The preparations for back to school are fully under way. It is a big year for our home as Zyler takes the big step into first grade, an important curriculum and full days; while Alex begins preschool and the valuable lessons to be gained there. Each child coming upon their own challenges and major developmental stages. Facing that first day of school can be nerve racking for anyone, the small, excited children are not exempt from the jitters. Today I wanted to share a few of our favourite books that help them adapt to the changes…
10. The Berenstain Bears: Go to School by Stan and Jan Berenstain
After 50+ years of over 300 titles The Berenstain Bears books remain relevant today. This installment features Sister Bear conquering her fears of starting Kindergarten. After discovering all the things to learn and explore, her anxieties disappear and she cannot wait to go back the next day.
9. If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Dont! by Elise Parsley
Show and tell can be a fun chance to share a piece of who you are, but when the teacher tells her kids to bring something from nature little Magnolia brings an Alligator. Obvious trouble ensues, and Magnolia must find a way to scare an alligator back home.
8. Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity by Mo Willems
Sequel to Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, Mr. Willems hits another home run. When Trixie starts school she discovers that another little girl has the same plush Knuffle Bunny as her. After the girls argue and fight over the bunnies, the teacher confiscates their toys. What happens when Trixie discovers her teacher gave her back the wrong Knuffle Bunny?
7. Chu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman
Gaiman’s little panda with the explosive sneeze faces his first day of school. Nerves begin to get the better of the panda. To face the jitters, Chu must learn the all important rule to be yourself.
6. David Goes to School by David Shannon
David is a high energy kid, getting in trouble all over the school. His teacher is at an end with her hands full, she gives David a last chance. Can David rise to the occasion and stay out of trouble?
5. Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes by Eric Litwin
The rocking cat is back! Heading to school with his fresh new kicks. He is discovering all the wonderful places that school has to offer like the library and playground. All the while singing his song and grooving.
4. Dinosaur vs. School by Bob Shea
Starting preschool is full of exciting new friends and things to do. Dinosaur is set on coming in and winning it all. Featuring a few cameos from Bob Shea’s other works, this book is another hilarious winner.
3. Planet Kindergarten by Sue Ganz-Schmitt
Preparing the explorers for the bold adventures of Kindergarten. The young hero navigates through new terrain and meets strange new faces. Teaching kids to take on the unknown with courage and bravery.
2. We Share Everything by Robert Munsch
Learning to share can be a hard lesson for the little kids not used to having anyone to share with. When Jeremiah and Amanda start fighting over toys their teacher reminds them to share everything. Unfortunately, the kids take that lesson a little too seriously.
1. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
One of the hardest struggles for young children starting school is the detatchment from their parents or guardians. The Kissing Hand features a raccoon about to start school and how his mother comforts him by sending him to school with a kiss in the palm of his paw.
Thanks booknerds, I’ll leave you with a great quote for those nervous toddlers.
You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think. – Winnie the Pooh