It is almost time for the first day of school and another new school year to begin. This can be a big transition for children (and parents) entering preschool or kindergarten. Read these books with your new students to get them excited about the idea of school and understanding what it’s all about. I have one child entering Kindergarten and the other in her first year of preschool so these books have all been tested out in our house!
First Day of School Books
If you’ve read any of my children’s book lists before, you won’t be surprised by my first choice. My girls and I love The Night Before series for all holidays and major events. It is a fun way to explain the event with the familiar pattern of the Night Before Christmas. The illustrations are adorable and always really relatable for my girls. This is my top pick for back to school books!
Kindergarten, Here I Come! – D.J. Steinberg
Kindergarten is full of many different things. This book covers them all from the first day to counting, show and tell to recess, field trips and best friends. There are a lot of things changing this first year of school and this book presents them all in a fun and cute way.
On the First Day of Kindergarten – Tish Rabe
This book presents 12 different things that children encounter during that first year of school. Each of these “cool” things are presented in a fun rhythm to build excitement.
Clifford Goes to Kindergarten – Norman Bridwell
Emily Elizabeth is a little nervous about going to school, but taking a tour of her new school and meeting her teacher help calm her nerves. She sees so many new things that will make the school year fun with her new friends, and of course, Clifford tags along too.
How to Get Your Teacher Ready – Jean Reagan
This story is a clever way to introduce your child to the ins and outs of Kindergarten by letting him think he is teaching the teacher! Simple things like helping his teacher find the restroom, remembering to comb your hair on picture day. Small lessons that we all need reminding of on the first day.
Little Critter: First Day of School – Mercer Mayer
Little Critter is feeling a little nervous about school and a little overwhelmed on the first morning. There is so much to do to get ready for the big day. You can help him get ready by lifting flaps to join in all the fun he discovers on the first day. Flap books are always a win!
Berenstain Bears: Go to School – Stan and Jan Berenstain
Sister Bear is starting Kindergarten! Go along as she meets her teacher and discovers all the fun she is going to have while getting over her shy and nervous feelings. Another great lesson to experience with the Bear family.
Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School – Herman Parish
My preschooler loves Amelia Bedelia, and she laughed through this whole story. Amelia Bedelia is very excited for her first day of school, but there are a few mix ups on her part. With the help of her teacher, Amelia finds her way. She does loves school just as much as she thought she would.
Daniel Goes to School – Becky Friedman
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood has recently become a favorite in our house. The tiger cub speaks the same language as our preschoolers and makes all of life’s situations a little easier to understand. In this story Daniel gets a sweet reminder that “grown ups come back” when he is upset that Dad will not be staying with him all day at school.
These books pair perfectly with Natasha WIng’s Night Before series. Count along in the 12 Days of Christmas format by learning to share items like three tricycles, two toy trains and one cuddly teddy bear. This one was a lot of fun to read aloud. My kids caught on really quickly as to what was coming next with the repeating phrases.
I hope these books helped my girls understand a little more about the new school year. I doubt, however, there is a book out there to help prepare me for drop off on their first days. A box of tissues in the car is probably the answer for me. Heres to hoping for a fun-filled year of growing and learning for all of us!