10 Kids Books To Read to Your Child to Prepare Them For Starting School

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Starting school is a major milestone for both you and your child! If you’ve got a little one starting Kindergarten soon, here’s a selection of books to help with the transition to “Big School”.

Maddie’s First Day

It is Maddie’s first day of school and she has everything ready – her uniform, shoes, socks and hat. But there is one special thing that Maddie can’t leave behind – her blanky! Award winners Penny Matthews and local Newcastle illustrator Liz Anelli team up to bring us this wonderful picture book about the excitement of going to “big” school for the first time. RRP $26.99

The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!

Mo Willems’ Pigeon is back in a hilarious story perfect for those about to start school or nursery. The Pigeon is about to get SCHOOLED. Do YOU think he should go? Why does the Pigeon have to go to school? He already knows everything! Well … almost everything. Fantastic funny book to introduce the concept of starting school in a funny way. RRP $16.99

Spot Goes to School

If your child is a fan of Spot, Spot Goes to School by Eric Hill is a must-read.
Spot’s first day at school turns out to be an exciting adventure as he and his friends go to school. This book is the ideal tool for parents preparing themselves and their children for the concept of school, and all the fun that can be had there. Young children entering kindy can learn along with everyone’s favourite puppy, Spot, and his friends. RRP $16.99

Ozzie Goes to School

Here’s a book for kids by Jocelyn Crabb and Danny Snell that’s set in the Top End of Australia. It’s a book that will resonate with and reassure many young children going to school for the first time. Ozzie lives with his dad in a shipping container by the sea in the Top End of Australia. Ozzie isn’t afraid of much, not snakes or even crocodiles. But there is something Ozzie is afraid of … RRP $24.99

My First Day at School

My First Day at School by Meredith Costain & Michelle Mackintosh is designed to help reassure and prepare school-age children for that magical first day in an unfamiliar environment. It follows the experiences and emotions of four very different children from their first teary farewells to their parents through to the joy of making new friends and the discovery that school can be an exciting and enjoyable place, however challenging. RRP $25.95

My First Day of School

Children’s books don’t have to just feature human children going to small. How about animals? Whether big or small, feathered or furry, the first day of school can be a lot of fun! Beautifully illustrated with delightful animals, My First Day at School by Rosie Smith and Bruce Whatley captures the fun of learning and making new friends at school. RRP $14.99

First Day

Tick off the checklist on your child’s first day of school in this book by Andrew Daddo & Jonathan Bentley. Are you ready? Let’s have a yummy breakfast first. (Whatever you want. Porridge? Fruit salad?) Then it’s time to get dressed. It’ll be fun. You’ll meet new friends. New BFFs! You might have to be a bit brave… It’s the first day at school. But who is the most nervous about the big day? RRP $24.99

Starting School

Starting School is easy and fun with Janet and Allan Ahlberg’s picture-book classics. From first-day nerves to finding your peg, this helpful and reassuring read is full of humour for children and parents alike. RRP $14.99

Wombat Goes to School

She sleeps. She eats. She scratches – and finds a hole. In this book by Jackie French & Bruce Whatley, Mothball discovers a new hole, it unexpectedly leads her to the local school. The children learn that wombats love carrots and grass, while Mothball learns that lunch boxes contain very few carrots, that sports sheds can be a good place to have a nap, and that when you’re brown and round, it’s not a good idea to get too close to a ball… RRP $24.99

Starting School by Jane Godwin & Anna Walker

Tim, Hannah, Sunita, Joe and Polly are all off to school for the first time. Would you like to meet them and see how they go? There are new friends to make, fun ways to learn, and lots of different things to discover. From Jane Godwin and Anna Walker comes this beautiful book focusing on the experiences and feelings of five very different children as they begin at school for the first time. Jane Godwin’s simple words and ideas combine with Anna Walker’s gentle and detailed illustrations to help children feel comfortable about taking this big step. RRP $24.99

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