I love picture books! They are an engaging way for kids to connect their world to the world around them. It makes it easier for them to adapt to new situations when they know others have felt the same way that they do. I hope you find this list to be helpful in your planning of your first week of Kindergarten!
Here are some tried and true books that I have found to be amazing in my classroom. I personally love having my own collection. If you’re interested in picking one of these up I am including my affiliate links to Amazon simply for your convenience to check them out. No pressure!
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First Day Jitters
By: Julie Danneberg
Sarah does not want to go to school. She is nervous about it and has many struggles the first day of school!
The Kissing Hand
By: Audrey Penn
It is hard to do new things. Doing it when you know someone loves you makes it much easier to do!
Countdown to Kindergarten
By: Alison McGhee
This book explores fun topics of what we can and cannot do in Kindergarten. It helps reassure kids to know what to expect so that it isn’t all new and scary for them.
Tiptoe Into Kindergarten
By: Jacqueline Rogers
The adventure of a shy little girl who explores her classroom carefully by tiptoeing around her class as she learns what happens in a Kindergarten class. It is a quick easy read for students with a short attention span!
How Do Dinosaurs Go To School
By: Jane Yolen & Mark Teague
Dinosaurs are not delicate and they don’t always have their manners! Learn along with this dinosaur about how we go to school and what we do!
The Twelve Days of Kindergarten
By: Deborah Lee Rose
This book can be read or even sung by an adventurous educator! It is identical in tune to the 12 Days of Christmas and introduces counting and life in kindergarten in a fun way!
Froggy Goes to School
By: Jonathan London
Froggy anxiously awaits his first day of school and has a silly adventure throughout his day making his first day of school memorable.
A Bad Case of the Stripes
By: David Shannon
Whatever will Camilla Cream do? She is so worried about what others think! This is a great targeted at anxious students.
If you Take a Mouse to School
By: Laura Numeroff
Be very careful if you ever want to bring a mouse to school! They are full of mischief!
The Way to School
By: Rosemary McCarney with Plan International
I love this book for teaching about inclusion and about our global community. Everyone comes to school in a different way. Knowing how others do it in other places around the world helps make our journey to school a little bit easier!