Introducing Your Child to School with Great Stories

In under a month, most kids will be heading back to school. If your child will be going to school for the very first time, this is the start of an exciting new stage in their life! Take the time now, to introduce him or her to life at school! You can do this with the help of some great "getting ready for school" books that will deal with your children's questions and uncertainties…

Spot Goes to School by Eric Hill
School is beginning, and Spot isn't feeling so good about his first day. But with the help of his new classmates, Tom Alligator, Helen Hippo, and Steve Monkey, Spot learns to fit in just fine, painting pictures, listening to story time and spelling words with blocks. At the end of the day he takes his painting home and declares that school was "Great!" Publisher: Puffin.

Will I Have a Friend? by Miriam Cohen
When Pa was taking Jim to school for the first time, Jim said, "Will I have a friend at school?" "I think you will," said Pa. But even his father's gentle reassurance doesn't make Jim feel any better. The other children in kindergarten are scary strangers to him. He's sure that he'll never find a friend... until naptime, when he discovers someone who feels the way he does. Publisher: Aladdin.

Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come by Nancy Carlson
The simple, comforting text and big, bright illustrations will ease first-day-of-school jitters and help make the early days of kindergarten exciting and fun. Publisher: Turtleback Books.

Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus
Leo isn't reading, or writing, or drawing, or even speaking, and his father is concerned. But Leo's mother isn't. She knows her son will do all those things, and more, when he's ready. Publisher: Harper Collins Canada.

Frankin Goes to School by Paulette Bourgeois
On the first day of school, Franklin is a little nervous, but his teacher, Mr. Owl, knows just what to do. Publisher: Kids Can Press.

Kindergarten Rocks! by Katie Davis
Dexter already knows everything there is to know about kindergarten. His big sister, Jessie, told him all about it. So Dexter is not scared. Not even a little bit. But his stuffed dog, Rufus, is scared. Actually, he's terrified. But Dexter tells Rufus that he has nothing to fear: As he'll soon find out, kindergarten rocks! Publisher: Voyager.

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester's fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called The Kissing Hand to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary. Publisher: Child & Family Press.

All books available at your local book store or online.

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