Have a child preparing for the first day of kindergarten? Or maybe you’re a teacher preparing to welcome a new fleet of kindergarteners!
Finding the right books to read that boost confidence and promote excitement are important factors to consider when preparing children for Kindergarten.
I hope that you’ll find a few books on this list that will make this monumental milestone even more special!
The King of Kindergarten By Derrick Barnes
A brilliant picture book that really shows young children what to expect on the first day of kindergarten. It’s rhyming text and colorful illustrations will appeal to young readers, as they learn about the importance of making friends, sharing, playing and learning during a typical day of school. Most important is the celebration of diversity on each page.
Planet Kindergarten by Sue Ganz-Schmitt
Put on your spacesuit for a daring adventure to a new galaxy: Planet Kindergarten! Discover a new world filled with aliens, zero gravity and a commander with an apple covered desk. This book is a genius way to help ease the kindergarten transition, especially children who love outer space adventure!
Pirate’s Don’t Go to Kindergarten by Lisa Robinson
Pirate Emma is about to dive into Kindergarten, but isn’t sure she’s so ready for this new adventure, so she decides to visit to her old preschool to see if she can stir up a bit of trouble against kindergarten. If your child loves pirates, this book is witty, funny, smart and fun to read.
Kindergarten, Here I Come by D.J. Steinberg
Through a series of short poems, this book celebrates all of the milestones children will expect to encounter in kindergarten such as making friends, recess and all of the new and exciting things they will learn.
On the First Day of Kindergarten by Tish Rabe
An engaging rendition of how amazing kindergarten is based the popular song “12 Days of Christmas”. The use of repetition and rhyme makes this book easy to read with children, as they can confidently repeat lines about all of the fun ready to be had in Kindergarten!
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate
It’s the first day of kindergarten and Miss. Bindergarten is preparing her classroom. Meanwhile, her students are getting ready for a fun-filled year of kindergarten. This book does an amazing job of preparing nervous children for kindergarten while also teaching the alphabet. Written with humor and gorgeous animal character illustrations make this a great book to mark the start of school.
It’s Your First Day of School Busy Bus by Jody Jensen Shaffer
A sweet book about the first day jitters that EVERYONE is feeling! Children will love this story about Busy Bus and his driver as they get ready for the first day of school. Just like the kids, Busy bus is worried and has so many questions about being late and what if the children don’t like him. Luckily, his driver Ben is there to help him overcome his first day of school jitters for a successful first day ride! Kids and parents will relate tot this sweet story, as they prepare for back to school.
Please share your 1st day of school kindergarten books in the comments-I’d love to hear your suggestions!
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