Starting a new school often introduces new worries and fears. Moving from preschool to Kindergarten, and Kindergarten to First Grade can be a challenging and sometimes scary time for little ones.
Introducing the idea of a new class, with books, is a great way to gently encourage your child that only good things lie ahead!
We've compiled a few favorites to share with you!
How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? is an adorable and funny read by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague. This book brings humor along with sharing what behaviors are and aren't acceptable in school.
Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney is a darling book about a young llama who is hesitant to leave his mother on the first day of school. Soon, he has had such a fun day, he's forgotten all about his worrisome morning.
For decades, The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, has been a timeless and well-loved story to encourage children on their first day of school. Mrs. Racoon shares her family secret, the Kissing Hand, to offer her young racoon the assurance in a time he is feeling worried and anxious.
Kindergarten Rocks! by Katie Davis shares the story of Dexter, who claims he isn't scared a bit of his new class. His stuffed dog, however, is. This story shares how sometimes children find comfort, and solutions to their problems, within the comfort of a favorite toy.
Entering First Grade
Junie B., First Grader (at last!) by Barbara Park continues to follow the hilarious Junie B. Jones as she enters First Grade. Everything is new and strange to her, made even more confusing when she considers the possibility that she may need glasses. This funny and enjoyable read is a great way to prepare your little one for big and exciting challenges ahead.
Natasha Wing's The Night Before First Grade is a funny twist on the classic story by Clement C. Moore. Penny is just fine preparing for school, but is taken off guard when she learns she and her best friend aren't in the same classroom. It has an adorable ending that will help to calm those first day nerves.