It’s September and that means everyone has started back to school. For little ones, this can be a tricky time that leads to lots of worry and what-ifs. These picture books (and 1 chapter book) are all great ways to guide them through this transition.
I am Too Absolutely Small for School by Lauren Child – Charlie and Lola books are so much fun. Lola is sure that she is too small to start school, but her brother Charlie patiently convinces her with all sorts of funny reasons on why she needs to go.
Wow! School! by Robert Neubecker – Izzy finds lots of things that “wow” her on her first day of school.
Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton – Splat is nervous about his first day at cat school, but it goes better than expected.
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn – Chester Raccoon is nervous about his first day of school, until his mother tells him a story that reassures him.
Chu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman – Chu, the sneezy panda is heading off to school for the first time. He hopes the other boys and girls will be nice and wonders what will happen there.
Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes by Eric Litwin – Of course we can’t forget Pete! Pete’s all ready for school: he’s got his red high-tops, his backpack, his lunch box, and his red guitar. There are a lot of new things during his day, but he doesn’t worry and just keeps singing his song.
Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park – This is a beginner chapter book and not a picture book, but Junie B. is great for reading aloud! Junie B. describes her first day of kindergarten and what happens when she decides not to take the bus home like she’s supposed to.
School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex – It’s the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary, and even the school itself is a little nervous.
Sumi’s First Day of School Ever by Soyung Pak – After Sumi’s first day of school, she decides it is not as lonely, scary, or mean as she had thought.
Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes – Wemberly is a little mouse and she is quite the worrier. Starting nursery school brings a whole list of new worries, but she faces her fears on her first day.