Thursday, August 19, 2010

Back to School Books

With the start of school quickly approaching, I wanted to share some of our favorite school themed books.  Many of these are about starting school in general, but a few are kindergarten specific.  These are the books we have in our school stash:

Arthur Goes to School by Marc Brown

This is a great big book with lots of flaps.  It tells the simple story of how Arthur gets ready for school and some of things he does while he's there.  It also incorporates sequencing, counting, the alphabet, story telling, and opposites.

My New School by Harriet Hains

There are real photographs of children in this book, starting at their new school.  The story follows the children through their day, some starting off apprehensive but ending their day all smiles.

Clifford's First Day of School by Norman Bridwell

This Clifford story is about the time Emily Elizabeth took Clifford to school for show and tell, when he was just a little pup.  He got into quite a lot of mischief that day!

My First Day of School by PK Hallinan

My First Day of School follows a boy through his first day in kindergarten.  The fun, rhyming text make this story a pleasure to read.

Kindergarten Kids by Ellen B Senisi

This is another story about the day in the life of kindergarten kids, showing real photographs of children learning and playing during their day at school.

Emily's First Day of School by Claire Masurel

This is a fun and simple story about a little bunny, named Emily, going to her first day of school.  This book is geared towards the younger crowd with a short story and lift the flap pages.

My Kindergarten Counting Book by Margo Lundell

A Golden Book Counting Book, counting the things children might see in their kindergarten classroom, from 1-20.

When Kangaroo Goes to School by Sonia Levitin

A silly and fun book to learn the rules about going to school.

Will I Have a Friend? by Miriam Cohen

This book will ease the mind of any child who wonders if they will have a friend when they go to school for the first time.

The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing

Just like the Night Before Christmas, this book tells the tale of the night before kindergarten.  Familiar, rhyming text make this book a lot of fun to read.

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate

An all time favorite in our house, this story tells how Miss Bindergarten and her students get ready for the first day of kindergarten.  ABC's are a must in this book!

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

A sweet story of a little raccoon who is sad about leaving his mom to go to school.  Fortunately, his mom knows a little secret.  She gives him a kiss on his hand that he can keep with him all day, giving him the courage and love to try school on his own.

Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes

Poor Wemberly worried about everything, even going to school.  But when she makes friends with another little girl just as anxious and worried as she is, she ends up having so much fun, she forgets all about worrying.

The Berenstain Bears Go To School by Stan & Jan Berenstain

Classic Berenstain Bears story about Brother and Sister Bear going to school.  It was Sister's first time and she was a bit worried, but once she got into the swing of things she had a great time!

Hello First Grade by Joanne Ryder

A great first chapter book about a new group of first graders who meet the class pet, a bunny named Martha.

This is the Way by Anne Dalton

Written to the tune of the classic children's song, This is the Way, this book shows the way children get ready and enjoy their day at school.

Do you have any other favorite school books that aren't on our list?  Please share!

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