Books for school starters

Starting school: exciting for some, terrifying for others. We've rounded up some lovely books to help prepare children (and parents!) for their first term.  

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For the slightly nervous...

Chu's First Day at School by Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex

Chu is not sure what he's best at or how he'll fit in with his classmates - but everyone has a talent, and very soon Chu will discover his. A lovely story to read aloud with a funny little ending that will help dispel first day nerves.

Ruby's School Walk

Ruby's School Walk by Kathryn White

Kathryn White captures that "yucky nervous feeling in your tummy" perfectly in this story about Ruby's walk to school. Colourful illustrations and Ruby's special map make this an inviting read, great for apprehensive school starters.

For the very curious...

Starting School

Starting School by The Ahlbergs

''It is a little bit old fashioned (in a charming way)," says one Mumsnetter, "but it still has lots of things in it that are really relevant to a reception class - a home corner, trays for their work, coat pegs... even the loos get a mention! It's a really lovely little book.''

Come to School Blue Kangaroo

Come to School Too, Blue Kangaroo! by Emma Chichester Clark

The Blue Kangaroo books are a firm favourite among Mumsnetters, and this one is no exception. Sensitive and reassuring, Lily and Blue Kangaroo demonstrate just how much fun there is to be had in the classroom - perfect for those who are having a bit of a wibble.  

For the downright stubborn...

I am absolutely too small to go to school

I Am Absolutely Too Small for School by Lauren Child 

Big brother Charlie reassures Lola when she claims her invisible friend is too nervous to go to school. "10 out of 10 - my four-year-old daughter loves this book. It was the perfect preparation for reception as it covers many of the normal fears about starting school. A huge hit!"

Whiffy Wilson

Whiffy Wilson: The Wolf Who Wouldn't Go to School by Caryl Hart and Leoni Lord

Whiffy Wilson thinks school is boring - he'd rather sit at home and watch TV all day. Will he be persuaded to give it try? A delightful rhyming story filled with charming characters, sure to be enjoyed time and time again. 

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