Whenever a big change is on the horizon my first place to turn to is the library to grab books that will help explain, ease anxiety and excite my kids. These school-themed books are perfect for going to school for the first time or heading back after a fun summer off.
Maisy Goes to Preschool: A Maisy First Experiences Book by Lucy Cousins is not groundbreaking, it’s text is very formulaic but that doesn’t matter to most young readers who are being introduced to preschool for the first time. My daughter loved this book and my son loved helping me read it to her. It was sweet to see my son tell his little sister all about what she will do at preschool between reading. The book covers all the basics and the page showing Maisy and other students in the potty really stood out. The reason I liked this was that for many children a big step at the same time as starting preschool is potty training. The bright colors absolutely thrilled my toddler.
First Year Letters by Julie Danneberg is a really great book about a new, eager teacher and her loyal class. My son loves this book filled with funny mishaps during a teacher’s first year of teaching. The mishaps include runaway pets, falling buffalo, visits from the fire department not once but twice, and more every day things like barf. If you have a child like mine who thinks barf is funny, they will love it. I love the premise, letters written by students much like journal entries with coordinating illustrations. It made me want to get back to teaching. My son asked me if he’d get to have a teacher like that someday. I hope he does!
Miss Mingo and the First Day of School by Jamie Harper is a delightful book. Miss Mingo is a flamingo and teacher who wants to know about her students on the first day of school. She starts the exercise by sharing some fun facts about being a flamingo, like why she is pink. Before you know it, the whole class of different animals is sharing. This book shows kids that it’s okay to share about themselves. It is also full of fun facts about animals in the fine print. I even learned something I never knew about a Narwhal! It is a bit long for a toddler but each page highlights new animals. It’s easy to skip a few for those that aren’t ready for a book of this length. Certainly, this is going on my buy list!
The Babies on the Bus by Karen Katz made my daughter squeal at the bookstore when we read it . She loves babies and this book was full of them. The text is the song ” Wheels on the Bus” tweaked a little to be babies on the bus and illustrated with Karen Katz’s adorable babies. I can not read it without singing though. So, I sang it loud and proud in Barnes and Noble to my delighted daughter.
I Love School! by Philemon Sturges is a great simple school-themed book. I am a fan of this author and his basic books that kids love. He manages to cover all the things that happen at school from the start to the end of the day in an easy rhyming text. What makes this book stand out for me is that the boys and girls were both playing with dolls. That’s something that you see in classrooms every day but rarely in books. It was a nice touch.