Books for school starters
Starting school: exciting for some, terrifying for others. We've rounded up a list of trusty books to prepare children, (and parents) for their first term.
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 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.
Starting School by The Ahlbergs
One Mumsnetter describes: ''It is a little bit old fashioned (in a charming way) 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 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, both Lily and Blue Kangaroo demonstrate just how much fun there is to be had in the classroom. But be warned, after reading this book your DC are likely to want a blue kangaroo of their own.
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. He convinces her that it's useful to learn to count beyond ten - even though she can only eat ten cookies at a time.
"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: 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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