8 books to help ease back-to-school jitters

Back-to-school time is filled with both excitement and uncertainty for kids (and, let’s face it, for parents, too). Sometimes the best way to work through all of the emotions is by reading a story kids can relate to. Our book picks will help give kids the confidence they need to make this school year the best one yet.

This School Year Will Be The BEST! By Kay Winters

Classmates share their hopes for the new year in this sweet and funny first day story. Some of their wishes are silly (a day to skateboard at school), while others are pretty universal (wanting to take a good photo on picture day). This book is a great launching pad for discussion with your own child about their expectations for the upcoming year.

Curious George’s First Day of School by H.A. Rey

Everyone’s favorite mischievous monkey gets into his usual shenanigans after being asked to act as a special classroom helper. Of course, George still ends up saving the day in the end. This one is brief, making it a quick and easy read for squirmy toddlers.

It’s Back To School We Go! : First Day Stories From Around The World by Ellen Jackson

Eleven children from across the globe share their first day of school experiences. This story demonstrates that despite the cultural differences between them, kids everywhere share the same fears about starting a new year. The book is also a great way for kids to get a lesson in geography, as it features tales from Kenya, Australia, Canada, Peru and more.

Kindergarten, Here I Come! By D.J. Steinberg

This is a perfect story for the rising kindergarteners in your family. The book is made up of poems about new routines and scenarios kids may encounter during the first year of elementary school — from recess to lunchtime and everything in between.

The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School by Deborah Diesen

Preschool can be overwhelming for little ones who have never been in a classroom environment before. Many children will relate to the plight of Pout-Pout Fish and his fears about not knowing his shapes, how to write his name or how to complete math problems on his first day of preschool.

Go to School, Little Monster by Helen Ketteman

Who says monster stories have to be scary? Follow along with Little Monster on his very first day of school. As it turns out, monsters have a lot of the same worries as human kids and even forget to bring their lunch sometimes.

My Mouth Is a Volcano! By Julia Cook

Written by a counselor and parenting expert, this book features a main character that often speaks out of turn. The story teaches children helpful techniques for controlling their thoughts so they can avoid interrupting others while at school.

Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun by Maria Dismondy

Being “different” can be a struggle for children and often leads to teasing. In this story, the main character, Lucy, is made fun of by a classmate, but the tables turn when the mean classmate is the one who ends up needing help. This story teaches kids that it’s important to always treat others how you would like to be treated — a good reminder for the beginning of the school year and beyond.

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