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If the novelty is starting to wear off the new school year, maybe it’s time for some bedtime reading that will make the daily routine a little easier – and a lot more fun. 

Frankie Sparks, Third-Grade Inventorseries by Megan Frazer Blakemore, illustrated by Nadja Sarell (Simon and Schuster, ages 7 – 10) These fun chapter books show Frankie’s creativity and spunk as she lobbies for a class pet and dreams of being a magician. Aside from a good story, these books also challenge readers to become inventors.

Flight School by Lita Judge (Little Simon Classic Board Books, ages 1 – 5) When preschoolers are longing for their own backpacks and classrooms, this sweet board book can help. Penguin wants his own chance to fly. Follow along as he reaches for his dreams.

PJ Masks Save the School by Lisa Lauria, illustrated by Mike Moran (Simon Spotlight Books, ages 3 – 7) Fans of the Disney Junior series will love this adventure as their favorite characters go “into the night to save the day” – and the school.

Superbuns by Diane Kredensor (Simon and Schuster, ages 4 – 8) What’s your superpower? Buns shows us all – parents and kids – that slowing down, paying attention to the needs of others and being willing to deal with a little inconvenience to help someone definitely means that kindness can save the day. 

My First Day of School by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, photographs by Jill Wachter and School of Fishby Jane Yolen, illustrated by Mike Moran (Simon Spotlight Ready-to-Read, ages 3 – 5 and 4 – 6) These delightful early readers build vocabulary and reading confidence in a way that is fun and engaging. And as a wonderful bonus, both books help ease fears about the school year. Enjoy these for reading time together and watch those reading skills explode. 

I’m Worried by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Simon and Shuster, ages 4 – 8) In this follow up to “I’m Sad,” feelings are important and never minimized. There is a gradual path to understanding as Potato goes from worrying about everything to learning how to enjoy right now. This is a wonderful read for anxious little ones. 

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