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melanie32
melanie32 , Parent asks:
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Does anybody know any good books to read for kindergarteners about the first day of school?

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lkauffman
Mar 9, 2009
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Hi Melanie,

How wonderful that you are getting a head-start on preparing your child for kindergarten! There are a number of excellent books on preparing for kindergarten. I pulled these from an article on this site (first resource listed below):

Annabelle Swift, Kindergartner by Amy Schwartz.
Despite initial problems, Annabelle turns her first day of kindergarten into a success.

Countdown to Kindergarten by Alison McGhee.
A little girl is nervous about her first day of school because she can't tie her shoes.

I Am Too Absolutely Small for School by Lauren Child.
This humorous book shows how Lola's older brother allays her fears about starting school.

The Kissing Hand by AudreyPenn.
Chester's mom helps him overcome his kindergarten anxiety by showing him a special way to carry her love with him.

Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! by Nancy Carlson.
Henry can't wait for kindergarten but when he gets to school, he's not so sure he's ready after all.

Miss Kindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate.
This book shows how different animal characters get ready for kindergarten.

My Kindergarten by Rosemary Wells.
Bunny heroine Emily goes through her first hundred days of kindergarten. Includes lessons on letters, numbers and science.

We also have a number of articles on general kindergarten preparedness. I have included a link to those below, as well.

Good luck!

L. Compian, Ph.D.
Counseling Psychologist
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rkaiulani
rkaiulani writes:
Hi Melanie,
This link will take you to an article on just this topic called "Get Set for Kindergarten With These Books!" Some highlights include Lunch Bunnies, Wemberly Worried, and Who Will Be My Friends? Hope this helps!

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ilovechefwilliam
ilovechefwi... , Teacher, Caregiver writes:
There have already been so many great books listed, but my Absolute favorite is First Day Jitters by by Julie Danneberg, Judith Dufour Love
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socialworker
socialworker writes:
I would like to add to the wonderful list above "Harry the Happy Caterpillar Grows: Helping Children Adjust to Change".While not specifically about kindergarten, it addresses how to deal with big life changes in a positive way. The story centers on Harry,a caterpillar that has a fantastic life full of games, friends, school and leaf eating. He is stunned when, one day at caterpillar school, he learns that he is expected to  build a chrysalis and become a butterfly. Harry vows to remain a caterpillar forever, as his friends build their chrysalises and move on.  Eventually, Harry  learns to accept change as a necessary part of life, and  joins his friends as a butterfly. There are tips in the back of the book to help parents and educators use the story as a vehicle to help kids talk about their feelings about change, and teach them coping strategies to manage their anxiety.
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