Published on July 11th, 2014 | by Bright Kids Books0
Best first day of preschool books for kids
These are our pick of the best first day of preschool books for kids. Many children will be feeling a range of emotions around their first day of kinder – excitement, trepidation, and curiosity to name just a few. With this in mind, we’ve included kids books that address a range of preschoolers concerns. Some of the books are upbeat, while others talk candidly about being away from home and being in a new environment. As a parent or carer, you’re best placed to identify how your child is feeling about their first day of preschool. We purposely didn’t include children’s books that make the first day of preschool seem scary. Why put negative thoughts into a little one’s head! Pre-school is a fun and exciting time – for both parents and children – and these books are a perfect way to introduce your little one to their first day of preschool.
by Katie Davis
Dexter already knows everything there is to know about kindergarten. His big sister, Jessie, told him all about it. So Dexter is not scared. Not even a little bit. But his stuffed dog, Rufus, is scared. Actually, he’s terrified. The interplay of Dexter’s narrative, which addresses readers directly, and his cartoon-bubble exchanges with his sister respectfully and humorously covers a new student’s many of concerns. But Dexter – er, Rufus – has nothing to fear: As he’ll soon find out, kindergarten rocks! The buoyant scenes of Dexter enjoying himself at kinder will reassure even the most fearful of the preschool set.
by Nancy Carlson
The first day of kindergarten is finally here, and Henry can’t wait to paint pictures, sing songs, and practice counting. When he gets to school, though, he’s not so sure he’s so ready to start preschool. But before long Henry discovers that the only thing he’s not ready for is how much fun he’s going to have at his new preschool! This gently humorous, encouraging story will give children about to enter kindergarten an extra special boost of confidence.
by Toni Buzzeo
Annie Grace wears her “Adventure Annie” cape to her first day of kindergarten, and proceeds to barrel through the day, searching for adventure in every moment. Her interpretation of the class’s Gold Star Rules isn’t exactly what her teacher, Mr. Todd, had in mind. But somehow Annie does manage to save the day when two of her classmates get lost on their way to retrieve the afternoon snack. Spirited and funny, this is an introduction to kindergarten that will please kids and teachers alike. Annie is a vibrant and confident little girl, so this is one of the first day of preschool books for kids will suit children with a similar attitude.
by Patrice Karst
This is a great one for kids who might be suffering separation anxiety. The story begins with a mother telling her twins that an ‘invisible string’ connects to all the hearts of people. This string cannot be cut, torn, or broken in any way – even after death. Instead, it acts as a conductor of love between the people who care about each other. This string also cannot be seen with the eyes, but it can be felt with the heart – sending the message to readers that they are never truly alone, and will never be forgotten or abandoned by those who their invisible string is connected to.
Separation is a serious issue, both for parents and their children – especially around their first day of preschool. This is the main reason why The Invisible String (by Patrice Karst) has made its way to the third spot on the list of Top 10 Books for 3 year olds. It can also be a tale on how to deal with loss – specifically the overall anxiety and fear that comes from the thought of being separated from a person that is an integral part of a child’s life. However, this book isn’t just a creative comfort for children – it’s also an important tale for anyone who has ever had difficulty dealing with loss or separation.
by Audrey Penn
Chester Raccoon doesn’t want to go to school – he wants to stay home with his mother. She assures him that he’ll love school – with its promise of new friends, new toys, and new books. Even better, she has a special secret that’s been in the family for years – the Kissing Hand. This secret, she tells him, will make school seem as cozy as home. She takes her son’s hand, spreads his tiny fingers into a fan and kisses his palm – smack dab in the middle. Whenever he feels lonely at school, all he has to do is press his hand to his cheek to feel the warmth of his mother’s kiss. Chester is so pleased with his Kissing Hand that he – in a genuinely touching moment – gives his mom a Kissing Hand, too, to comfort her when he is away. Audrey Penn’s The Kissing Hand, published by the Child Welfare League of America, is just the right book for any child taking that fledgling plunge into their first day of preschool – or for any youngster who is temporarily separated from home or loved ones.
by Drew Daywalt
Poor Duncan just wants to colour in. But when he opens his box of crayons, he only finds letters, all saying the same thing: We quit! Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown, Blue needs a break from colouring in all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other. The battle lines have been drawn. What is Duncan to do?
The Number One New York Times Bestseller! Debut author Drew Daywalt and international bestseller Oliver Jeffers team up to create a colourful solution to a crayon-based crisis in this playful, imaginative story that will have children laughing and playing with their crayons in a whole new way. Hilarious and will have children and adults alike eagerly awaiting the first day of preschool.
by Anne Rockwell
Join Tim as he visits his future kindergarten classroom and learns what he will be doing during his first year of preschool. Explore the reading, math, and art centers. Sit at the desk where he will practice writing, counting, and telling time. The classroom may look a little too big at first, but after finding out about all the fun ahead, it doesn’t seem too big at all. In fact, it’s “just the right size for me!”. The story is enhanced by simple, bright, and uncluttered illustrations that look like a young child’s artwork -a perfect fit for the text. While there are many titles about starting preschool, this one is just right to share one-on-one with an apprehensive four or five-year-old.
by Alison McGhee
Ten days before kindergarten starts, a dark-haired girl wakes up in a panic. “I’ve heard from a first grader that they have a lot of rules there,” she confides, locking eyes with the audience. “You have to know how to tie your shoes. By yourself.” So what do you do when your shoes come untied – and you’re the only one in the class who doesn’t know how to tie them up again? In this witty children’s debut, novelist Alison McGhee combines a puckishly structured counting book with an amiable exploration of first day of preschool anxiety.
by Lucy Cousins
Preschool for Maisy means a day filled with friends and things to do, from the time she hangs her coat on a special peg to the time she says good-bye. There’s painting and snack time, stories and nap time (and a bathroom break in between). Soon everyone’s ready to haul out the instruments and make some noise, then head outside for a turn at the sandbox or slide. In a bright, full-size storybook full of familiar scenes, this child-friendly look at a day in the life of a preschooler is one that newcomers and seasoned pros alike will be happy to share.
by Joseph Slate
Miss Bindergarten vigorously prepares for the first day of kindergarten as her 26 prospective students (one for each letter of the alphabet) do the same. Adam Krupp wakes up, Brenda Heath brushes her teeth, and Christopher Beaker finds his sneaker. Miss Bindergarten puts the finishing touches on the room just in time, and the students arrive. This rhyming, brightly illustrated book is the perfect way to practice the alphabet and to introduce young children to kindergarten. Any child anxious about the first day of preschool should find great comfort in this book’s two parallel stories.