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Getting Ready for School

The countdown is on! For many, the very first day of school is just around the corner. For kids starting kindergarten or preschool, the transition can be overwhelming and sometimes scary. A great way to talk through these feelings is through books! We’ve compiled a list of back to school books that work through many common emotions about going to school.

The Class by Boni Ashburn; illustrated by Kimberly Gee

Twenty young students, some eager, some nervous, some grumpy, prepare for their very first day of kindergarten.

Bear’s Big Day by Salina Yoon

Bear, feeling very grown-up, says goodbye to his stuffed rabbit, Floppy, and starts his first day of school but soon he is missing Floppy and worrying that he is not ready to be a big bear, after all.

Noni is Nervous by Heather Hartt-Sussman; illustrated by Genevieve Cote

Noni is nervous about playdates, and global warming, and most of all, about the first day of school. Her parents are worried too, and even her brother is a little wary. But Noni finds a friend, someone a little more outgoing than herself, and discovers that through friendship, she can belong and succeed in a world that once filled her with dread.

Find More Resources for Kids

View our full book list in the catalog [link here] and check out more library resources for preparing kids for school!

Early Readers Read-Alongs on Tumblebooks
Homeschool with Hoopla
Find ABCs & 123s 
Children’s Audiobooks on Hoopla

Trails Regional Library’s Just for Kids page

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