10 Great Starting School Books

By Simon McDonald, Editorial Manager |

This is our selection of 10 children’s picture books that are about starting school, which can help reassure children about this milestone in their life.

I Am Absolutely Too Small for Schoolwant_to_read_buttonLola is not so sure about school. After all, why would she need to count higher than 10 when she never eats more that ten cookies at a time? Once again, it’s up to ever-patient big brother Charlie to persuade Lola that school is worthwhile and that her invisible friend, Soren Lorensen, will be welcome, too.


The Night Before Kindergartenwant_to_read_button‘Twas the night before kindergarten, and as they prepared, kids were excited, and a little bit scared.


The Night Before Preschoolwant_to_read_buttonIt’s the night before preschool, and a little boy named Billy is so nervous he can’t fall asleep.


Kindergarten Rockswant_to_read_buttonDexter 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 — er, Rufus has nothing to fear: as he’ll soon find out, kindergarten “rocks!”


The Kissing Handwant_to_read_buttonIn this contemporary classic, Chester Raccoon seeks love and reassurance from his mother as he ventures out into the world to attend his very first day of school.


Chu's First Daywant_to_read_buttonIt is Chu’s first day of school. Chu is nervous. He hopes the other boys and girls will be nice.


The Pout Poutwant_to_read_buttonMr. Fish is nervously awaiting his first day of school, and he frets about not knowing how to write his name, how to draw shapes, and how to do math.


First Daywant_to_read_buttonA delightful picture book about starting school, with a clever twist all parents will relate to!


Starting Schoolwant_to_read_buttonThis wonderfully warm and humorous book will put any preschooler’s jitters to rest.


Little Rabbit Goes to Schoolwant_to_read_buttonIt’s Little Rabbit’s first day at school. He decides his favourite toy, Charlie Horse, wants to start school too, so they set off together.

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