Children’s Books About Starting School

Picture books about the beginning of school can help to lessen the apprehension, and most importantly, can open a channel of communication about school between you and your child. And reading to and with your child is the start of a life-long habit. Story characters who model successful adjustments are an excellent resource for children as well as parents.  The following books will reinforce positive feelings about school, and are appropriate long past the first day of school, as children work through first-time experiences and feelings:

The Kissing Hand- Audrey Penn

Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School -Herman Parish and Lynne Avril

Little Critter: First Day of School – Mercer Mayer

The Night Before Preschool-Natasha Wing and Amy Wummer

Pete the Cat: Too Cool for School – James Dean and Kimberly Dean

Maisy Goes to Preschool: A Maisy First Experiences Book by Lucy Cousins