When I was a child, every night before the first day of school, I would toss and turn in bed with excitement, anxiety, and anticipation. I couldn't wait to see my friends again but was also nervous about new obstacles. Will I make new friends? Will my teacher be nice? Regardless of what questions your bubbie may have, these books will help address their issues and make them a little more confident about the new school year.
First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg - Like millions of children, Sarah Hartwell dreads the first day of school. Will she make new friends? Will the kids like her? As we follow Sarah through the struggles of getting out of bed, being driven to school and being greeted and escorted to her classroom by the principal herself, your child will be delighted to learn that Sarah is not a student - she is actually the new teacher. This book is a great way to tell kids that it’s ok to be nervous and that even adults get nervous, too.
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes - Chrysanthemum was the perfect mouse; she has a loving family and a beautiful name. It wasn’t until her first day of Kindergarten when all the other kids teased her for being named after a flower. The constant teasing made Chrysanthemum very sad and vulnerable until she discovers their very popular music teacher also have a very unique name, Delphinium Twinkle. Kids were even more surprised when Mrs. Twinkle told the other kids that she decided to name her unborn baby Chrysanthemum. This story will definitely reach kids who have unique or difficult names and help them embrace their uniqueness.
It's Back To School We Go!: First Day Stories from Around The World by Ellen Jackson - Help your kids celebrate cultural differences with this book that introduces the first day of school experience for kids from 11 different countries - Kenya, Japan, China, Peru, Canada, Kazakhstan, Australia, Germany, Russia, India, and the U.S. Learn how kids from different parts of the world prepare for their first day of school. Your kids will expand their knowledge of local customs and celebrate our differences and recognize our similarities.
The Night Before First Grade by Natasha Wing - Many parents and children alike face separation anxiety. This book follows Penny as her excitement for her first day of school was met with disappointment when she discovers that her best friend was put in a different class. However, as Penny endeavors the journey into first grade, she learns that independence begets new friends and new adventures. Written in a rhyming flow similar to ‘It Was The Night Before Christmas’, kids will love the consistent beat of the narrative.