Books for the Beginning of the School Year


Here is a great list of books for the beginning of the school year. These titles, suggested by preschool teachers, will help you overcome first-day anxiety, establish a classroom routine, and build a classroom community. Perfect for the first day or first week of school in preschool, pre-k, or kindergarten.

21 books for the beginning of the year.

At the beginning of the school year, many kids are nervous about starting school.  It takes a bit of time for kids to adjust to the routine of the classroom.  It also takes some time to establish a classroom community.  Here are a bunch of books, suggested by early childhood educators, that will help you and your kids start the year off right.

In addition to these books, be sure to check out the ideas for class books….which are also great for the beginning of the year.

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1.The Night Before Preschool  by Natasha Wing and Amy Wummer &   The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing and Julie Durrell

The Night Before Preschool

2.  Monsters Love School by Mike Austin

Monsters Love School

3.  First Day Jitters by Julie Danneburg and Judy Love

First Day Jitters

4.  Pete the Cat: Rockin in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin and James Dean

Pete the Cat.

5.  Froggy Goes to School by Jonathan London and Frank Remkiewicz

Froggy Goes to School

6. How Does a Dinosaur Go to School? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

How do Dinosaurs go to school

7.  The Pout Pout Fish Goes to School by  Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna

The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School.

8.  Maisy Goes to Preschool by Lucy Cousins

Maisy Goes to Preschool.

9.  Mouse Goes to School by Kate Stone

Mouse Goes to School.

10.  Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes

Wemberly Worried.

11.  Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney

Llama llama Misses Mama

12.  Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson

Owl Babies

13.  Spaghetti on a Hot Dog Bun by Maria Dismondy and Kathy Hiatt

Spaghetti in a hot dog bun.

14.  The Crayon Box That Talked by Shane Derolf , Michael Letzig

The Crayon Box that Talked.

15.  Recess Queen by Laura Huliska-Beith and Alexis O’neill

Recess Queen

16.  Mine-o-saur by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

The Mine-O-Saur

17.  Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes


18.  Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud and David Messing

Have you Filled a Bucket Today?

19.  David Goes to School by David Shannon

David Goes to School

20. Howard B Wigglebottom Learns to Listen by Howard Binkow and Susan F. Cornelison

Howard B Wigglebottom Learns to Listen

21.  Too Much Glue by  Jason Lefebvre and  Zac Retz 

Too Much Glue

Do you have a favorite book for the beginning of the school year?  I would love to hear about it.

21 books for the beginning of the year