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Starting School: Board Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about starting school?

Starting school for the first time, starting a new school after a move or educational advancement, or just starting a new grade can be nerve-racking, scary, and exciting. One of the best ways to help your child feel comfortable with this new transition is to read about it. They’ll sympathize with how these characters feel and learn through their experiences that starting up school isn’t as scary as it sounds, it’s actually very fun and full of wonderful opportunities.

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S Is for School
Written & illustrated by Greg Paprocki
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

An ABC primer that introduces your brilliant baby to what to expect when they’re ready to go to school. Lots of kids look forward to going back to school each fall. This collection of 26 illustrations featuring words from A to Z will introduce toddlers to what all the fuss is about in a unique and engaging way. Included are artist Greg Paprocki’s colorful and wonderfully detailed illustrations that bring to life concepts from the school bus to the classroom, including activities, school subjects, friends, classmates, and teachers. Greg Paprocki works full-time as an illustrator and book designer. In addition to illustrating several Curious George books, he’s provided illustrations for a number of books for Gibbs Smith, including A Is for Atom, S Is for Santa, B Is for Boo, and The Big Book of Superheroes. He began his career as an advertising art director after studying fine art and graphic design at the University of Nebraska. Greg lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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The pout-pout fish goes to school
Written by Deborah Diesen & illustrated by Dan Hanna
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

An unabridged board book edition of a Pout-Pout Fish favorite! The New York Times–bestselling Pout-Pout Fish returns for the first day of school.

Mr. Fish is nervously awaiting his first day of school, and he frets about not knowing how to write his name, how to draw shapes, and how to do math—until he’s reassured that school is the perfect place to learn how to master all of these new skills, in Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School from Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna.

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All Welcome Here
Written by James Preller & illustrated by Mary GrandPré
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

With gorgeous multimedia paintings-and-collages by acclaimed artist Mary GrandPre, James Preller’s All Welcome Here promises to be an evergreen gift picture book for children about to take the big leap into their first days of school.

The bus door swishes
Open, an invitation.
Someone is not sure . . .

The first day of school and all its excitement, challenges, and yes, anxieties, are celebrated here in connected haiku poems. A diverse cast of characters all start―and finish―their first days of school, and have experiences that all children will relate to.

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Written & illustrated by Jess Stockham
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A young boy enjoys his first day at school in this story that addresses such questions as: Who will help me find my classroom? Who’s in my class? Where do I sit? When can we go home? and many more. Includes tips for reading with young children.

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I'm Going to Preschool
Written by & illustrated by Marion Cocklico
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Every day your child is taking BIG STEPS forward—and preschool is one of them. This colorful board book, with vibrant art, cool novelty features, and valuable tips for parents on every page, helps them adjust to the changes. It’s Ben’s first day at preschool—what will it be like? He’s a little nervous, but this lift-the-flap board book shows him, and young readers, that there’s nothing to be afraid of! It gives a comforting glimpse into what life at school will be like, from meeting the teacher to fun activities to making new friends.

Have You Seen My Lunch Box? book
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  • Have You Seen My Lunch Box? - As a little boy gets ready for school, he asks for help in finding his socks, lunch box, and other items he needs to start his day.

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