My daughter is starting preschool in September and lately she has been talking a lot about school. But recently it hit me that she really doesn’t know what happens at school. She’s visited the school I used to teach at and some of my friends’ classrooms, but hasn’t had any firsthand experience being a student. So how am I getting her prepared? By reading lots of books!
For any kind of life transition, I think books are answer. Through reading, kids can explore and prepare for new situations without even leaving the house. Here are my five of my favorite back-to-school books:
First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg
I bought this book before my first day teaching first grade and then read it every first day for seven years. The book starts with Sarah Jane Hartwell in bed, nervous about the first day of school. Mr. Hartwell gets her up and on her way, though Sarah hesitates at every step. Eventually it’s revealed that Sarah is not actually kid, but a teacher! I love this book because it gets kids to realize that new experiences can make everyone feel a little uneasy.
First Day Hooray by Nancy Poydar
Though I think it’s important to normalize nervousness around the first day of school, sometimes books can focus too much on negative feelings. Instead of helping kids prepare, these books can have the unintended consequence of getting kids worried about things they hadn’t even thought about before! Not the case with First Day Hooray. This book, focused on elementary school, puts a refreshingly positive spin on the first day and gets kids excited for the start of school.
It’s Time for Preschool by Esme Raji Codell
This book provides lots of rich examples of what preschool is like. Through beautiful illustrations, rhymes, and stories, kids get a good sense of what happens during a typical preschool day. It’s a hit in our house!
Maisy Goes to Preschool by Lucy Cousins
We got this book at the library and my daughter loved seeing a familiar character (Maisy) embark on the same adventure she’s headed into. It’s exciting to see all the fun Maisy has as she through story time, snack, art activities, and other typical preschool activities.
What could be better to help prepare for transitions than a book that stars your child? Personalized books are a great way to create an relatable preview of upcoming transitions. Twigtale makes customized books that you can create with your own photos and messages, while I See Me also makes a fun “Very Important Preschooler” book that you can personalize.
What are your favorite back-to-school books? I’d love to add more to our library bag. Comment below to share!