Books on: Starting School

Books to help children to understand what to expect when they start school. Some titles in this category address fears and uncertainties children may have as they approach this major milestone.

Starting School
Author: Janet Ahlberg
Illustrator: Allan Ahlberg
How this book may help: Providing a good overview of what happens at a typical primary school. A good starting point to encourage children to talk about anxieties and emotions they may be experiencing related to starting school.
The text is very straight-forward from the start, using lists (children's names, play-activities,... read more

Tags: school, friends, shyness, swimming

Where's My Peg?: My First Day at School
Author: Jen Green
Illustrator: Mike Gordon
How this book may help: May help a child who is about to start in reception class.
This book takes a chronological look at a little boy’s whole first day at school. The little boy... read more

Tags: school

Billy and the Big New School
Author: Catherine Anholt
Illustrator: Laurence Anholt
How this book may help: Allaying fears associated with starting school.
Billy is starting big school next day and is very nervous. He worries about all the things that... read more

Tags: school, growing up, bullying

The Gotcha Smile
Author: Rita Philips Mitchell
Illustrator: Alex Ayliffe
How this book may help: Acknowledging anxieties that some children may feel about making new friends and starting school. Provides positive suggestions for overcoming shyness.
It is Clarine's first day at her new school, she is keen to make lots of friends but things don't... read more

Tags: school, friends, confidence, shyness

Back to School Tortoise
Author: Lucy M. George
Illustrator: Merel Eyckerman
How this book may help: It shows how even though we all worry about situations, they usually turn out to be a lot more fun than we first thought.
After a lovely summer holiday Tortoise is going back to school, on his way he worries about... read more

Tags: anxiety, confidence, friends, school

Start School (Topsy and Tim)
Author: Jean and Gareth Adamson
Illustrator: Belinda Worsley
Publisher's summary: "Follow Topsy and Tim as they learn where to hang their coats, find out all about the classroom and..." read more

Tags: school

I am Too Absolutely Small for School (Charlie and Lola)
Author: Lauren Child
Illustrator: Lauren Child
Publisher's summary: "Although Lola agrees with her brother that it would be useful to learn how to write, read and..." read more

Tags: school

Manners in School
Author: Arianna Candell
Illustrator: Rosa M.Curto
How this book may help: By encouraging children to behave in a thoughtful, polite and caring manner at school.
Publisher's summary: "The 'Manners' series shows children how to resolve small difficulties they might face in their..." read more

Tags: behaviour, bullying, co-operation, compliance, diversity, friends, hygiene, politeness, prejudice, school, sharing

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