back to school books for preschoolers and kindergarteners

August 4, 2010

So, the big day is coming up very soon for us! Juliet is going to preschool this fall (for the first time!) I have to admit there is some anxiety about the whole thing for both of us. On the one hand, I am excited for her to have a place to learn and play with other kids, but on the other hand, it means she is growing up and I know I'll miss having her around all day long.

To help both of us with this transition, I checked out some "back-to-school" themed books at the library this week. Here are our favorites:

Eliza's Kindergarten Surprise
Eliza's Kindergarten Surprise by Alice B. McGinty

This one is about kindergarten, but it applies to preschool as well. Eliza is sad because her mommy can't come to school with her, but she eventually finds a way to keep her mother near by making a mommy doll during craft time. (You know I love it when the book presents such an obvious crafting opportunity!) Juliet has already declared that she too, will make a mommy doll at school, but I think we'll probably make one together before she actually goes!

{I should probably also mention that this book made me tear up everytime I read the part where Eliza's mom comes to pick her up and she shares that she carried a picture of her daughter around in her pocket all day because she missed her, too!}

Enrico Starts School
Enrico Starts School by Charlotte Middleton

We've checked this one out before, but it was good to read it again this week. Enrico has school anxiety and has trouble making friends at first--he tries to fit in, but discovers it's more fun to just be yourself. We love kitty cats, so this was a fun one.

Chicken Chickens Go to School
Chicken Chickens Go to School by Valeri Gorbachev

Another cute story about first day of school anxiety--the two little chickens have trouble making friends at first, but soon discover how fun school can be.

I Am Too Absolutely Small for School (Charlie and Lola)
I Am Too Absolutely Small for School (Charlie and Lola), by Lauren Child

I love the illustrations in this book and Lola just makes us laugh. She doesn't want to go to school and has lots of excuses, but Charlie, her older brother convinces her that school is a good place to be. At the end of the day, she makes a new friend and her imaginary friend Soren Lorenson had a good day at school as well.

What Did You Do Today?: The First Day of School
What Did You Do Today?: The First Day of School by Toby Forward

This book features a little boy's first day of school. On one page it shows what he is doing and the other page shows what his mom is doing. Their days mirror each other and it's a fun way to show your child that you will still be thinking about him or her while they are away at school.

What are your favorite back-to-school books? We still have time to check some more out!


butterfly wishes and Wonderland Dreams said...

those are some great ones that we haven't read minus the charlie and lola since we read every charlie and lola a trillion times :)

I just posted my list yesterday:

also i have that post for you emailing it tonight.

Averie and Josie said...

I love the Miss Bindergarten books. I am going to have to check these out b/c Averie goes to Kindergarten next Friday! :(

Raising a Happy Child said...

Congrats on starting school - this is a big step. I hope Juliette will love it. Here are a few of our favorites - DW's Guide to Preschool by Marc Brown, A Kissing Hand (classic), Llama Llama Misses Mama and Preschool by Anne Rockwell.

Michelle said...

Emily will be starting a pre-k program in Sept. I will have to check out some of these and the other suggestions that were added in the comments! Thank you for the book suggestions :0)

Corrina said...

I love the book The Kissing Hand. It's a great going to school story to help kids.

Chels said...

'The Berenstain Bears Go to School' is perfect! Sister Bear isn't quite sure how she feels about starting school because she likes life how it already is. By the end of the book she's dragging Brother Bear to the bus!

We like Valeri Gorbachev books a lot but haven't read Chicken Chickens Go to School. My son isn't leaving me this year but I already know it's best to prepare him way in advance. He's a clingy little dude.

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

Great list! E doesn't appear to be at all apprehensive about starting K at a new school in the fall, so I'm almost scared to read her any "starting school" books - I don't want to put the idea in her head!

Jen said...

Oh, I'm always sad with each new transition- preschool, kingergarten, etc., but excited for them as well. I read books before the start of each school year as well.

vanessa @ silly eagle books said...

Thanks for all the suggestions! We will be looking for these at the library!

allison said...

My daughter's name is Eliza so we have the book Eliza's Kindergarten Surprise! It is adorable! Just wanted to let you know I love your blog! My friend and I were inspired by you to make our own lil' girls with the flying birds and they look great in our daughters' rooms!!! Btw, do you guys to the Dolly Parton"s United Way book a month? Great way to get books as well!
- allison w

Jackie said...

I got The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn last year. My son, who is going to Kindergarten in 1/2 weeks will often kiss my hand and use his hand to show it traveling to my heart. I know Juliet isn't going to Kindergarten but the book Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten was given to my daughter when she was going to Kindergarten and it is cute. I am sure Juliet will have fun at Preschool. Is it a half day program that meets a certain number of days per week?

Anne@LittleSproutBooks said...

Thanks for sharing these! B will make his preschool debut soon too! Hard to believe!

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