Five Books to Help Prepare Kids for Back to School

Posted on: August 31st, 2013 by

Back to school is fast approaching.


It can be an exciting and nerve wrecking time for kids and parents. To help ease the nerves and make for a smoother transition we’ve rounded up five books to help prepare kids for back to school.


Five Books to Help Prepare Kids for Back to School


Pete the Cat Rocking In My School Shoes

By Eric Litwin

Books for back to school

At my house we are big fans of Pete the Cat and his new shoes. Pete and his school shoes go to their first day and encounter many new things that might make kids anxious such as sitting in the lunchroom or riding on the school bus. Pete meets each new experience with the same care free attitude, “Does Pete worry? Goodness no”. This book has a great sing-song tone to it and even comes with a free download of Pete’s song, “It’s all good.”


Maisy Goes to School

By Lucy Cousins

Maisy goes to school back to school books

This lift the flap and pull the tab book is perfect for preschoolers. It takes you through Maisy’s day at school and all the fun things she does while in school such as painting, doing math, and playing dress up. Little hands will enjoy exploring all the flaps and moms will love that this book focuses only on the fun parts of school.


Marley Goes to School

By John Gogan

Back to school books

Marley is excited that Cassie is going to school and he doesn’t want to miss out on the fun, so he digs his way out of the yard and follows Cassie to school. At school Marley manages to cause all kinds of mischief. Kids ages 3-8 will be amused by Marley’s antics. Kids that have been to school before will be able to relate to all of Marley’ s silly situations.


Llama Llama Misses Mama

By Anna Dewdney

Books for Back to School

I’m a big fan of the Llama Llama books because they handle kids fears in such a realistic way. This book takes you through all the anxieties of a first day such as Baby Llama not wanting to play cause he misses mama.  As I read this to my son I was pleasantly surprised by how much this book mirrored my experience with him starting school. I love how the teacher reassures Baby Llama that Mama Llam will come back. This book is perfect for preschoolers and toddlers.


The Berenstain Bears Go Back to School

By Stand and Jan Berenstain with Mike Berenstain

Books for back to school

Growing up I loved the Berenstain Bear books and I still tend to gravitate towards them when picking out books for my son. One of my favorite things about these books is how Sister and Brother Bear are always tackling real life situations.  In this book Brother and Sister Bear head off for their first day of school and encounter new teachers, playground bullies, and new challenges. My favorite part of the story is at the end when they go to bed and dream of all the things that school has inspired them to want to do.  A great book for kids of all ages.


Do you have a Back to School book we should add to our list?


To learn about other great books check out a Story Time at your local library. We list Story Times in New Jersey on our Calendar of Events.

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Julia is a mom to one toddler, Jackson. She holds a literature degree from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. A Jersey Girl who's life is more Mickey Mouse Clubhouse than Jersey Shore. When not chasing a toddler she enjoys reading, writing, cooking, soap operas and planning her family's next adventure.

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