10 Back To School Essentials For Every Book Lover

Returning to school after the summer break can be daunting for pupils and teachers alike but we have a list of bookish goodies that will help ease the transition back to work.

Whether it is your first day back after a break, or it is your child’s first day of school EVER, we have books and gifts to recommend! Start the year off with the right attitude by using a diary to plan lessons or record homework, keep your stationary safe and tidy in a new Hogwarts-inspired pencil case, and get over first day jitters with a calming tea in your new KEEP CALM mug.

Along with practical gifts for anyone starting school soon, this list recommends some important books that can help students and teachers think outside the box, believe in themselves, and stay on track for the rest of the year.

Good luck!

“Everyone knows that sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach just before diving into a new situation. Sarah Jane Hartwell is scared and doesn’t want to start over at a new school. She doesn’t know anybody, and nobody knows her. It will be awful. She just knows it. With much prodding from Mr. Hartwell, Sarah Jane reluctantly pulls herself together and goes to school. She is quickly befriended by Mrs. Burton, who helps smooth her jittery transition. This charming and familiar story will delight readers with its surprise ending.”

First Day Jitters

“Your little caterpillar will butter-fly away to great adventures kitted out with this adorable Hungry Caterpillar rucksack which has various fun prints of Eric Carle’s Hungry Caterpillar with ladybugs, bees and leafs!”

Make the first day of school even more exciting with this classic children’s character bag, perfect to carry all your books.

Hungry Caterpillar Bag

“A cute, beautifully illustrated picture book that teaches kids to get along. It’s no big surprise that the Kraken has no friends, but he is tired of it. With a bad temper and a knack for destruction, his talent for meeting new fish is. not so seaworthy. He finds hope when another monster of the deep, a Great White Shark, offers him some rules for making friends. Will these rules help the most terrifying monster of the deep make a new chum?”

The Kraken’s Rules For Making Friends

Official merchandise from the Harry Potter universe- keep your pens and pencils safe in a Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry acceptance letter!

For anyone still waiting for their Hogwarts letter, this is the next best thing- perfect for teachers or students.

Hogwarts Letter Pencil Case

“Lou and her friends are BRAVE adventurers. They run FASTER than airplanes. They build MIGHTY fortresses. They rescue WILD animals. But one day, when they’re looking for a ship to play pirates in, Lou’s friend has an idea: Up there! The tree can be our ship! Ummm …? says Lou. This is something new. Lou has never climbed a tree before, and she’s sure she can’t do it. So she tries to convince her friends to play a not-up-a-tree game. When that doesn’t work, she comes up with reasons for not joining them — her arm is sore, her cat needs a walk, you shouldn’t climb so soon after eating. Finally, she tells herself she doesn’t want to climb the tree. But is that true, or is this brave adventurer just too afraid to try?”

The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do

Record every book you read with this comprehensive book lovers diary. There is space for the title, publisher, where you bought it, where you read it, your review, and much much more!

There is even a space for you to make your own contents page so you can find each book easily- good news for prolific readers. If a book prompts you to look for other books by that author there is a page for ‘Books I’d Like To Read’.

Book Lovers Diary

“Are you starting school soon? How exciting!

If you can’t wait to start school, or are feeling a little nervous, this is the perfect book for you.

Full of humour and fun, this reassuring read will help children and parents get ready for the first day of school, and find out what to expect from the rest of their first term.” 

Starting School

No staffroom or teachers’ lounge is complete without a range of snarky or humorous mugs. This classic design is perfect for busy teachers as it is both dishwasher and microwave safe.

Keep calm and brew that coffee!

Keep Calm Teacher Mug

“Without prompting, they ask some of the largest questions about time, mortality, happiness and the meaning of it all. Yet too often this inborn curiosity is not developed and, with age, the questions fall away.

This is a book designed to harness children’s spontaneous philosophical instinct and to develop it through introductions to some of the most vibrant and essential philosophical ideas of history. The book takes us to meet leading figures of philosophy from around the world and from all eras – and shows us how their ideas continue to matter.” 

Big Ideas for Curious Minds

Keep on top of every demand your teacher makes with this student planner.

There will be no excuses for late homework when you have this useful diary generous space in each day appointments, plans, and homework. The only way to balance your work and play!

Student Homework Planner 

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