The first week in Pre-K or Kindergarten can be quite distressing for those little thinkers. Included in this booklist are books that will help make the transition a little easier through subjects such as missing mommy, different feelings, sharing, learning to wait for your turn and of course not eating your classmates!
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David Goes To School, by David Shannon
David loves doing lots of silly things at school like getting into a food fight, talking out of turn and chewing gum, which causes his teacher to have to say ‘No, David!’ over and over.
Waiting is not easy! by Mo Willems
Piggie has a surprise for Gerald, but Gerald will need to wait, and wait, and wait some more for it. This is not easy at all for poor Gerald.
Brown Bear Starts School, by Sue Tarsky
Brown Bear is very nervous to go to school. He’s worried that his classmates won’t like him or that he won’t be able to hear his teacher. When he realizes that he can do things for himself, things go much easier.
The Pigeon Has to Go To School! by Mo Willems
We Don’t Eat Our Classmates, by Ryan T. Higgins
Penelope Rex finds it hard to make human friends at her new school, because they are way too delicious. She finds out though, that she might not be at the top of the food chain.
You’re Finally Here! by Melanie Watt
This bunny is hopping through a range of emotions of how difficult it is to wait. He goes through being ecstatic, bored, insulted and then finally, forgiving.
Llama, Llama, Misses Mama, by Anna Dewdney
Llama Llama is worried that his mom will not come back. The other children in the class show Llama Llama just how much fun school can be, which makes him forget about all his worries.
Llama Llama, Time to Share, by Anna Dewdney
Llama Llama has a sharing drama! This is a great book for little learners who might need a little encouragement in sharing.
Maisy Goes to Preschool, by Lucy Cousins
School just started and it’s time for Maisy and her readers, to have fun. The little ones can pull the tabs and lift the flaps as they watch Maisy play in the sand, have a nap, and even play musical instruments.
Mouse’s First Day of School, by Lauren Thompson
Mouse discovers colors to paint with, letters to spell with, and new friends to play with in this mysterious place he finds himself in. Where could they be?
The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School, by Deborah Diesen
Fish is nervous to go to school. He frets about a lot of things that he might not be able to do, but then learns that school is the perfect place to master these skills.
How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague
Even Monsters Go to School, by Lisa Wheeler
Roary, the little monster, is reluctant to head off to school. Her dad tells her over breakfast how other monsters have overcome their first day day of school jitters.
Pete the Cat, Rocking in my School Shoes, by Eric Litwin
Pete never stops moving and grooving as he discovers the library, the lunchroom, the playground, and lots of other cool places at school.
You Get What You Get, by Julie Gasman
Melvin throws tantrum after tantrum when he doesn’t get what he wants. He learns how to deal with disappointment which is a very important life lesson for any child.
My Mouth is a Volcano! by Julia Cook
Louis always interrupts! His mouth is a volcano! But when others also begin to interrupt Louis, he learns how to wait for his turn to talk.
The Recess Queen, by Alexis O’ Neill & Laura Huliska-Beith
Mean Jean is the Recess Queen and she rules the playground. No one dares to question her power until a new girl comes to school and asks Mean Jean to jump rope with her.
The Name Jar, by Yangsook Choi
It’s hard enough being the new kid at school, but even harder if nobody can pronounce your name. Unhei is anxious that the American kids won’t like her, so instead of introducing herself, she tells them that she will choose a new name the next week.
The Day You Begin, by Jacqueline Woodson
There are many reasons to feel different. It’s not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody knows you yet, but somehow you do it.
Ricky, the Rock that Couldn’t Roll, by Mr. Jay
Unlike all of the others, who are all round, Ricky can’t roll because he’s flat on one side. His friends, the rocks and the ladybug set out to help Ricky roll around – one way or another.