The First Day of Kindergarten: 10 Helpful Books to Ease the Transition

If your child is anything like mine, they do NOT like transitions. Not going to a new place, not leaving that place, not saying goodbye, not even meeting new friends. My daughter is pretty much resistant to any change out there. I shudder at the thought of her first day of Kindergarten

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Books to Calm First Day of Kindergarten Jitters

The first day of Kindergarten is one of the biggest days of a child’s early life. It is a big transition! New school, new friends, new rules, new everything! To learn more about important skills your child will need in order to be ready for Kindergarten, read this article.

Needless to say, your little one may be feeling nervous for this big event. One way to address concerns about the first day of Kindergarten is to start a conversation by reading a book. Even if your child doesn’t seemed outwardly concerned about his or her first day of Kindergarten, it is a nice way to have a discussion about the topic.

Books About the First Day of Kindergarten

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Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate

A story about a teacher getting the classroom ready for her new students, as they are also getting ready for their first day of Kindergarten. A nice way to begin a discussion about your child’s Kindergarten teacher, who is eager to meet them!

Curious George’s First Day of School by H. A. Rey

Your child will giggle listening to all of Curious George’s adventures in his new school. This book will build confidence, as your child will be able to identify all the things Curious George does wrong!

The Berenstain Bears Go to School by Jan and Stan Berenstain

My favorite books for teaching lessons while still being funny, the Berenstain Bears are timeless classics. In this installment, Sister Bear’s first day of Kindergarten is approaching and she is full of worries. This is the perfect book for a five-year old with burning questions about what Kindergarten will be like!

Franklin Goes to School by Paulette Bourgeois

Franklin starts out feeling excited on his first day of Kindergarten, but gets nervous when the bus pulls up. Luckily, his teacher, Mr Owl, helps him overcome his fears!

Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten! by Hyewon Yum

This is a great role reversal book, in which the little boy comforts his parents as they worry about him starting school. I love how this book shows an empowered child. Tearful mommies will be comforted by this book as well!

Countdown to Kindergarten by Alison McGhee

This little girl has heard all about the “rules” of Kindergarten from a big kid (a first grader). She is worried about tying her shoes, but discovers she is ready, just in time for her first day of Kindergarten!

We Share Everything! by Robert Munsch

A funny story about kindergarteners learning to share. It turns out you really can’t share EVERYTHING in Kindergarten! A great starting point for a discussion about sharing at school (we don’t share lunches, money, clothes, etc.).

David Goes to School by David Shannon

A hilarious tale of all the rules little David breaks while at school. There are very few words to be read. Instead, your child will have to look at the pictures to discover the funny things David does wrong, which is great for starting discussions. Knowing that they already are familiar with some of the rules at school will boost your child’s confidence. Fun fact: The main character, David, grows up to become the author, David Shannon.

Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney

This is not about Kindergarten, but daycare, but it is a great book to discuss children’s feelings about parents leaving and feeling shy in a new place. Little Llama is nervous and withdrawn when Mama drops him off for this first day of daycare, but ends up having so much fun, the day flies by and before he knows it, Mama is back!

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

The classic story about Chester the Raccoon’s first day of Kindergarten. Mommy gives Chester a kiss on the hand and tells him he can always think of her while he is at school. This one will bring tears to any mommy’s eyes!

These books will be sure to help ease the build up to the first day of Kindergarten and your little one will be raring to go! Don’t forget to read about what to expect for the first six weeks of Kindergarten, as your little one adjusts to a new stage of their life!

Do you have any favorite books to read when it’s back-to-school time? Share them below!

5 thoughts on “The First Day of Kindergarten: 10 Helpful Books to Ease the Transition

  1. Lovely books, I read somewhat different book to my kid when he went off for the first day but then I vouch reading books with this experience makes it so better for kids.

  2. Transitions are hard for my daughter too! I think we’re going to be reading lots of back to school books in the coming weeks. Thanks for the list!

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