It’s time to fill the backpack with new notebooks and pencils, and welcome another school year. The new year brings opportunities, but sometimes it also brings worries. What if you can’t find a seat on the bus? Will you know anyone in your class? Is your language arts teacher going to expect an amazing essay on what you did this summer? Mom, Dad and maybe even your big sister will tell you not to worry. But sometimes it’s helpful to get an outsider’s opinion. So if you want advice — and some laughs — check out these back-to-school books.
Survival Guide to School”
by Barbara Park. Ages 6 to 9.
Young readers will giggle at the sassy Junie B. Jones and her colorful school guide. She may still be in first grade, but she has a “jillion” helpful hints, mostly about what not to do. Rule number two on bus riding: “Do not press your nose and lips on the window and make faces at people driving in cars.” Junie B. explains that someone might take a picture and e-mail it to your principal. Other warnings include “no hitting people in the head with your lunch tray” and “do not tap dance on the way to the pencil sharpener.” Avoid Junie B.-havior, and your teacher will send only happy notes home to your parents.