12 of the Best Books for Kids About Starting School

Emily Manning

Emily Manning

July 21, 2022

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Starting school or preschool is a big milestone for parents and children alike, often resulting in some anxiety and fears around what to expect. Sitting down for story time with one of these books about starting school is a great way to open conversation about those concerns, and also prepare your child for what their new school day will be like.

From play time to snack time, hanging up coats or making friends, these easily accessible and visual books are perfect for young children to understand. Similarly, the familiarity of characters your child already knows can make the story relatable, so favourites like Mr Men & Little Miss, Blue Kangaroo, or Topsy and Tim are bound to be enjoyed. There are also some great reassuring concepts to try, like those in The Kissing Hand, that will help to settle your child’s nerves as they embark on school life.

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Books About Starting School

Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr Seuss

Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

For more than 30 years, Oh the Places You’ll Go, a Dr. Seuss classic, has carried us through life’s ups and downs – from fun times and triumphs, to lurches and slumps! Take an entertaining look at the adventures life has in store for all of us in this very beloved classic.

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

books about starting school

School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester’s fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called the Kissing Hand to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary.

Since its first publication in 1993, the heartwarming tale of The Kissing Hand has become a children’s classic that has touched the lives of millions of children and their parents, especially at times of separation, whether starting school, entering daycare, or going to camp.

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Little Owl’s First Day by Debi Gliori

It’s a big day for Little Owl. His first day at school. Little Owl doesn’t want a big day though. He’d rather stay at home and have fun with Mummy and Baby Owl. But at school he gets to build a rocket, learn to fly and even make a tiny new friend. Maybe big days spent with friends can be lots of fun after all!

From the bestselling creators of Little Owl’s Egg comes another gentle and comforting story about lovable Little Owl’s First Day. Perfect for any little one starting nursery or school.

The Colour Monster Goes to School by Anna Llenas

Anna Llenas’s popular Colour Monster is back in The Colour Monster Goes to School, and this time he’s heading off to school! But what exactly is school? A spooky castle filled with terrifying animals? A place in the sky, amongst the rainbows and clouds?

From music lessons to lunchtime to making new friends, the Colour Monster’s first day of school is filled with exciting new adventures.

Starting School by Allan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg

Books about starting school

If you can’t wait to start school, or are feeling a little nervous, this is the perfect book for you. Full of humour and fun, Starting School is a reassuring read that will help children and parents get ready for the first day of school, and find out what to expect from the rest of their first term.

First Day at Bug School by Sam Lloyd

At the bottom of the garden
where no one really sees,
a secret school is hidden
amongst the grass and weeds.

Welcome to Bug School! Don’t be nervous on your first day – it’s lots of fun. Learn creeping with the spiders, singing with the crickets, count spots with the ladybirds and hop, skip and jump in P.E. with the fleas!

First Day at Bug School is a rhythmic, bright celebration of school, starring some very cute bugs indeed! Sure to allay first-day-at-school fears.

Come to School Too, Blue Kangaroo by Emma Chichester Clark

books about starting school

Lily and Blue Kangaroo – a friendship forever! The eighth title in this hugely popular series featuring Lily and her loveable soft toy sees the inseparable duo starting at a new school with surprising results.

When Lily starts at a new school she asks Blue Kangaroo to come too. Lily thinks Blue Kangaroo is worried about going but, secretly, he can’t wait to explore and try new things – which is just as well, because the fun lasts even longer than he expected…

Come to School Too, Blue Kangaroo is a reassuring story for children starting school.

Mr Men & Little Miss Go to School by Roger Hargreaves

In Mr Men & Little Miss Go to School, Little Miss Tiny is going to school and some of the other Mr Men and Little Miss with a few things to learn are joining her!

How will Mr Muddle get on with maths and will Mr Messy create a work of art in painting?

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Topsy and Tim Start School by Jean and Gareth Adamson

books about starting school

Topsy and Tim Start School is a perfect, reassuring picture book for children who are just about to start school. Along with favourite characters Topsy and Tim, children will learn what to expect in lessons, in the playground – even in the canteen – and, more importantly, that school can be fun!

Mouse’s Big Day by Lydia Monks

Mouse’s Big Day is a warm and funny story about friendship, that’s perfect for any child who is starting school or nursery.

It’s Mouse’s first day at school and she’s feeling a little nervous…in fact, she doesn’t want to go at all. Luckily, there’s a class full of new friends waiting for her and lots of fun to be had at Twit Twoo School. Can Mouse find the confidence to join in with her classmates and learn just how brilliant school can be?

Join Mouse, Frog, Rabbit, Mole, Owl and their teacher, Miss Hoot, at their fun-filled treetop school. With a cast of adorable animal characters and bright, bold, distinctive illustrations from the award-winning Lydia Monks, illustrator of the bestselling What the Ladybird Heard series, the Twit Twoo School series is sure to delight young children.

I Am Absolutely Too Small for School by Lauren Child

books about starting school

A classic Charlie and Lola picture book about starting school worries, from Children’s Laureate Lauren Child.

Charlie’s little sister Lola is nearly big enough to go to school. But Lola is not so sure…

Lola says, “I am absolutely not BIG. I am still really quite small. I probably do not have time to go to school. I am too extremely busy doing important things at home.”

I Am Absolutely Too Small for School is a classic first-day-at-school tale addresses children’s fears with warmth, humour, and a lot of fun.

Usborne Starting School Sticker Book

This Usborne Starting School Sticker Book is a fun way to familiarise young children with all the things they will need to know and be able to do when they start school.

Following a typical day at school, children will enjoy using the stickers to help the characters in the book get dressed, pack bags, hang up coats, change for PE, and participate in art class, lunchtime, playtime, story time and home time. With over 100 stickers, this is sure to keep little children occupied for hours.

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Published On: July 21st, 2022 / Categories: Entertainment, School / Last Updated: September 12th, 2023 / Tags: , , , /

About the Author: Emily Manning

Emily Manning
Emily is the coffee-loving Editor of MyKidsTime. Mum of one daughter and two naughty Tibetan Terriers, she is particularly partial to Curly Wurlys and unable to resist pretty stationery and new cookbooks. As an avid foodie and domestic goddess-wannabe, she is most likely to be found in the kitchen.

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