Top 10 Preschool Books for Back to School
The transition back to school from summer break or even embarking on their first day of preschool or kindergarten can be a tough time for children and parents alike. The top 10 preschool books for back to school choices below will help to easy some of the tensions families face come the first couple of days of school.
It’s the first day of school, and Curious George has been invited to Mr. Apple’s class to be a special helper! George is just the right monkey for the job—until he starts to wreak his usual havoc, that is. Red and yellow paint makes orange, yellow and blue makes green . . . and a mixture of all the paint colors makes a big mess!
Pete the Cat is back—and this time he’s rocking in his school shoes. Pete discovers the library, the lunchroom, the playground, and lots of other cool places at school. And no matter where he goes, Pete never stops moving and grooving and singing his song . . . because it’s all good.
#3. Splat the Cat: Back to School, Splat!
Good for beginning readers. 20 page book featuring a humorous story of Splat the Cat. Splat has a homework assignment on his first day back from summer vacation. He has a hard time with it, but once he thinks about it, he figures it out. And in the process, he discovers a lesson about valuing his sibling.
#4 David Goes To School
The book is geared towards first time school-goers who are
just learning the ropes of good behavior in a school setting. Make no mistake David is active. I think the message is clear: You will be scolded for bad behavior, praised for good. If your child is acting up in class, I think this book might be helpful in demonstrating what is and is not acceptable at school. David learns he is rewarded with praise for good behavior. I think this is a positive lesson!
Sarah Jane Hartwell is scared and doesn’t want to start over at a new school. She doesn’t know anybody, and nobody knows her. It will be awful. She just knows it. With much prodding from Mr. Hartwell, Sarah Jane reluctantly pulls herself together and goes to school. She is quickly befriended by Mrs. Burton, who helps smooth her jittery transition.
Little Critter is a bit nervous about starting school today. There’s a lot to be done before he can even get on the bus—he has to pick out his clothes, find his backpack, pack the perfect lunch, and say good-bye to Mom. Join Little Critter as he gets ready for this exciting day. Lift the flaps and find out what surprises are in store for Little Critter on his first day of school!
Little Critter is a bit nervous about starting school today. There’s a lot to be done before he can even get on the bus—he has to pick out his clothes, find his backpack, pack the perfect lunch, and say good-bye to Mom. Join Little Critter as he gets ready for this exciting day.
#8 The Night Before Preschool
It’s the night before preschool, and a little boy named Billy is so nervous he can’t fall asleep. The friends he makes the next day at school give him a reason not to sleep the next night, either: he’s too excited about going back! The book’s simple rhyming text and sweet illustrations will soothe any child’s fears about the first day of school.
It’s Llama Llama’s first day of preschool! And Llama Llama’s mama makes sure he’s ready. They meet the teachers. See the other children. Look at all the books and games. But then it’s time for Mama to leave. And suddenly Llama Llama isn’t so excited anymore. Will Mama Llama come back?
#10 The Kissing Hand
The Kissing Hand, used by millions of parents and children starting school or facing separation, is now brought to life in audio form. Excellent resources for parents and for teachers.
After reading the short intros to my top 10 preschool books for back to school you can see why early prep may help ease the transition and allow the children to own and sort through the feelings they may be having.