Celebrate the milestone of a new school year with books! Books can help preschoolers and kindergarteners learn what to expect at school. Got a kiddo who is feeling nervous or worried about the start of a new school year? Sharing a book can provide an opening for children to talk about their emotions. Need a little laughter? Many of these titles are delightfully silly!
We hope you find a just right book for your family here! Need more suggestions, or have a book you think we should add to this list? We’d love to hear from you.
I Got the School Spirit by Connie Schofield-Morrison ; illustrated by Frank Morrison.
As a new school year begins, a young girl is filled with spirit as she zips her book bag shut, rides the bus, enjoys her classes, and eagerly anticipates the next day.
School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex; illustrated by Christian Robinson.
It’s the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone’s just a little nervous, especially the school itself.
Isabel and her Colores go to School by Alexandra Alessandri; illustrated by Courtney Dawson.
Spanish speaking Isabel is concerned about her first day of school where everyone will speak English–her first day is hard until she connects with a new friend during drawing time.
Amy Wu and the Warm Welcome by Kat Zhang
Amy wants to welcome the new student in her class, but Lin has just come from China and does not speak English, so Amy tries to work out a way to bridge the language gap.
The Day you Begin by Jacqueline Woodson; illustrated by Rafael López.
Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.
Lola Goes to School by Anna McQuinn ; illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw.
Lola meets new friends and tries many new things on her fun but exhausting first day of school, a reassuring read for those starting preschool or kindergarten.
First Day Critter Jitters written by Jory John ; illustrated by Liz Climo.
All of the animals are worried about the first day of school, but when they get to class, the critters find that it’s easier and more fun to face new things when you do them together.
Little Bat in Night School by Brian Lies
Little Bat is excited for his first night of school, but when he arrives, he finds his world turned upside down in this reassuring picture book that celebrates the experience of going to school for the first time.