let's dive in! As always I will give you a little info about each, but if you trust my reasoning and just want the "Grab and Go" list, you will find that down at the bottom of the article.

The Official Beginning of Fall:

Tiny Perfect Things by M.H. Clark is the perfect companion to a fall nature hunt. I would read it to my kids or a group of students in the classroom, then take to the outdoors and see what "tiny, perfect things" you can find!

Full of Fall by the ever talented photographer April Pulley Sayre is full of real photographs and another fantastic companion to a nature hunt. My girls and I loved taking this book with us outside and trying to find leaves that matched the photographs on the pages. 

Because of an Acorn  by Lola M. Schaefer and Adam Schaefer is a beautiful book all about one of our children's favorite things to collect (your kids pockets are full of acorns too, right??) Bonus with this book, has a teacher guide available for you to use alongside this text. 

First Days of School:

Goodbye Friend! Hello, Friend by Cori Doerrfeld is one of the best books about coping with transitions in life I have come across. For kids, saying goodbye to a moment, a place, an activity, is a big deal. It can be hard to cope with the emotions that arise when you have to say goodbye, and this book does a fantastic job of encouraging kids to focus on what "hellos" are up ahead. 

Goodbye Brings Hello by Diane White is another one with a similar message and I think both of these books approach this topic beautifully. I love how this book focuses on all the exciting things that are just around the corner from any goodbye. 

The Pigeon Has to Go To School by Mo Willems does not disappoint as a new and funny as ever "pigeon" book. I know we all love Mo Willems, and you will enjoy this book all about our good friend the Pigeon and his reluctance to start school. 

The Someone New by Jill Twiss is about a little chipmunk who is not ready for change. But when someone new comes along, it is time to decide if they will let that fear of change stop them from making a new friend. I cannot rave about this beautiful book enough, it shows that change can be hard for people who are new, or people who are scared of things changing. A great read for all kids. 

Truman by Jean Reidy. Oh my goodness Truman is the most adorable turtle ever and he will win your heart over a thousand times. A great read for the start of the school year especially if you have kiddos with a pet at home that they are sad to be leaving for the day. 

Adrian Simcox does Not Have a Horse by Marcy Campbell became an instant favorite and will always hold a place in my heart. This book is about looking outside of yourself and your privileges to really see others for who they are, and not making assumptions about others just because they may act differently than you or in a way you don't understand. 

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires is the sweetest story meant for all the little perfectionists in our lives. It walks through a little girls journey to create the most magnificent thing, and the challenges she faces when it's not going exactly as planned. 

Twig by Aura Parker. Calling all bug lovers! You actually don't have to love bugs to love this book, it is a story about starting school, feeling invisible, and standing up for yourself so others can truly see you. I just LOVE her detailed illustrations in this book!

Hiding Heidi by Fiona Woodcock. I always enjoy Fiona Woodcock's illustrations, and this book is such a fun read about listening to your friends and being a bit more selfless in your interactions. Heidi really good at hiding, and when her friends get tired of playing her game, they have to speak up and she needs to listen to learn they can have fun together, no matter what they play. 

We Don't Eat our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins. Not going to lie, this book terrified my oldest. But aside from the the fact that we are a tad too literal in our house, it is a fun read for those kids who may be nervous for the first day of school. 

Mae's First day of School by Kate Berube is the most endearing first day of school book. Little Mae is so nervous to go in to school that she climbs a tree and tells her mom she refuses to go in. Before she knows it, another little girl is up in the tree with her, and then their teacher. Together they learn they share some of the same fears and that as long as they are together, they will be ok. 

The School Book by Todd Parr. This book touches on what kids can expect on the first day, and throughout the year in school. Things like visitors, lunch time, going to see the nurse, playing outside, it's all wrapped up in bright colors and inclusive illustrations sure to delight all your little ones. 

The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes. What a perfect introduction to any kiddo you have heading into kindergarten! We love these illustrations and this book with give your kids the confidence they need to jump in to the first day with excitement. 

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn has been read and loved by millions over the years, and kids and parents are still turning to it as one of the best books for kids starting school or experiencing separation from a loved one in their life. 

Maple and Willow Apart by Lori Nichols We own and love all of the Maple and Willow books. (we have two girls, so how can we not have these books?) The illustrations are as charming as the sister's relationship, and your heart will grow three sizes as the sisters learn to navigate their new life with big sis at school and little sis home without her buddy. 

A Friend for Henry by Jean Bailey  I sincerely hope this book ends up on every classroom shelf. While this book is broadly about friendship, it highlights a boy on the autism spectrum, and how he is navigating the world of friends and school.

The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade by Justin Roberts You know those books that make you just want to stand up and go do something? Both my oldest daughter and I felt as if we were cheering this little girl on, and I hope that one day all kids can have the confidence in them to stand up for themselves and others. 

I Feel Teal by Lauren Rille is a great starting point for talking about emotions. With few words and beautiful colors on each page, kids will learn to express and identify how they are feeling. We did an activity where we painted rocks for each of the feelings and talked about the "weight" of that emotion in comparison to the rock.

I Am Enough by Grace Byers Let's just say this again, and again. To ourselves, to our kids, to our students, our friends, our family, and strangers. I am enough. You are enough. 

Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller This is one of my absolute favorite books to read with kids. A lot of books about kindness can be repetitive, but this book takes a specific and seemingly small moment and turns it into a story of really working hard to think about another person's feelings. I had the honor of reading this to my daughter's preschool class and their responses to the story were so heartwarming.

Hispanic Heritage Month:

Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown I cannot say enough good things about this book. A great way to get kids thinking about their own privileges, and continue to foster that love of books. 

Mango, Abuela and Me by Meg Medina A great read for grandparents day as well! This sweet book is about a little girl who's grandma comes to live with her. They don't speak the same language so they have to learn to communicate and end up teaching each other along the way. 

Harvesting Hope by Kathleen Krull This was a book I read many times with my students when I used to teach elementary school. Telling the story of Cesar Chavez was very important to me especially in the communities I taught in, and this book does a great job telling his story. 

Holidays and "Holidays"

SEPTEMBER 6th- National Read a Book Day Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen  In case you know of any tiny rule-followers, this book is sure to be a winner! Because when a lion enters the library, you know all rules go out the window. 

September 8th National Grandparents Day The Grandma Book and The Grandpa Book by Todd Parr Not only will you have a nice laugh deciding whether or not the grandparents in your life actually look like the grandparents represented in these books, but they make the best gift for this holiday and they bring a smile to Grandma and Grandpa's face every time they read them. 

Natsumi by Susan Lendroth This book jumpstarted my entrance into the bookstagram and book blogger world and I will forever be grateful. It is the sweetest story of a little girl who needs to find a way to focus her energy, and her patient grandpa who finds just the right solution.  You will find yourself smiling from ear to ear at the end!

When Grandma Gives you a Lemon Tree by Jamie L. B. Deenihan Maybe one of my most favorite new books we have come across in a while. A little girl gets a lemon tree from her grandma, which obviously was nowhere on her birthday wish lists. In time she learns that with a little bit of effort and patience on her part, she can make the gift grow and keep giving. 

September 14th National Coloring Day Niko Draws a Feeling by Bob Raczka is a perfect read for art lovers and introverts. Although any kid will benefit from this story of passion and understanding. A little boy expresses himself in abstract art, and he feels a little lonely until someone comes along who sees his art, the way he does. 

September 15th International Dot Day The Dot by Peter Reynolds   Don't forget about this fun holiday! Classrooms and homes around the world celebrate by having budding artists create their own "dot" art on this day.

September 21st International Day of Peace The Peace Book by Todd Parr This was our first ever Todd Parr book and has forever been a favorite of mine as a mom and teacher. Let's celebrate and work towards peace today, and every day, shall we?

September 23rd First Day of Fall Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak is one of three seasonal books and you will want them all. I just love how the colors really bring each season to life and it helps us take that moment to pause in gratitude of what the past season brought us, and begin to eagerly anticipate what is still to come. 

September 24th Voter Registration Day Say Something by Peter Reynolds Speak up, stand up,  act. We are all given the right to vote, so please, use it. 

September 26th National Family Day The Family Book by Todd Parr If you ever need a book celebrating all types of families, this is the one. Celebrate your family today by reading this book and finding something fun to do together!

September 28th National Neighbor Day Beautiful Neighborhood by Fred Rogers (a compilation of poems and songs) How are you celebrating your neighbors today? We are so lucky to live in a wonderful neighborhood full of people we love to spend time with. I just love this compilation of poems and songs by Fred Rogers and I will always work to continue to spread his messages of kindness and acceptance. 

September 29th Rosh Hashanah Here is the World: A Year of Jewish Holidays by Leslea Newman This is a fantastic book about all the different Jewish holidays and traditions! Written in rhyme you will learn about all of these special occasions and how they are celebrated. It is beautifully illustrated and would be a fun way to kick off Rosh Hashanah. 

There you have it! ALL of your September book needs in one place. 
Happy Reading, Friends!

Grab and Go:

Grandparents Day
  • The Grandma Book and The Grandpa Book by Todd Parr
  • When Grandma Give you a Lemon Tree by Jamie L. B. Deenihan 
  • Natsumi by Susan Lendroth
Beginning of Fall
  • Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak
  • Full of Fall by April Pulley Sayre
  • Tiny Perfect Things by M. H. Clark
Starting School
  • I feel Teal by Lauren Rille
  • I am Enough by Grace Byers
  • Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller
  • The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
  • The Pigeon Has to Go to School by Mo Willems
  • Goodbye Friend! Hello, Friend by Cori Doerrfeld 
  • Goodbye Brings Hello by Diane White
  • The Someone New by Jill Twiss
  • Truman by Jean Reidy
  • Niko Draws a Feeling by Bob Raczka
  • Twig by Aura Parker
  • Hiding Heidi by Fiona Woodcock
  • We Don't Eat our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins
  • Mae's First day of School by Kate Berube
  • The School Book by Todd Parr
  • The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes
  • The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
  • Maple and Willow Apart by Lori Nichols
  • A Friend for Henry by Jenn Bailey
  • The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade by Justin Roberts
  • Adrian Simcox does Not Have a Horse by Marcy Campbell
Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown
  • Harvesting Hope by Kathleen Krull
  • Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina
Holidays and "Holidays"
  • Here is the World: A Year of Jewish Holidays
  • Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
  • The Dot by Peter Reynolds
  • The Peace Book by Todd Parr
  • Say Something by Peter Reynolds
  • The Family Book by Todd Parr 
  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood by Fred Rogers


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