Reading Round Up: First Day of Preschool Books

August 9, 2013 in Teaching by Anna

Firsty day of Preschool

I don’t know about you, but I always tend to think of the first day of kindergarten when I think of the first day of school, and the truth of the matter is, many children go to school long before they enter kindergarten these days. In my search for books for my first day of kindergarten book list, and my first day of school book list that will appear on Mom Endeavors pretty soon, I found some books that deal with the first day of preschool. Even the youngest of children can curl up with a book, so I encourage you to check some of these out and help your child make the transition to preschool through relating to the characters and activities in these stories.

Ten First Day of Preschool Books

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

When her son voices his fears of heading off to school, Mrs. Raccoon consoles Chester by telling him all about school and all about the Kissing Hand. This heartwarming story takes a twist as Chester creates his own Kissing Hand to comfort his mother in his absence. Will the reassurance last for each of them through the first night of school?

One Happy Classroom by Charnan Simon and Illustrated by Rebecca McKillip Thornburgh

Readers can count up to and back down from ten as they go through a busy first day of preschool.

Mouse’s First Day of School by Lauren Thompson and Illustrated by Buket Erdogan

Mouse goes to school and readers find themselves in a descriptive environment of clues around a classroom as he explores.

Don’t Go! Story and Pictures by Jane Breskin Zalben

The first day of preschool, Daniel struggles to let his mother leave. After walking him through some of the morning routine, she does. How will his first day go? (This book contains a short checklist for the first day of preschool, a note from the editor with tips and comments about the first day of preschool, and the recipe for the cookies that students make in the story.)

Tiptoe Into Kindergarten by Jacqueline Rogers

The setting for this story is a kindergarten classroom, but the character is a preschooler. While dropping her brother off at kindergarten, this little girl tiptoes her way into the classroom too. While her mother speaks with another parent, will she be able to sneak around and explore to heart’s desire?

Maisy Goes to Preschool by Lucy Cousins

Maisy is a pro when it comes to preschool! Readers can enjoy a day of preschool right along with her.

My First Day at Nursery School by Becky Edwards and Illustrated by Anthony Flintoft

Readers can follow a young girl through her first day of preschool. As she goes through the motions, she really wants her mommy, but as the day progresses, she forgets this. How will she feel about going home when the day is over?

First Day, Written and Illustrated by Joan Rankin

Haybillybun is not too excited about his first day of preschool and has plenty of excuses not to go. His mom, on the other hand, won’t fall for any of it and shows up right on time before heading home…to an empty house. Knowing that Haybillybun is having a rough time, she feels the need to rescue him. Will she be in for a surprise when she heads back to his preschool? And what will he do with such a long name?

Little Bunny’s Preschool Countdown by Maribeth Boelts and Illustrated by Kathy Parkinson

LB’s getting big and pretty soon, he’ll be off to preschool. He and his father create a calendar to count down the days of summer until the first day of preschool. But during a visit from his aunt and cousin, he is led to doubt his parents’ intentions of sending him to school. Thinking he can stop the countdown, he hides the calendar and everything having to do with school. But, time continues to pass! How will that first day of preschool go and will LB be suprised by it’s arrival?

The Night Before Preschool by Natasha Wing and Illustrated by Amy Wummer

A spin on a familiar rhyme, this book takes us from the night before all the way through the first day of preschool. Billy is anxious, but keeps moving in a forward motion through his day. However, during naptime, he hits a major bump in the road…he forgot his favorite teddy at home! How will he ever sleep and what will happen the rest of the day?

What is your favorite book about the first day of preschool?

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

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