12419 Cedar Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44106
(216) 791-2665

Our store hours are:

Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 am – 6 pm

Thursday and Friday, 10 am – 8 pm

Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm

Closed Sunday and Monday



Back to School is a Time of New Beginnings

Starting a new school year is a BIG transition for everyone … families, kids, and teachers. A new school year initiates feelings of excitement, anticipation, and maybe even fear. Students have mixed emotions on that first day, and as teachers, we need to help them understand that they are not alone in experiencing these emotions.

Using high-quality literature is the perfect way to ease these “Back to School Jitters,” set the tone and kick off the new school year.

So, whether you are a new teacher or veteran teacher, the Back – to – School themed books suggested below will help your students begin to feel comfortable in their new classroom.

The school year will be your best!

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a box and read to a child” – Dr. Seuss

Cleaning House In My Brain

Cleaning House In My Brain

by Kalli Dakos

I’m cleaning house
In my brain,
Time again.

Shine windows,
Paint doors,
Vacuum rugs,
Polish floors.

Brush away
YV shows,
Picnics, beaches,
Free time goes

Bring my memory
Back in gear,
Sweep the channels,
Crystal clear.

My brain
An amazing tool,
And it’s all ready for

Kalli Dako is a Canadian children’s poet and teacher.

Back To School Books

The King of Kindergarten

by Derrick Barnes and Vanessa Brantley-Newton
(Nancy Paulsen/Penguin Random House)

Starting kindergarten is a big milestone–and the hero of this story is ready to make his mark. The day will be jam-packed, but he’s up to the challenge, taking new experiences in stride with his infectious enthusiasm!  An empowering book that will give new kindergarteners a reassuring confidence boost.

Back To School Books

The Pigeon HAS To Go To School

by Mo Williams

This book is absolutely wonderful— just like all other Pigeon Books. This story addresses many of the fears and anxieties that little ones feel as they get ready to go to school for the first time in a fun and silly way. This is a perfect book for back to school and will have kids laughing and giggling as they face their fears with Pigeon.

Back To School Books

Decibella and Her 6-Inch Voice

by Julia Cook
(Boys Town Press)

Isabella is a spirited girl who enjoys shouting out her thoughts, ideas, and feelings. In fact, she loves using her loud voice so much; it’s earned her the nickname, Decibella! A great book to introduce and then reinforce, the different voice levels as outside voice, table voice, 6-inch voice, and 1-inch voice. Such a great cute book with a great lesson.

Back To School Books

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates

by Ryan Higgins

This book is hilarious! It’s the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can’t wait to meet her classmates. But it’s hard to make human friends when they’re so darn delicious! That is until Penelope gets a taste of her own medicine and finds she may not be at the top of the food chain after all …

Back To School Books

Tinyville Town Time For School

by Brian Biggs

It’s the first day of school at Tinyville Town Elementary, and everyone in town, from the young students themselves to the teachers, bus drivers and cafeteria ladies who work with them, is getting ready. Young Ellie Emberley is new in town, and the narrative uses her experiences as a focal point, exploring life at school, and in the wider community.

Educator Resource Afternoon

Saturday, September 7th, 1 – 4 pm

Join us for an afternoon of refreshments, raffles prizes and freebies! Come and learn about how Appletree can help you in your classroom!

Meet local authors Terri Libenson and Brian P. Cleary!

Appletree Books offers educators:

  • 20% educator discount, with valid school ID (applies to books for your teaching and classroom),
  • Book fair planning, and
  • Ability to hand-select titles for your students
    Library wishlists


Appletree Books

12419 Cedar Road

Cleveland Heights, OH 44016


Parking available in the garage behind the store