• Natasha Hart

The Book Nook’s Top 5 Back to School Reads

Updated: Jun 26, 2020

It’s that time of year again. The name tags are sewn into uniforms and the packed lunches are, well, packed. The days are getting shorter, but so much busier. That’s right, time to set those alarms! Summer is coming to an end and the kids are back to school.

It’s always difficult when this time of year comes around to encourage your kids to get back into learning, ready for the start of a new term. After long summer days with relaxed bedtime routines and the freedom to do whatever they want, going back into the classroom can be tough.

One way to ease them back into the academic mindsight of school is through suggesting books you know they will love to read. Sometimes though, it’s hard to know what they should be reading.

With so many choices out there, here are The Book Nook’s top Back to School Reads you know your kids will enjoy.

David Walliams - The World’s Worst Teachers. Ages 7+

The World’s Worst Teachers is the perfect book for your kids to read this September. Let them marvel in the ten deliciously horror-filled tales of teachers from the dark side and watch as they revel in going back to school to find their own Dr Dread or Miss Seethe.

Onjali Q. Raúf - The Boy at the Back of the Class. Ages 9+

Ranked as a Modern Classic, The Boy at the Back of the Class, is the best book your child could read this year. It’s about acceptance, kindness, but above all, it’s about the importance of friendship. At the start of the year, a new boy joins the class. The children soon find out that Ahmet is a refugee and needs their help to find his family. Teaching kids that they shouldn’t be afraid of the new kid in class, this book is the perfect tale for going back to school.

Michael Morpurgo – Boy Giant. Ages 9+

A stunning new story from Michael Morpurgo. It’s one of hope, humanity and high-seas adventure for children and adults everywhere. When their boat sinks, and Omar finds himself alone, with no hope of rescue, it seems as if his story has come to an end. But, it’s only the beginning. A thrilling adventure inspired by the classic story of Gulliver's Travels, this is also a gripping modern narrative of rescue and refuge, from a writer at the height of his career. A perfect tale for escaping the classrooms.

Katherine Rundell - The Explorer. Ages 9+

I don’t know about you, but I used to love adventure books as a kid when it came to September time. Katherine Rundell’s The Explorer is a tale about four kids lost in the Amazon jungle, surviving through wit, friendship and by being ‘braver than they think’. Sounds like the confident boost needed for those first few weeks back at school.

Stephen Hawking – Little People, Big Dreams. Ages 5+

Going down a more educational route, the Little People, BIG DREAMS series has brought the childhood of Stephen Hawking alive with simple sentences and amazing illustrations. It’ll bring forth the little scientist in your child. Let their minds explore outside the classroom and help them to solve the mysteries of their universe.

I hope these suggestions help to make the transition from summer to school easier for your little ones. Pop into The Book Nook on the Ware high street for more suggestions and we’ll be happy to help you and your loved ones find your next book to escape into.

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