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Back to School with RDPL

September 1st, 2015

By Tatiana Tilly

With the coming of the Labour Day weekend, families are making the last preparations for the new school year. Hello, routine, school lunches and after school activities. As days are getting shorter and families ease into the new schedules, librarians suggest to add one more stop between school buses, hockey practices and dance lessons: a trip to Red Deer Public Library for books to help young and older kids meet the challenges of starting school among which could be dealing with demanding teachers, piles of homework, struggling friendships and social standing.

Do you have a little one heading off to school for the first time this year? Soothe his or her fears with books that explore the transition and delight in the new experience.

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum loves her name, until she starts going to school and the other children make fun of it.


Froggy Goes to School by Jonathan London

Hop on board with Froggy on his first day of school.

Will I Have A Friend? by Miriam Cohen

On his first day of kindergarten, Jim hopes to find a friend.

Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton

A nervous Splat finds his first day at Cat School much better than he expected.


Does your 8-12 year old struggle with settling into a school year routine after a great summer? Check these titles out to help him to laugh, embrace and conquer another Grade!

School. Hasn't This Gone on Long Enough? by Jamie Kelly

Jamie STILL has no idea that anybody is reading her diary. (So please, please, please don't tell her.)

About Average by Andrew Clements

As the end of sixth grade nears, Jordan Johnson, unhappy that she is only average in appearance, intelligence, and athletic ability, reveals her special skills when disaster strikes her central Illinois elementary school.

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.The beginning of September is a special time of year where we are able to reinvent ourselves for the new school year. The summer has erased last year’s embarrassments (unless you did something REALLY crazy) and you have a chance to become someone knew. Here is a list of three stories, three different teens who are using the new school year as an excuse to change themselves, that is, unless their high school does if for them.

The Edumacation of Jay Baker by Jay Clark

Jay Baker uses his blog to help him navigate through high school, crushes, and watching his parent’s marriage fall apart.

Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

Maggie starts high school after being homeschooled for most of her childhood.

The List by Siobhan Vivian

At the beginning of every school year, a list goes up naming the prettiest and ugliest girls at Mount Washington High school. No one knows where it comes from but everyone knows that the people who make the list will be changed forever.Also, as the school year starts, the library resumes general programming for all ages. Check our Fall program guide to find out many great free programs for any member of your family in all three branches of Red Deer Public Library.

Tatiana Tilly is the Manager of Daw Branch, Red Deer Public Library.

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