Sending a child off to school can be a very tough time; not only for a kid, but for a parent as well. Whether it is daycare, preschool, or kindergarten, it’s a big step and with it comes a flood of emotions, questions, hesitation, and sometimes even fear. It may be challenging to navigate this sea of uncertainty, especially at a time when what you want above all else is for your child to be well prepared and feeling happy.

Knowing that this transition can sometimes be a difficult one, the library has you covered with a wide array of book options to help  both you and your child feel a little more ready for the first day of school. For a one-stop list of recommendations, try our Ready For School reading list. With both old and new favorites compiled by our youth services librarians, this list is sure to have something to help calm those first-day-of-school nerves, and help you celebrate this tremendous milestone.

Still not quite ready? Try one of these newer titles to read aloud with your child in preparation for the big day:

Kindergarten Is Cool by Linda Elovitz Marshall ; illustrated by Chris Chatterton

This fun rhyming story takes the reader through all the things a child will experience on the first day of kindergarten.

Planet Kindergarten by Sue Ganz-Schmitt ; illustrated by Shane Prigmore

Kindergarten is a completely different planet, or at least it seems that way to a young child imagining starting school.

The class by Boni Ashburn ; illustrated by Kimberly Gee

A group of new kindergartners exhibit different emotions and excitement levels as they prepare for their first day.



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