6 Books to Read with Your Student Before the First Day of School

Brighton children's librarians share their picks for preparing students for their first day of school.

With the first day of school less than a month away, parents are focused on trying to prepare their little ones as much as possible for the big day.

From school bus rides to recess, new teachers to lunch time, it will be a day filled with many new experiences. Helping your child understand what to expect may help with some of those first-day jitters.

You can't learn everything from a book, but the suggests a pretty impressive list of books that will, at the very least, help answer some of your student's questions.

Here is the recommended reading list by the librarians at Brighton District Library:

Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin

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.

This School Year Will Be the Best! by Kay Winters

On the first day of school, new classmates are asked to share what they would most like to happen in the upcoming year. Some kids' hopes are familiar while others are off-the-wall. Whether it's looking good on picture day or skateboarding at school, everyone's wishes are shown in humorously exaggerated illustrations. As the first day draws to a close, there can be no doubt?this school year will definitely be the best!

Dinosaur Starts School by Deborah Allwright

A young dinosaur is scared of starting school, but step by step he finds it is fun.

Brand-new Pencils, Brand-new Books by Diane deGroat

It's the first day of first grade! Gilbert is looking forward to learning how to read and making new friends, but . . .Will the teacher be nice? Will first grade be too hard? Will he like his classmates? Will they like him? Gilbert is excited and nervous at the same time!

Little Rabbit Goes to School by Harry Horse

It's Little Rabbit's first day at school. He decides his favourite toy, Charlie Horse, wants to start school too, so they set off together. But Charlie Horse proceeds to create mischief all day.

Hands as Warm as Toast by Lisa Himle

Libby is just plain scared to start kindergarten! Even though Mom tries to reassure her, she is wiping away tears as they walk down the long hall to her classroom. Before Libby can make a dash for home, Miss Darling enlists Libby's help to warm up her cold hands. Libby hangs on tightly but she notices that Miss Darling's hands get warmer quicker as her kindergarten year progresses. This story about those scary first days at school reminds us how good it feels to find a warm hand to hold when we take a big step on our own.


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