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I Don’t Want to Go to School: Helping Children Cope with Separation Anxiety, by Nancy Pando and Kathy Voerg (New Horizon Press, 2005, ages 4-8) Aside from having an adorable and engaging main character in Honey Maloo, a winsome bee who tries every trick in the book to keep off the school bus, this book is a winner because of how it enables kids to focus on their strengths to get them through what might otherwise be a challenging situation. It offers good aid for parents trying to make parting a little easier on their children—and on themselves. Where to buy

Will I Have a Friend?, by Miriam Cohen and Ronald Himler (Star Bright Books, 2009, ages 4-8) Finally, a book about separation/back-to-school anxiety that involves a father! While the story itself is essentially enduring (Jim shares his fears about not having a friend on the first day of school with his father), recently updated illustrations make it contemporary and easy for children to relate to. Where to buy

Separation anxiety is a common occurrence, but with these seven titles kids will be trading grimaces for grins in no time. In fact, parents with lumps in their throats as the school bus pulls away on that milestone first day might even want to give them a second read, too.

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