Get Ready for Back-to-School with Help from QPL!

It's time for the 2023-2024 School Year!

School is back in session, and you and your family will be ready, with help from Queens Public Library!


Back-to-School Guide

QPL is here for kids, parents, caregivers, and educators with our extensive Back-to-School Guide in four languages: English, Bengali (বাংলা), Chinese (中文), and Spanish (Español)!

This year's Back-to-School Guide includes:

  • Library Resources and Databases for Students
  • Early Learning, School Aged, and Young Adult Booklists (which you can also find below)
  • Articles about Your Child's School Sleep Schedule, What to Do When Your Child is Hurting, and Family Communication
  • The 2023-2024 NYC Public School Calendar
  • and much more!

You can download QPL’s 2023-2024 Back-to-School Guide here:


STACKS Afterschool

Do you know anyone who might need help with their homework this Fall? If so, point them to STACKS!

Developed by Queens Public Library, STACKS is a free afterschool enrichment program for children in grades K-5. STACKS was created to enhance children’s learning experiences through age-appropriate activities in a safe, welcoming environment.

All programs are held in-person at nine locations across Queens. STACKS operates throughout the school year (including school holidays), Mondays-Fridays, 3pm-5:30pm. For Fall 2023, classes will begin Monday, October 2.

Registration will be open from Monday, September 18 to Friday, October 6. Each location will be hosting information sessions and enrollment kickoff days. We encourage parents to attend to receive more information.

Learn More about STACKS:


Kick Off to Kindergarten & Toddler Learning Centers

You’re never too young to start your educational journey!

QPL’s Kick Off to Kindergarten (K2K) program enables young children (ages 3-5) to develop their early literacy skills—and begin a lifelong love of reading! Meanwhile, their parents and caregivers receive guidance to become confident in their ability to support their child’s development. Classes are offered virtually and in-person, with translation support in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

Designed to serve the needs of toddlers (approx. ages 18-38 months) and their caregivers, QPL’s Toddler Learning Centers (TLCs) are hosted at multiple Queens Public Library locations across the borough. While your children play in a safe, nurturing environment and participate in guided activities, early learning professionals will offer you advice about speech development, nutrition, early literacy, gross motor development, and much more.

Our Fall 2023 K2K and TLC programs are starting soon; visit our Early Learning Services webpage for more information and to register.


Back-to-School Programs

Join us in-person at the Library for our upcoming programs and get ready for the new school year.


Back-to-School Booklists

Here are some books from the Library for early readers, school-age kids, and teens that will help kids deal with first-day-of-school anxiety, and get them excited for the classroom and beyond!


Early Learning

The Queen of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes
Book | eBook | Audiobook

Bitsy Bat, School Star by Kaz Windness
Book | eBook

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael López (Illust.)
Book | eBook | Español

Danbi Leads the School Parade by Anna Kim
Book | eBook

El Cucuy Is Scared, Too! by Donna Barba Higuera and Juliana Perdomo (Illust.)
Book | eBook

Time for School, Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry (Illust.)
Book | eBook

How to be Confident in Kindergarten by D.J. Steinberg and Ruth Hammond (Illust.)
Book | eBook

Giant-Sized Butterflies on My First Day of School by Justin Roberts and Paola Escobar (Illust.)
Book | eBook


School Aged

Finally Seen by Kelly Yang
Book | eBook | Audiobook

Twins vs. Triplets: Back-to-School Blitz by Jennifer Torres and Vanessa Flores (Illust.)
Book | eBook

New Kid by Jerry Craft
Book | eBook | Audiobook

Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business by Lyla Lee and Dung Ho (Illust.)
Book | eBook | Audiobook

The First Day of School by Margaret McNamara and Mike Gordon (Illust.)
Book | eBook

Attack of the Black Rectangles by A.S. King
Book | eBook | Audiobook

Join the Club, Maggie Diaz by Nina Moreno and Courtney Lovett (Illust.)
Book | eBook | Audiobook

Just Right Jillian by Nicole D. Collier
Book | eBook | Audiobook


Young Adult

Study Break: 11 College Tales from Orientation to Graduation by Aashna Avachat (Editor)

Surviving High School by Lele Pons and Melissa de la Cruz
Book | eBook

The Luis Ortega Survival Club by Sonora Reyes
Book | Audiobook

Promise Boys by Nick Brooks
Book | eBook

Begin Again by Emma Lord
Book | eBook | Audiobook

Throwback by Maurene Goo
Book | eBook

The High School Survival Guide by Jessica Holsman
Book | eBook

The Next New Syrian Girl by Ream Shukairy
Book | eBook

Posts in This Series

  1. Back-to-School with QPL Teens: 5 Steps to a Successful School Year
  2. How to Get Kids Back on a School-Year Sleep Schedule
  3. Family Communication