Prepare your children for classrooms and learning with these back-to-school picture books

It might still feel like summer outside, but back-to-school is close upon us. Below is a collection of back-to-school picture books to help get children excited and in the mood for classrooms and learning. To round out the pack, there’s also a few fall- and Halloween-themed books to build some excitement for fun the upcoming season brings.

Back to School/Fall

Fall Is for School,” by Robert Neubecker, Disney-Hyperion, $17.99, ages 3-5

Robert Neubecker’s newest book, “Fall Is for School,” features two darling red-headed siblings. One, the sister, can’t wait for fall and going back to school. The brother couldn’t disagree more. But the more his sister talks up books and learning, the more he comes to realize there can be something for everyone in school and it opens up a world of possibilities that wouldn’t be available otherwise.

The orange- and green-themed illustrations bring the sister’s excitement for school to life and should help any reluctant student remember the joys that can come from learning.

If you go …

What: Robert Neubecker book signing

When: Saturday, Aug. 12, 11 a.m.

Where: The King’s English, 1511 S. 1500 East

Web: kingsenglish.com

Note: The signing line is for those who buy a copy of the featured book from The King’s English.

Here Comes Teacher Cat,” by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Claudia Rueda, Dial Books, $16.99, ages 3-5

While Ms. Melba is at the doctor, Cat is recruited to teach Kitty school — the dog, Easter Bunny and Santa Claus can’t make it. Despite some reluctance, Cat discovers he enjoys showing the kittens his rock ‘n’ roll skills and getting creative with painting and building — even if they make a big mess while doing so.

“Here Comes Teacher Cat” by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Claudia Rueda is a sweet, funny book that is told in the second person as the narrator talks directly to Cat and Cat responds with signs and sarcastic faces — something he even teaches the kittens how to do. Cat lovers especially should get excited for the cute story and illustrations.

Tool School,” by Joan Holub, illustrated by

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