Is your little one getting ready to head off to kindergarten for the first time? If so why not help prepare for the big day by reading books together that discuss the first day of kindergarten. Here are four of my favorite books about the first day of kindergarten.
Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?
Written by Audrey Vernick, Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? should be considered a must read for any incoming kindergarten student. With it’s funny main character, a silly buffalo, the book uses humor to alleviate many of the fears that a new kindergarten student faces before the first day of school. Readers will walk away from the story with knowledge that it’s important to get along with everyone no matter how different from you they are, that they don’t need to know everything before they start school, that it’s not always easy to start something new, and that everyone is special in their own way.
The Night Before Kindergarten
” ‘Twas the night before kindergarten…” Wait a second kindergarten? That’s right this The Night Before Kindergarten, written by Natasha Wing, is a silly takeoff of the The Night Before Christmas. The book begins with the children being nervous and scared about their first day of kindergarten, as they gather their school supplies and prepare for kindergarten but the story soon turns to the parents who are nervous about leaving their kindergarteners behind.
In Kindergarten Rocks, written by Katie Davis, Dexter Dugan is starting kindergarten, and his stuffed dog Rufus is really scared about kindergarten. Some of the questions on Rufus’ mind are “What if my teacher is mean?” and “What if I have to go #2?” In the book Dexter’s third grade sister Jessie reassures both Dexter and Rufus by declaring that “Kindergarten Rocks!” as she tries to alleviate their fears. Readers will enjoy the humorous take that this book has on common fears of incoming kindergarteners.
Written by Anna Jane Hays Kindergarten Countdown focuses on Lucy, a bubbly little girl who can barely wait for her first day of kindergarten. The story is told in a rhyming format that will have readers chanting along, while the brightly colored illustrations will appeal to young readers. While the book does not focus on the scary aspects of kindergarten as several of the books do, it focuses on the excitement and anticipation many incoming kindergarteners have over their first day of kindergarten.