The new school year is upon us, and many of our kids are feeling those first-day jitters! This is the perfect time to snuggle up with a great book and ease those beginning-of-the-year anxieties. Here are a few of Boston Moms’ favorite books for back-to-school story time!

"The Day You Begin"

“There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you . . . until the day you begin to share your stories.” This sweet, poignant book by National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson is the perfect story about feeling like an outsider and finding special connections and self-confidence. The illustrations by Rafael Lopez will captivate you as you relish in this beautifully diverse book!

"The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!"

In this classic by Mo Willems, Pigeon faces many of the anxieties all kids face when they experience back-to-school jitters, and he will have you laughing your socks off with his silly antics! What if Pigeon doesn’t like school? What if he learns TOO MUCH? Crack open this funny book to find out!

"The World Needs More Purple People"

What is a purple person? That is a great question! A purple person is an everyday superhero who speaks up for what is right, and that is the perfect addition to any classroom! This funny book by actress Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart will help your kids learn what it means to be a purple person who spreads kindness and empathy when they step into their classrooms.

"We Don't Eat Our Classmates"

If you are looking for a hilarious book with a great message about how to treat others, here it is! “We Don’t Eat Our Classmates” by Ryan T. Higgins follows the back-to-school experience of Penelope Rex, a dinosaur who would love to make new friends, if only they weren’t so delicious!  

"The Magical Yet"

Every one of us is accompanied by a magical companion on the day we are born — the Yet. In this beautiful book written by Angela DiTerlizzi and illustrated by Lorena Alvarez, we are reminded of all of the things we aren’t able to do… YET. This perfect tale will soothe worried minds by helping children learn to cope with the inevitable struggles that come with learning new things. 

Deanna Greenstein
Deanna is a mom of five (yes, five) children, who lives in Brockton with her small circus of kids, her husband, their dog Penny, and a few cats. Her life is loud, energetic, mostly fun, often gross (did she mention four of those kids are boys?), and she wouldn't have it any other way. In between carting kids to school, baseball, gymnastics, guitar, dance, track and field and every other kid activity known to mankind, she works as a school bus driver for the city of Brockton, and is the Director of Religious Education at the Unity Church of North Easton, a Unitarian Universalist congregation. Deanna also holds degrees in Elementary Physical Education and Dance Education, which she plans to put back into use one day. At parties, Deanna can often be found hanging out with family pets. She follows her children around with a camera like the paparazzi, is pretty sure that 97% of her blood stream is made of coffee, and her laundry is never done. You can also find her blogging at