Picture Books
Anholt, Laurence     
Billy and the big new school
Billy is nervous about starting school, but as he cares for a sparrow that eventually learns to fly on its own, he realizes that he too can look after himself.


Blake, Stephanie     
I don't want to go to school
Simon the rabbit does not want to go to his first day of school, but by the time his mother comes to take him home, he is having such a good time that he does not want to leave.


Carlson, Nancy L     
First grade, here I come!
Henry tells his mother that he did not like his first day of first grade, but as he describes what he did and learned, he begins to realize that he might enjoy it after all.


Carlson, Nancy L     
Look out kindergarten, here I come!
Even though Henry is looking forward to going to kindergarten, he is not sure about staying once he first gets there.


Cohen, Miriam     
Will I have a friend?
Jim's anxieties on his first day of school are happily forgotten when he makes a new friend.


Danneberg, Julie     
First day jitters
Sarah is afraid to start at a new school, but both she and the reader are in for a surprise when she gets to her class.


Davis, Katie     
Kindergarten rocks!
Dexter knows everything there is to know about kindergarten and is not at all scared about his first day there, but his stuffed dog, Buster, is very nervous.


De, Groat Diane     
Brand-new pencils, brand-new books
Gilbert's excitement over starting first grade turns to worry that the teacher will be mean, the work too hard, and his classmates too unfriendly, but throughout the day there are pleasant surprises.


Edwards, Pamela Duncan     
Dinosaur starts school
Dinosaur worries about the first day of school, but with the help of a reassuring classmate he finds that school can be fun.


Falwell, Cathryn     
David's drawings
A shy African American boy arriving at a new school makes friends with his classmates by drawing a picture of a tree.


Greenfield, Eloise     
Me & Neesie
Janell's best friend is her invisible playmate Neesie, but things begin to change when Janell starts school.


Grindley, Sally     
It's my school
Tom is not happy that his younger sister, Alice, is starting kindergarten at his school.


Hale, Nathan     
Yellowbelly and Plum go to school
On his first day of school, Yellowbelly brings along his best friend Plum, a stuffed bear, but when Plum goes missing, Yellowbelly discovers that they both have made a lot of new friends.


Harper, Jamie     
Miss Mingo and the first day of school
Miss Mingo helps all of the animal students in her class overcome their shyness on the first day of school by encouraging them to share something special about themselves. Includes facts about animals.


Hays, Anna Jane     
Kindergarten countdown
Rhyming text follows an excited little girl as she counts down the days before the start of kindergarten.


Henkes, Kevin     
Wemberly worried
A mouse named Wemberly, who worries about everything, finds that she has a whole list of things to worry about when she faces the first day of nursery school.


Johnston, Tony     
Off to kindergarten
A young boy lists all the things he will have to take with him on his first day in kindergarten.


Johnston, Tony     
Sparky and Eddie : the first day of school
Even though they are not in the same class, two young friends are glad that they decided to give school a try.


Lillegard, Dee     
Hello school! : a classroom of poems
Poems celebrate the joys of the classroom, focusing on common objects from glue and scissors to the teacher's desk.


London, Jonathan     
Froggy goes to school
Froggy is nervous about his first day of school, but, even though it's hard to sit still, he has a wonderful time.


McGinty, Alice B     
Eliza's kindergarten surprise
On her first day of school, Eliza fills her pocket with objects--buttons, a pebble, a napkin, and a piece of yarn--that remind her of her mother, whom she misses very much.


Middleton, Charlotte     
Enrico starts school
Enrico the cat starts school, but at first he doesn't know how to make friends.


Milord, Susan     
Happy school year!
Children gather for a first day of school celebration that calms their worries about the day. Includes note about the history of such celebrations, and a related website.


Mitchard, Jacquelyn     
Ready, set, school!
After Rory the raccoon conquers his fear of spending an entire night away from home, he is prepared to tackle the challenge of starting school just one week later, whether his parents are ready or not.


Montanari, Eva     
A very full morning
When Little Tooth goes to her first day of school, she learns that she is not the only rabbit who is anxious.


Murkoff, Heidi Eisenberg     
What to expect at preschool
Explains what happens during a typical day at preschool, and describes teachers, daily activities, and the classroom.


Neubecker, Robert     
Wow! School!
Izzy finds many things to be excited about on the first day of school.


Oh, Jiwon     
Mr. Monkey's classroom
On the first day of school, Mouse is upset when Cat spends time with her old friends.


Rubel, Nicole     
Ham and Pickles : first day of school
Pickles is nervous about her first day of school, but taking advice from her big brother Ham may not be a good idea.


Slate, Joseph     
Miss Bindergarten gets ready for kindergarten
Introduces the letters of the alphabet as Miss Bindergarten and her students get ready for kindergarten.


Stampler, Ann Redisch     
Go home, Mrs. Beekman!
Emily Beekman is so nervous about starting school that she makes her mother promise to stay with her forever, but after Emily makes friends and settles in, she and her teacher must convince Mrs. Beekman to break her promise and stay home.


Wright, Michael     
Jake starts school
No one can pry a frightened Jake away from his parents on the first day of school, and so the three must watch as his classmates have fun until, at the end of the day, his teacher finally gets him to let go.


Beginning Readers
Hapka, Cathy     
How not to start third grade
The first day of school becomes chaotic when third-grader Will's younger brother, Steve, arrives for kindergarten.


McNamara, Margaret     
The first day of school
After a summer of playing with his puppy, Michael is sad to learn that she cannot stay with him on the first day of school.


Silverman, Erica     
Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa : horse in the house
When Cocoa, a horse, decides to explore the house, Cowgirl Kate has a hard time convincing him he must return to the barn.


Wells, Rosemary     
Mama, don't go!
Yoko loves kindergarten, but she doesn't want her mother to leave--until her new friend helps her realize that "mothers always come back."


  August 2009