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I have a confession…
I am a hoarder!
If you visit our house you will find that I am a certified hoarder of books.
Lots and lots of books.
Especially books for kids.
When I was in college studying for Elementary Education, I actually got to take a class where our assignments were based on reading children’s literature. It was like a dream come true!
Now that I have my boys – I love sharing my favorite books with them.
When certain seasons roll around, I break out the books that highlight things they will experience within that period of time. It is a great way to get us talking about and comfortable with upcoming events and changes.
Like going to school. 🙂
Here are my favorite school-themed children’s books that are sure to get your Happy Buddies prepared for the first day!
First Day Jitters is a fun book with a surprise ending I never saw coming!
It is a great book for helping your child know that sometimes teachers get a little nervous, too. 🙂
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten is a cute rhyming book about 26 different animals and their teacher preparing for for their first day of kindergarten.
The entire book is a clever alphabet lesson!
Miss Nelson Is Missing! is about a teacher who disguises herself in order to help her students learn to behave.
It is very helpful in inspiring conversation about classroom rules. My boys love this one.
Pete the Cat is always a hit in our house. This one about his school shoes will have everyone rocking. Grab your copy HERE!
We also love this one featuring Pete the Kitty. It is perfect for preschoolers! Grab it HERE.
Speaking of preschool, The Night Before Preschool is another great option for those going to school for the first time!
The simplicity of The School Book by Todd Parr is perfect for the smallest school goer!
This little mouse has quite a bit of fun when he gets a free ride to school!
If You Take a Mouse to School covers a lot of elements of a classroom (like lunchboxes, spelling, recess, science experiments and what happens if a mouse interferes with one, etc.). It will be a great book to prepare your kiddos for what’s coming when they walk through those big double doors.
Our family loves the Berenstain Bears. We own a ton – most of which were mine and my hubby’s from when we were little! Love this The Berenstain Bears Go to School one for young students.
How I Spent My Summer Vacation is about a little boy who reports to his class about what he did during the break.
His story is a tad, shall we say… embellished. 🙂
Does your child want to stay home with you instead of head back to school?
This precious book called The Kissing Hand is about a mommy and son raccoon’s clever way of keeping in touch throughout the school day and will
without a shadow of a doubt probably make you cry.
And as an extended activity for this book, make some yummy kissing hand cookies with your kids like The Creative Homemaker.
Kevin Henkes is one of my favorite authors! My class used to do an author study on him each year and loved learning about his life.
Wemberly Worried is about a little mouse worrying about the first day of school (and everything else, for that matter) – and we’re talking worries like how tight the bolts on the slide are and whether her classroom will stink (as in smell bad).
I’m definitely not worried about you liking this book. 😉
If you anticipate your kiddos to be emotional on the first day, Llama Llama Misses Mama helps little ones talk through these feelings.
Here is another favorite that my boys love.
This book is based on the idea that kids sometimes think that their teachers live at school. Grab it HERE.
I Am Too Absolutely Small for School is just sooo fun.
Charlie spends the entire book trying to convince is younger sister, Lola, that she is not too small for school.
After informing her of all the great aspects of school (like learning to read so that she can decode secret messages on the fridge about pink milk), Charlie finally tells Lola that her school-attending invisible friend will be lonely if she doesn’t come along too.
And thus begins Lola’s educational career!
What are your Happy Homes reading to get ready for the big day?
Happy Back to School Book-ing! 🙂