The first day of school is both exciting and scary no matter what age you are, so here are some books to get kids psyched and help them make that transition from hot summer days to cool school days.
My Preschool by Anne Rockwell. Ages 2-4.
Follow a little boy during his day at preschool, from cheerful hellos in circle time, to painting colorful pictures and playing at the water table, to passing out paper cups for snack.
Preschool Day Hooray! by Linda Strauss. Ages 3-5.
A soothing and relatable story for those getting ready for a day of finger-painting, napping, playing dress-up, and dancing at preschool.
School Bus by Donald Crews. Ages 3-6.
Follow the school buses as they take children to school and bring them home again.
How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague. Ages 3-6.
The Dinosaurs are back and they are going to school. They have much to learn--raising hands, taking turns and using indoor voices. They‘re a lot like children aren’t they? (Now a book with CD.)
The Bus Stop by Janet Morgan Stoeke. Ages 4-6
Kindergartners gather for their exciting first ride on the school bus.
Kindergarten Diary by Antoinette Portis. Ages 4-6.
Annalina is a little scared of school, but her first day turns out great.
It's Your First Day of School, Annie Claire by Nancy Carlstrom.
Pre-school jitters-- spilled milk, making friends, snoring at naptime-- are lovingly
Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney. Ages 4-6.
Llama Llama experiences separation anxiety on his first day of nursery school.
Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten by Audrey Vernick. Ages 4-6.
A buffalo that snorts, dances, and makes faces may help apprehensive youngsters to be more at ease about the first day of kindergarten.
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate. Ages 4-6.
On the first morning of school, Miss Bindergarten arrives early to unpack the boxes, decorate the walls, and ready the kindergarten room for her new class. Each of her new students prepares for the day as well.
The Boy on the Yellow Bus by Crystal Bowman. Ages 4-6.
Bus etiquette made fun.
Keisha Ann Can! by Daniel Kirk. Ages 4-7.
Keisha Ann is proud of all the things she can do during her day at school.
Rufus and Friends: School Days by Iza Trapani. Ages 5-7.
"Why don't you hop aboard this bus, and spend a day in school with us?"
Rufus and his dog friends, have a day of classroom adventures.
Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I don't) by Barbara Bottner. Ages 5-7.
When the librarian sends a stubborn first grader hone with a bagful of books, she does not like any of them––until she finds a story about a stubborn, smelly, snorty ogre with warts.
Jake Starts School by Michael Wright. Ages 5-7.
No one can pry a frightened Jake away from his parents on the first day of school, so the three must watch as his classmates have fun - until his teacher finally gets him to let go.
Que Nervios!: El Primer Dia de Escuela by Julie Danneberg.
Sumario en español: Sarah está asustado del primer día de escuela. Ella y el lector llevan una sorpresa cuando llega a su clase.