A great way for parents to prepare their children for a new experience is to read books about the topic at hand. A story read aloud provides children with a setting, characters, and activities that they can relate to. Books also act as a springboard for questions both raised by the children and facilitated by the readers. Reading a book aloud, as well as discussing and answering questions, can help alleviate anxiety about a new situation.
There are many wonderful back-to-school books available for your child’s reading pleasure. Read on for a list of highly recommended books from The International Preschools to help kick off the school year!
General Books About Preschool:
- Maisy Goes to Preschool by Lucy Cousins
- Brown Bear Starts School by Sue Tarsky
- You’re Finally Here! by Melanie Watt
- Splat the Cat: Back to School, Splat! by Rob Scotton
- David Goes To School by David Shannon
- Preschool, Here I Come! by DJ Steinberg
- Froggy Goes to School by Jonathan London
Books About Kindness, Diversity, and/or Friendship:
- Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry
- Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
- All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman
Books About Separation Anxiety/First Day Jitters:
- Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney
- Will I Have a Friend? by Miriam Cohen
- The Pigeon HAS To Go To School by Mo Willems
- School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex and Christian Robinson
- We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins
To purchase any of the above books while supporting IPS at the same time, click here.
Interested in joining the IPS community? Take a peek into our classrooms by clicking here.