Back-to-School: 6 Great Books to Mark the Occasion
For children just starting school (or starting at a new school) and their parents, however, the first day of school can be an overwhelming and even scary prospect. Laughing Giraffe Books suggests 6 books to help prepare for, and to celebrate the first day of school:
First Day Jitters
Written by Julie Danneberg, Illustrated by Judy Love
The first day jitters are not just for students! It is Sarah Jane Hartwell's first day at a new school, and she doesn't want to go. Children will enjoy following along with her antics, and will love the surprising twist at the end.
Written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes
Wemberly worries about everything- especially the first day of school.Will her teacher be nice? Will she be able to find the bathroom? Will she like her snack? It turns out that Wemberly didn't need to worry!
The Kissing Hand
Written by Audrey Penn, Illustrated by Ruth E. Harper and Nancy M. Leak
Mrs. Raccoon has a unique way of helping her son, Chester, prepare for his first day of school. A special kiss in the palm of his hand provides love and reassurance throughout the day. School-bound children will love facing their first day armed with Chester's magic kiss.
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten
Written by Joseph Slate, Illustrated by Ashley Wolff
Miss Bindergarten and her 26 students prepare for the first day of kindergarten. Fun illustrations and rhyming verse will carry children through an alphabet of school day preparation.
I am Too Absolutely Small for School
Written and illustrated by Lauren Child
Lola isn't sure that she is quite ready to start school. Youngsters will laugh along as big brother Charlie convinces her that school will be a lot of fun- even for her imaginary friend Soren Lorensen.