Best books about starting school
Starting school can be exciting for some children, but terrifying for others. We've rounded up some lovely books to help prepare kids (and their parents!) for the first term
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 Janet and Allan Ahlberg
“I'd really recommend Janet and Allan Ahlberg's book Starting School – it has the loveliest detailed little pictures and is very informative for young children about lots of different aspects of school life.” This book is by far Mumsnetters' favourite book about beginning school.
Come to School Too, Blue Kangaroo! by Emma Chichester Clark
The Blue Kangaroo books are much-loved among Mumsnetters, and this one is no exception. Sensitive and reassuring, its characters Lily and Blue Kangaroo demonstrate just how much fun there is to be had in the classroom.
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 covered 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 a try? A delightful rhyming story filled with charming characters, sure to be enjoyed time and time again.
Going to School Sticker Book
Usborne's book offers a positive, fun, and interactive way to prepare your child for school. Perfect for kids who want to get involved, and for parents who want to brush away any nerves with a bit of easy distraction.
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