My 2021 Back-to-School Booklist

Hard to believe, but the start of a new school year is just around the corner. Here’s a roundup of new and favorite books to make the transition back to school a little easier.

Picture Books

Hand to Hold, by JJ Heller. Perfect for bedtime, this lovely book captures the unconditional love parents want their children to know but sometimes fail to express when life gets busy. Based on the lyrics of the poignant 2018 song by the same name. (Waterbrook, 2021)

Different Like Me, by Xochitl Dixon. Understanding that we are all different and all very much the same can make any school experience go better. (Our Daily Bread, 2020)

Lullaby Prayer, by Tamara Bundy. This sweet, soothing poem with a prayer of blessing at the end of each stanza will help young students relax, settle, and sleep. (Tommy Nelson, 2020)


Important Things Every Kid Should Know to Survive Middle School, by Sandy Silverthorne. The subtitle gets it right: Follow God, Try New Things, and Don’t Freak Out. The book is full of understanding, practical tips, and biblical wisdom. (Harvest House, 2020)

Eat God’s Food: A Kid’s Activity Guide to Healthy Eating, by Susan Neal RN, MBA, MHS. School lunches aren’t always the most nutritious, and packed lunches often go uneaten. Encourage healthy eating habits with this new book. (Elk Lake Publishing, 2021)

Anxious for Nothing (Young Readers Edition): Living Above Anxiety and Loneliness, by Max Lucado with Andrea Lucado. Children aren’t immune to the pressures of our culture. This encouraging book can help middle graders and young teens choose to take control of their feelings and to focus on God’s truth. (Tommy Nelson, 2021)

Dinosaurs Unleashed: The True Story about Dinosaurs and Humans, by Kyle Butt and Eric Lyons. Sooner or later, even young kids are confronted with evolution’s view of the dinosaurs. Discover a creation-based view instead with this informative book. (Apologetics Press, 2004, 2008)

Lots of Animal Jokes for Kids, by Whee Winn. Because sometimes you just need a good laugh! (Zonderkidz, 2020)


The Whole Story for the Whole Family: A Year of Jesus-Centered Family Devotions, by Michael Kelly. Family routines change when a new school year begins. Add some family Bible times to your schedule and find just the help you need with a guide like this one. (B&H Books, 2021)

Making God’s wonders known to the next generation,

– Diane

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