Kids are starting school, but it doesn’t look or feel the way it usually does. The standard books about starting school just don’t apply this year. We’ve gathered some books 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 with your child helps them to acknowledge and talk about feelings of excitement, fear, or worry accompanying the start of this school year. Searching for ways to make this time feel special? We’ve included books that celebrate growing up 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.
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.
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.