Starting a new school year, moving, swimming in the deep end for the first time — big changes are often accompanied by big feelings. We’ve gathered some books for children about doing something new. We looked for titles that address the inner thoughts and emotions of children. We hope that that sharing one or two of these books will provide support for you and your children through times of change.
A child’s life is full of new experiences, so we’ve included books to celebrate growing up, being brave and being you!
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DOING SOMETHING NEW
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall
Jabari decides he’s ready to try jumping off the diving board, but when the big moment arrives, Jabari needs to work up the courage to take the leap. His story will help kids facing fears about starting a new adventure.
Lena’s Shoes are Nervous: A First-Day-of-School Dilemma by Keith Calabrese and Juana Medina
Lena is excited about starting kindergarten, but her favorite shoes are very nervous! She convinces the shoes, and herself, to be brave.
The Magical Yet by Angela Diterlizzi
Each of us is accompanied by a special companion, the Yet. Can’t ride a bike? Yet! Yet is with us to offer encouragement in the face of obstacles and to remind us that learning something new takes patience and perseverance.
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.
El Cucuy is Scared too by Donna Barba Higuera
Ramón and his monster, El Cucuy, who lives in his cactus, must confront their fears about living in a new place and beginning a new journey, in this unlikely friendship story that’s rooted in Mexican folklore.
WORRY & EMOTIONS
The Color Monster by Anna Llenas
One day, Color Monster wakes up feeling very confused. His emotions are all over the place; he feels angry, happy, calm, sad and scared all at once! To help him, a little girl shows him what each feeling means through color.
Worries are not Forever by Elizabeth Verkick
Explains what worries are, and how it feels to be worried; assures children that everyone, even grown-ups, feel worried, and offers strategies to cope with anxiety.
Life without Nico by Andrea Maturana, Francisco Javier Olea.
When Maia’s best friend Nico moves away, there is an empty hole in her life, and she experiences sadness of loneliness, uncertainty, and eventually the joy of new experiences.
WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT & CELEBRATION
You are Ready! The World is Waiting by Eric Carle
Upbeat words of encouragement accompanied by images of animal youngsters “leaving the nest” and venturing out into the world, in Eric Carle’s signature collage style.