Books about the First Day of School

The first day of school can be scary for all grades, but especially for those in Preschool, school1Kindergarten, and the other lower grades. New teachers, new schools, and new classmates can spark anxiety and excitement for every child. Whether they are worried about being away from home, making friends, or what to expect it can be a stressful time for children, and their parents.  Here are some great picturebooks to read with children (or parents) that are a little worried about going back to school that can help them get excited, confident, and ready for the big day.

school21.Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

2.My Name Is Yoon by Helen Recorvitsschool3

3.Chu’s First Day of School (Chu, #2)  by Neil Gaiman

4.First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg

school45.Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin

6.Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney

7.The Night Before First Grade by Natasha Wingschool5

8.Miss Nelson Is Missing! (Miss Nelson, #1)  by Harry Allard

school69.Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes

10.Back to School Tortoise by Lucy M. Georgeschool7

And because you might have read all of these, and because I just cannot stop myself, here are some additional titles you might want to check out: The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon, David Goes To School by David Shannon, Splat the Cat: Back to School, Splat! by Rob Scotton, Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell, The Name Jar  by Yangsook Choi, I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont, First Grade Stinks! by Mary Ann Rodman, Louise the Big Cheese and the Back-to-School Smarty-Pants by Elise Primavera, Froggy Goes to School by Jonathan London, Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School by Herman Parish, If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Joffe Numeroff, and The Teacher from the Black Lagoon (Black Lagoon, #1) by Mike Thaler.

Getting Excited to Go Back to School

It’s time to start thinking about going back to school, starting school, or starting at a new school. Here are some fun books to help soothe the nerves and get some of our younger kids eager to set off to school come the last week in August.
It’s Back to School We Go: First Day Stories from Around the World by Ellen Jackson,  illustrated by Jan Davey Ellis
Back to School, Mallory by Laurie Friedman; illustrations by Tamara Schmitz
Louise the Big Cheese and the Back-to-School Smarty-Pants by Elise Primavera; illustrated by Diane Goode
Back to School Tortoise by Lucy M. George; illustrated by Merel Eyckerman
Robert and the Back-to School Special by Barbara Seuling; illustrated by Paul Brewer
Back to School by Maya Ajmera, John D. Ivanko; with a foreword by Marilyn Jachetti Whirry
Back to School for Rotten Ralph by Jack Gantos; illustrated by Nicole Rubel