This will be Clara’s first time in a formal school program, and what can I say…the girl is really, really into her mama. She’s excited to make new friends and learn new things, but she’s not so thrilled about leaving me for hours every day…not to mention all the other insecurities that go along with being in a new place, surrounded by new people, following new routines you don’t understand.
But if there’s one thing I’ve learned about helping kids adjust to scary situations, it’s that talking about what to expect really helps. And one of the best ways to do that is by reading to her.
Hearing about a book character’s worries and fears – and then ultimately seeing that everything turns out OK in the end – not only helps the child know what to expect but reassures her that she’ll do just fine, too.
Even if your child has already begun the school year, it’s a good idea to keep reading about school experiences. You never know what situations might come up a few weeks into the school year – friend issues, substitute teachers, a hard time mastering the alphabet – and the more you talk about it, the more it can help your child deal with whatever’s on his mind.
Here are a list of 11 children’s books that deal with starting – or returning to – school. Because I love classic children’s books, a fair number of these come from my own childhood memories! But there are some great new ones in there, too, ready to be made classic by a new generation of kids. Enjoy the list – and be sure to suggest your own favorites in the comments!
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On My Way To School by Sarah Maizes.
This new title features the irrepressible Livi using the same creative stalling techniques that slowed her down On My Way To Bed and On My Way To The Bath. This time she dawdles and dreams her way to school, but at the end of the day, finds she’s not quite ready to leave. Clara loves this fun, imaginative read, and any parent will recognize a bit of their child in Livi!
Ramona The Pest by Beverly Cleary.