Get Ready for the First Day of School with Books!
Some of you will start school this week. Some will start next month and some will have already started. Here are some books that show how a few characters think about, get ready for, and get started in school. Most are for kindergarten and first grade.
by Jo Hodgkinson
On the first day of school, Migs is feeling shy. But when he finds the perfect super hero clothes in the dress-up corner, he feels brave. However, things don’t go as well as he’d like. Never fear, Migs figures out how to save the day.
by Marc Brown
Kindergarten is only a week away and Monkey is NOT ready. He worries about every part of this new adventure in his life. He gets his supplies and practices school with his brother, but still, he’s not ready. Then the first day comes and…
by Sujean Rim
Birdie is nervous about starting school. But when she walks into her classroom, she is happy to see that her classroom looks wonderful and that her teacher is not a werewolf after all.
by Joseph Slate, illustrated by Ashley Wolff
Oh my, this is a wonderful book! It has everything: delightful rhymes that show the entire alphabet, outstanding illustrations, and a well-paced, somewhat suspenseful plot. Will Miss Bindergarten ever get her classroom ready in time?
by Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Dan Hanna
When Mr. Fish was very small, he went to school. He felt everyone knew what to do except him. He just knew he wasn’t smart, he’d never get it, he didn’t belong, and should just forget it. But when he entered his classroom, his teacher knew just what to say.
by Kevin Henkes
Wemberly is a mouse who worries about everything, all the time. When it’s time for her to go to nursery school for the first time, she really worries. But on the first day she meets another student who worries too. They spend the day together and school doesn’t seem so scary. Kevin Henkes is one of my favorite kidlit authors and this is another winner.
by Mike Austin
All the monsters are excited to go to school, except Blue. He has all sorts of fears, but his first day convinces him that he loves Monster School.
by Catherine Urdahl, illustrated by Mai S. Kemble
Polka-dot was used to having her Grandpa fix everything. But since he couldn’t go to kindergarten with her, she had to make-do with the fix-it kit he made for her. Good thing, too, since it was just what she needed to turn a first day bully into a friend.
by Chris Gall
Unless you’ve read earlier Dinotrux books, it’s quite possible you never heard of Dumploducus, Craneosaurus, Dozeratops, and their friends. In this book, they are on their way to school and have a few worries. When they got to school, their teacher, a giant smelly caveman, greets them. More worries! Never fear…
by Erica Silverman, illustrated by Betsy Lewin
Cowboy Kate gets off the bus with a new friend. That’s a good thing, right? Not according to her horse and best friend, Cocoa. He wants nothing to do with Kate’s new friend. Will the girls ever figure out how to win Cocoa over?
by Mike Thaler, illustrated by Jared Lee
You may have read other Black Lagoon stories, those involving a custodian, a dentist, a substitute teacher, and other adults the kids find scary. This time, it’s the teacher who’s scared. Poor thing, she thinks she’s in for the worse class ever.
I hope you have a great start to your school year!