10 to Read BEFORE Kindergarten

Welcome to school
Image from Demarest School District.

The first day of school is fast approaching and with it a mix of emotions for children and parents.  Whether your child can't wait to start school or will most likely be clinging to your leg in protest, check out these fun books and resources to help you and your child get off to a great start.

For some tips on how to prepare your child for school, visit Parents "10 Ways to Prepare Your Child for School."  If you need assistance with back-to-school supplies for your child(ren), go to Win 2-1-1 for a list of community resources.

School's First Day of School

A fresh take on first-day jitters, this story is cleverly told from the school's point of view.  Older readers will enjoy Rex's humor and younger readers will certainly identify with Frederick Douglass Elementary's anxiety over the first day of school.  A delightful read!

Ready and Waiting for You

Bright paper collage illustrations set the tone for this cheerful book.  From the bus stop to the classroom, from the library to the playground, warm and friendly characters welcome children to their first day of school.

I Am Too Absolutely Small for School

Siblings Lola and Charlie are back as Charlie tries to convince the reluctant Lola to give school a try.  This is a fun read-a-loud.

The Pout-pout Fish Goes to School

Like many children Mr. Fish imagines the troubles that await him at school like not being smart enough and not fitting in.  By the end of this lively story a smile replaces Mr. Fish's pout. Readers are sure to smile too.

Also available in eBook.

Is your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?

This story uses humor as a great antidote for first day jitters. Kids will love the silliness and be reassured that school is a place for everyone.

Also available in eBook.

If You Take A Mouse to School

Numeroff's mouse is back to spend a day at school with his boy sidekick. The familiar format and fun illustrations will captivate kids.

Also available in Spanish.

First Day Jitters

Anxious children will identify with Sarah Jane's reluctance to begin school. The surprise ending is sure to delight and show children they are not the only ones nervous about starting school.

Also in eBook and DVD.

Llama Llama Misses Mama

This simple rhyming story about Llama Llama's first day of school is perfect for preschoolers anxious about being separated from their parents.

The Kissing Hand

Chester Raccoon does not want to go to school and Mrs. Raccoon shares the family secret of the Kissing Hand to dispel his fears in this classic story. A sweet read and beautifully illustrated.

Also available in eBook.

My Kindergarten

This book provides a month-by-month tour of kindergarten, including educational concepts and a variety of events. Teacher Miss Cribbage, a guinea pig, and other adorable animals make this book especially appealing to youngsters. This book is a perfect preview for children who like to know what to expect as well as a great review for those moving into first grade.

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