The Best First Day of School Books

No matter if you are going to preschool or fourth grade, the first day of school is always a little scary. New teacher and a class full of kids you don’t know yet. Maybe even a different school or you have never been away from Mom and Dad before. This can create a lot of excitement and in some cases a bit of anxiety, also for parents sending their three-year-old to preschool. We made it a tradition to read a First Day of School book the night before the first day. Here are our favorites.

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The Kissing Hand

The classic of all first day of school books and often used by Kindergarten teachers. Audrey Penn wrote a wonderful story about Chester Raccoon who is a little frightened about starting school. His mother tells him about the tradition of the kissing hand and shows him a way to be together, even if you physically separated. A tearjerker for every parent.

The Night Before Preschool

This is the book I read to my kids before they started preschool. A sweet rhyming story about Billy who is first too anxious about starting school to fall asleep and then can’t sleep the next night either because he can’t wait to go back to school!

Also check out the Night before 1.Grade.

Pete the Kitty’s First Day of Preschool

We love the series of Pete the Kitty books, and this one by Kimberly and James Dean is one of them. Little Pete is excited to start preschool and you get to join him on this special day. A happy book for toddlers to prepare them for the big day.

Bonnie’s First Day of School

If you have a Toy Story loving kid, this is the right book for you. Just like in the movie Bonnie is afraid to start Kindergarten but Forky helps her over the first day jitters and takes such good care of her. The book also comes with stickers and a Forky puppet out of cardboard.

Spoiler alert: If Woody is your favorite character you might be disappointed as he is not in the book.

The Day You Begin

There will be times when you walk into a room
and no one there is quite like you.

This book is a #1 bestseller and for a good reason. It is wonderfully written about finding the courage to connect with others, even when we feel scared or different. A must-read for elementary age children before starting school, but also for children to understand about the feelings of the “new” kid and cultural differences.

The Pigeon HAS to Go to School

Pigeon has to go to school and he is not happy! He is trying to fight it and takes us along his emotional journey in which he addresses a lot of the anxieties kids feel as they start school. This is a perfect book for back to school and will have kids giggling and laughing out loud.

What Should Danny Do?

This book is basically 8 in 1 as it lets the reader choose his own story. This is the second book of the series and takes us to school where Danny faces all kinds of dilemmas. You will be the one to decide how he acts and these decisions will determine the outcome of his day. What Should Danny Do? School Day teaches kids in an awesome way to be kind and make good choices.

Kindergarten, Here I Come

If you have a Kindergarten kid with glasses, this is the book for you! It is a cute book, written like a poem, that shows new students what to expect on their first day. My son especially loved that the main character is wearing glasses because he was wearing them too at that time. He felt like he could relate to him.

We don’t eat our Classmates

This book isn’t only good for first school days. You will enjoy it any time of the year. Penelope is starting school and has a hard time resisting her classmates because they taste so delicious. It is not until she gets bit by the class pet that she understands that being eaten is no fun.

Treat others the way you want to be treated. A good lesson packed into a hilarious story.

You might also like the list of interactive books for kids.

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