Talking to Kids About 2020: Going Back to School

crayons, child, writing

Many school districts around the county are beginning to discuss plans on re-opening classrooms and bringing students back to campus. Whether your child is going back to in-person schooling for the first time or their third time, we are here to help with this transition. Sharing books about school can be one of the best ways to help prepare your child for new experiences and new emotions. Use these moments to talk about all the different expectations of going back to school: what your child is expecting, what the teachers are expecting, and what you are expecting. Double check the rules of your local school and talk about the value of washing hands and practicing social-distancing through fun games and activities at home.

Getting a Library Card

Make sure you are ready to for school by signing up for an SJPL library card for yourself or for your child. Learn how to become a library member and what you can do with your library card:

Find Your Next Great Read

Once you have your library card, visit our SJPL Picks reading lists for more great titles for you and your family. Our Staff Picks offer booklists for a variety of ages and genres selected by our librarians to help you decide what to read next.

To find booklists for your preschooler, log-in to you SJPL account and follow our Early Education account (sjpl_earlyed booklists) for staff-selected titles based on your favorite virtual preschool programming and more.

Whether you are a teacher or a parent, you can find more SJPL Education Resources for student help, free online resources, information on scheduling class visits and many more opportunities to connect with your community library.

Back to School Reading List

I Don't Want to Go To School, book cover

I Don't Want to Go To School by Stephanie Blake

Simon the rabbit does not want to go to his first day of school, but by the time his mother comes to take him home, he is having such a good time that he does not want to leave.

Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come, book cover

Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come by Nancy Carlson

Even though Henry is looking forward to going to kindergarten, he is not sure about staying once he first gets there.

Foxy, book cover

Foxy by Emma Dodd

Emily is worried about starting school for the first time, but Foxy waves his magic tail to provide what she needs to be ready.

Bear's Big Day, book cover

Bear's Big Day by Salina Yoon

Bear, feeling very grown-up, says goodbye to his stuffed rabbit, Floppy, and starts his first day of school but soon he is missing Floppy and worrying that he is not ready to be a big bear, after all.

Teacher, book cover

Teacher by Lucy George

This title describes a teacher's day and introduces readers to some of the other employees at school.