Books to help children prepare for starting school.
Starting School Bags
A bookbag containing 5 books ideal for a parent/guardian to share with a child about to start school for the first time.
Little Owl’s First Day by Debi Gliori
It's a big day for Little Owl. His first day at school. Little Owl doesn't want a big day though. He'd rather stay at home and have fun with Mummy and Baby Owl. But at school he gets to build a rocket, learn to fly and even make a tiny new friend. Maybe big days spent with friends can be lots of fun after all!
Little Tiger Starts School by Sue Graves
Little Tiger was getting excited about starting school, but then he began to worry. What if he didn't know what to do? What if he didn't make any friends? Luckily, his brother is on hand to help reassure him.
Starting School by Caryn Jenner
This book is aimed at children who are due to start school, and can be shared with young children to answer their many questions about what school life will be like. Many varied school settings and scenarios are explored to show that different schools work in different ways.
Come to School Blue Kangaroo
Lily and Blue Kangaroo - a friendship forever! The eighth title in this hugely popular series featuring Lily and her loveable soft toy sees the inseparable duo starting at a new school with surprising results.
I Have to Start School Today by Simon Philip
I have to start at school today. 'You'll have such fun!' my parents say. I know they think I'll be okay. But what if things don't go my way? Starting at a new school can be scary business. From rhinos at the gate to bears who won't share, there are all SORTS of things that could go wrong. Luckily, Grandma is on hand to point out that there's no need to fright, as things could just as easily go right!
Hugless Douglas Goes to Little School by David Melling
Douglas is very excited to be going to little school. There is so much to do - and lots of hugs to be given out!
My Stinky New School by Rebecca Elliott
It's Toby's first day of school and he does not like it! Join him in the playground and the classroom as he looks for friends and finds a mermaid, an alien, a pirate and a palaeontologist!
Where’s My Peg by Jen Green
'New Experiences' is a series that enables young children to confront and overcome the daily fears they experience as they develop and grow. This book covers arriving at school for the first time.
Time for School by Daisy Upton
As any parent and carer knows, it's a scary thing to send your little one off to school for the first time. No matter how ready you think you are to send your little darling off to be someone else's problem for a significant portion of the day, it's tough - and all you can do is hope you've prepared them for it, and that you can support them properly at home once they've started. Now, with the help of Daisy Upton, aka Five Minute Mum and a former teaching assistant, you can prepare your kids with the things they need to know before they start.
No Worries: Your Guide to Starting Secondary School by Jenny Alexander
What if I've got the wrong stuff? What if I don't fit in? What if the older kids are horrible to me? Starting secondary school is a bit like going on a safari - it's a great adventure but sometimes, before you go, you can get a touch of the 'what ifs'. This book is full of information about going up from primary to secondary school and covers all of the most common worries and anxieties.