This time last year was tough for me. My first born was getting ready to start kindergarten and every night I laid awake in bed wondering where the years had gone. I bawled my eyes out after she got on the bus and I even hightailed it to the school to watch her walk in the doors for the first time. Slowly we found a rhythm and while there were a few bumps in the road she had a good year.
This August, as the new school year (and first grade) approaches, I am still a little sad to be sending my baby off to school but also excited for her to head back to class, make new friends, and learn even more about herself and the world around her.
If you are getting your kids ready for kindergarten (or 1st or 2nd grade) here are some fun picture books we have been reading around my house that may help you with the transition from summer to school!
11 Experiments That Failed by Offill & Carpenter
This book is the literary embodiment of my daughter. Crazy science experiments that make big messes? Perfect. If you have a budding scientist on your hands they will love seeing their own crazy experiments mirrored in this picture book. Better for slightly older kids.
Mom, It’s my First Day of School by Hyewon Yum
I loved this book last year, and I still love it this year! Mom, It’s My First Day, takes the first day jitters and gives them to Mom, instead of the kid. The little boy reassures his mom that everything will fine and before she knows it he will be back home!
Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School By Herman Parish
I loved Amelia Bedelia as a kid, and I love the newer kid version too. Amelia makes some silly mistakes on her first day of school, but that is okay: school is for learning and with a brand new teacher to help her she is sure to make lots of fun memories this year!
Dinosaur Vs School by Bob Shea
The Dinosaur vs. series is a favorite in our house. In this installment Dinosaur heads off to school for the first time and the day is broken into segments that any pre-schooler or kindergartener would be familiar with; storytime, music, snacks, and, of course, clean up! Perfect for younger kids who are wondering exactly what they will do in school.
School for Bandits by Hannah Shaw
Mr. and Mrs. Raccoon are worried about their son Ralph. His behavior is awful: he is thoughtful, clean and polite! How will he ever fit in at Raccoon Bandit School? Turns out it is okay to be yourself and being polite can be very good! Longer text.
Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School by David Mackintosh
Marshall Armstrong is very different from everyone else at school but that doesn’t mean you can’t be friends! Worried about making new friends? This is a great book to remind kids that everyone is different, and that’s okay, its our differences that make us special.
Haley is worried about first grade because it is so different from kindergarten. But with a caring teacher and new friends she begins to love first grade as much as she loved kindergarten.
Ally-Saurus by Rich Torrey
Ally is a loud, happy dinosaur but she is nervous about the first day of school. She wonders if she will fit in and if the other kids will like her, since she is a dinosaur. Things don’t go smoothly at first but Ally realizes that everyone is a little different and a little nervous. This is a great book for independent kids to help them see that everyone is a little nervous on the first day, but that making friends is easy if you be yourself.
Let the count down to the first day BEGIN!
By Natalie, CLP-Southside