Reading Round-Up: First Day of Kindergarten Books

August 7, 2013 in Teaching by Anna

First Day of Kindergarten

The first day of kindergarten can be a nerve-racking experience for children and parents…and teachers. This list of first day of kindergarten books might ease everyone into the new school year. Parents are rushing around trying to get everything ready. Teachers are preparing classrooms and lessons, or fitting in a few more days of relaxation before the madness begins. Many of them are also running around prepping for their own children to start school. It’s interesting how the end of summer seems to begin a cycle of rejuvenated life…school!

Out of the three grade levels that I taught full-time, (K, 1st, and 3rd), Kindergarten was my favorite. It was hard, but it was wonderful…for several different reasons, which I don’t have time for today, because…I want to share a list of ten first day of kindergarten books!

You may also like my list of First Day of School Books over on Mom Endeavors and my list of First Day of Preschool Books.

First Day of Kindergarten Books

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate and Illustrated by Ashley Wolfe

Jumping back and forth between the students and their teacher, readers progress through the alphabet as this class and their teacher get ready for the first day of kindergarten. Will they be ready in time?

Look Out, Kindergarten, Here I Come! by Nancy Carlson

Henry is so excited for his first day of kindergarten that his mother has to remind him of everything to do before he can actually go to school. On the way there, they talk about everything Henry will do with his class, but once he sees all the new faces, he wants to go home! Will his teacher and mother convince him to stay?

Pooh’s First Day of School by Kathleen W. Zoehfeld and Illustrated by Robbin Cuddy

When Winnie the Pooh and his friends begin to worry about heading off to school with Christopher Robbin, he decides to create a school just for them. Readers can learn all about what school has to offer along with Pooh and the rest of the gang!

Harry and Tuck by Holly Keller

Twin boys are best friends and partners in crime. They go everywhere together and don’t know any different. But when the first day of kindergarten arrives, they find out they’ve been assigned to different classes! Will they function with an identity that is all their own?

Molly Rides the School Bus, Written and Illustrated by Julie Brillhart

Many children face the fear of how they get to school before having to face the fear of school itself. On Molly’s first day of kindergarten, she also has to ride the school bus for the very first time. Will she know what to do and where to sit? Will anyone help her if things get rough? (This book also included ten tips for riding the school bus and a labeled picture of the bus driver’s area.)

Annabelle Swift, Kindergartener, Story and Pictures by Amy Schwartz

Annabelle is her older sister’s student when they’re at home. Lucy tries to teach Annabelle everything she’ll need to know for her first day of kindergarten. When the big day arrives, Annabelle does things just as she was taught, but it all goes wrong! Will Annabelle be able to redeem herself without her big sister’s help and find her place in the new world of kindergarten?

Little Bear Goes to Kindergarten by Jutta Langreuter and Vera Sobat

Little Bear is heading to his first day of kindergarten and remembers everything he’s been told about it. He likes his classroom, his teacher, and the activities, but he sure doesn’t like having to say goodbye to Mama. Will she ever be able to slip out the door to let him enjoy the day without her in the shadows?

Tom Goes to Kindergarten by Margaret Wild and Illustrated by David Legge

Tom is so excited about going to kindergarten! That is, until his parents start to say goodbye. Tom’s parents decide to spend the day with him, doing all of the things he asks them to do at home. (They are always too busy to comply.) The second day of kindergarten, Tom’s whole family is excited about going to school. But his parents are asked to leave the classroom. Will they survive a normal grown-up day?

Countdown to Kindergarten by Alison McGhee, Pictures by Harry Bliss

An almost-kindergartener shares her troubles during the last ten days before her first day of kindergarten. The biggest trouble is learning how to tie her shoes. She’s under the impression that adults won’t help her. Ever. Follow her through the ten day experience as she tries to avoid learning this skill. Will she be able to tie her shoes on her own, or forever be labeled “Velcro Girl?”

A Place Called Kindergarten by Jessica Harper and Illustrated by G. Brian Karas

When a barn full of animals miss their routine visit from Tommy, the family dog informs them that he has ridden the bus to his first day of kindergarten. The animals worry about Tommy and this thing called kindergarten. What is it? Will he ever come back? Readers will learn if Tommy’s barnyard friends will be able to adjust to his life as a kindergartener.

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. The order of the books in the list above is in no particular order.

What is your favorite book for the first day of kindergarten?