Last year we entered the world of backpacks, school supplies, and the get-to-school hustle. It was only a two day a week preschool, which my son will continue this coming year, but it was a big step for him (and us). Like I do in most situations, I turned to books to help ease the transition. With that in mind, here is a list of the best back to school books for your child’s first day of pre-K, elementary school, or a new school.
Books for Preschoolers:
Daniel Goes to School: This is a book version of the infamous episode of the PBS favorite about how “grown-ups come back.” It’s in your head now. You’re welcome.
The Night Before Preschool: Another book in the “Night Before” Series, this is a book that shows what the first day of school is like.
The Kissing Hand: I dare you to read this before your little one’s first day of school and NOT cry. Doing the “kissing hand” trick with your preschooler might be a great tangible ritual for them when they feel a little separation anxiety.
David Goes to School: Everyone’s favorite trouble maker–David–goes to school and has to follow the rules.
Books for Kindergarten
Mrs. Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten: Perfect for your soon-to-be kindergartner, this book uses an “ABC” format and lyrical rhymes to show your little one what kindergarten might be like.
Wemberly Worried: Kevin Henkes is one of my all time favorite children’s book authors. It doesn’t hurt that he hails from my college town: Madison, WI (go Badgers!), but I digress. This sweet story is about a little mouse named Wemberly who is a a little, shall we say, high strung. A great book for those of us who have more anxious kids. Heck, it was a good book for me to read.
Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes: Pete the Cat is just fun, and this lighthearted book about going to school will get your kid excited.
Books for Elementary and up
Thank you, Mr. Falker: An autobiographical tale of one girl starting school and who struggles with reading, this book is about the power of great teachers and learning to overcome a struggle.
Ramona the Pest: This one would be a fun read aloud for a younger elementary school child, or a great read-on-your-own book for an older one. Everyone’s favorite little sister is starting school!
Each Kindness: This acclaimed book about bullying and kindness is an important message in today’s world.
Wonder: Ten-year-old Auggie was born with a facial deformity and starts public school after being homeschooled. A great book and a great way to jumpstart a conversation about interacting with people who may be different (and not so different, after all) from us.