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

2.  Monsters Love School by Mike Austin

3.  First Day Jitters by Julie Danneburg and Judy Love

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

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

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

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

8.  Maisy Goes to Preschool by Lucy Cousins

9.  Mouse Goes to School by Kate Stone

10.  Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes

11.  Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney

12.  Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson

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

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

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

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

17.  Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

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

19.  David Goes to School by David Shannon

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

21.  Too Much Glue by  Jason Lefebvre and  Zac Retz 

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