First-Day-of-School Books Help Kids Face Familiar Fears
Back-to-school time can mean big emotions for kids.
These picture books tell stories of first-day fears and feelings, whether children are starting preschool or kindergarten, entering a new grade, or moving to a new community.
How to Get Your Octopus to School, by Becky Scharnhorst, illustrated by Jaclyn Sinquett
Kids who are feeling nervous about school will relate to the stubborn little octopus in this book. Caregivers will appreciate the gentle reminders of morning routines during the school year. Everyone will laugh!
The Day You Begin, by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael López
Every child’s story is different. This colorful book encourages kids who feel left out or misunderstood at school to bravely embrace their stories and connect with others.
Watch Woodson read the book on the Netflix Jr. series Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices, available on YouTube.
Geraldine, by Elizabeth Lilly
Lilly’s squiggly illustrations tell the story of Geraldine, who is distraught to discover she’s the only giraffe at her school until a new friend helps her find her voice.
Llama Llama Misses Mama, by Anna Dewdney
Help the littlest schoolkids prepare for the challenge of feeling homesick on the first day of preschool with this bouncy, rhyming book starring the iconic Llama Llama.