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Books to Calm the Starting School Jitters

photo of boy hugging rabbitStarting school for the first time can be both exciting and a bit scary! Here are some picturebook recommendations about what to expect for parents and children to read together.

book cover imageI am too absolutely small for School by Lauren Child

Charlie reassures his little sister about starting preschool, but Lola isn’t completely convinced. Finally Charlie finds an argument that Lola can’t contest.



book cover imageWemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes

Wemberly frets about everything that could go wrong on her first day of preschool. Caring parents and a patient teacher help her conquer her butterflies.



book cover imageFroggy Goes to School by Jonathan London

Froggy has a nightmare about showing up at school wearing only his underwear. In funny Froggy fashion his big day goes just fine.


book cover imageThe Bus Stop by Janet Morgan Stoeke

Nothing beats the thrill of riding a big yellow school bus for the first time.



book cover imageIf you take a mouse to School by Laura Numeroff

Be warned - if you take a mouse to school, he will need to borrow your lunchbox, your paper and your pencils!


book cover imageMiss Bindergarten gets ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate

Miss Bindergarten, just like her students, is busy preparing for the first day of kindergarten.



book cover imageLook out Kindergarten, Here I Come by Nancy Carlson

Henry has been waiting all summer for the first day of kindergarten, and it is finally here.



book cover imageWow! School! by Robert Newbecker

Izzy's excitement burst across the pages with shouts of “Wow! Classroom!”, “Wow! Teacher!”.



The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

Chester the raccoon wants to stay home with his mother instead of going to school then his mom tells him the secret of the kissing hand.