Five Great Picture Books About Starting School

It's never too late to get your kids excited about starting school!

With the start of school just around the corner, your soon-to-be kindergartener may be feeling excited, nervous, or a little of each. Even if your child has been attending preschool, kindergarten is something different and new, and the official beginning of the school adventure. At your library you’ll find lots of picture books on this subject; here’s a selection to get you started.

Kindergarten Countdown

Written by Anna Jane Hays and illustrated by Linda Davick

Join Lucy as she excitedly counts down the last seven days before the first day of kindergarten. Each day, she talks about activities she’s looking forward to (show and tell, making new friends), manners she’ll be using (saying please and thank you, sitting still), and everything she’s excited to learn about (ABCs and 123s).

I Am Too Absolutely Small for School

Written and illustrated by Lauren Child

Beloved siblings Charlie and Lola return, as a gentle big brother encourages his uncertain (and ambivalent) little sister to see how much fun she’ll have at school. Once Charlie convinces Lola that her invisible friend Soren will be lonely at school without her, Lola somewhat reluctantly agrees to go. By the end of the first day she has found confidence and even made a new (real life) friend.

Wow! School!

Written and illustrated by Robert Neubecker

It’s Izzy’s very first day of school, and from the cozy classroom to the busy playground, everything is new and exciting! This book uses only a few words to highlight the novel experiences a kindergartener will have. Neubecker’s vivid and intricate illustrations will have you smiling nostalgically and enthusiastically pointing out kindergarten classics like the class pet, the sand table, and story time.

Ready, Set, Kindergarten!

Written by Paula Ayer with art by Danielle Arbour

Instead of focusing on what kids can expect in class at kindergarten, this book focuses on all the ways a little girl is a big kid who’s ready for school: she can get dressed by herself, recognize letters, wash her hands, eat on her own, share and resolve problems when playing, ask for help when she needs it, and of course, use her imagination!

My Kindergarten

Written and illustrated by Rosemary Wells

From September to June, Emily and her animal classmates spend their year in kindergarten learning and having fun with their playful and patient teacher Miss Cribbage. Curious souls and deep thinkers will enjoy this thoughtful and detailed look at the traditional subjects that kids explore in kindergarten (counting, geography, weather, and the alphabet) along with some unexpectedly deeper topics (voting, world holidays, and gratefulness).

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