Starting School

Suggestions for Picture Books located in the Children’s Room of the Bedford Free Public Library


First Day

E AnholtBilly and the Big New School.
Billy is nervous about starting school, but as he cares for a sparrow that eventually learns to fly on its own, he realizes that he too can look after himself.

E Child – I Am Too Absolutely Small for School.
When Lola is worried about starting school, her older brother Charlie reassures her.

E Harris – I Am Not Going to School Today!
A little boy decides to skip his very first day of school, because on the first day one doesn't know anything, but on the second, one knows everything.

E Hest – Off to School, Baby Duck!
Baby Duck experiences the fear of the first day of school, but with a little help from Grampa, everything turns out okay in the end.

E Joyce – First Day at School.
Betty makes many new friends on her first day of school.

E Kaufmann – Bye, Bye!
On the first day of school, Piggy has a difficult time letting his father go, but after he does, Piggy is in for a pleasant surprise.

E London – Froggy Goes to School.
Froggy is nervous about his first day of school, but, even though it's hard to sit still, he has a good time.

E Middleton – Enrico Starts School.
Enrico the cat starts school. At first it's hard to make friends, but with a helpful idea from Chico, Enrico discovers the very best way to meet a new pal-just be yourself!

E Pak – Sumi’s First Day of School Ever.
By the time Sumi finishes her first day of school, she decides that school is not as lonely, scary, or mean as she had thought.

E Parish – Amelia Bedelia's First Day of School.
A literal-minded first-grader's first day of school is filled with confusing adventures, much to her delight.

E Parr – Otto Goes to School.
After a breakfast of juice, cereal, and a banana split, Otto goes to school for the first time, where he makes new friends and learns how to wag his tail without knocking things over.

E Poydar -- First Day, Hooray!
All over town, Ivy Green and her bus driver and her teacher and the other school employees get ready for the first day of school.

E ReyCurious George’s First Day of School.
When Curious George attends the first day of school as a special helper, he winds up creating a big mess.

E Reynolds – Pete and Polo’s Big School Adventure.
Pete and his polar bear are both nervous on their first day of school, especially when Polo finds he is the only bear that's not brown.

E RouillardBarnaby Goes to School.
Barnaby loves to explore! But the new challenge of the first day of school lies ahead and Barnaby isn't sure he's ready. Soon he learns that school is the greatest adventure of all!

E Sierra – We Love Our School.
Using rhyming text filled with rebus pictures, Sierra presents a group of animals attending their first day of school.

E Stampler – Go Home, Mrs. Beekman!
Emily Beekman is so nervous about starting school that she makes her mother promise to stay with her forever, but after Emily makes friends and settles in, she and her teacher must convince Mrs. Beekman to break her promise and stay home.

E Thompson – Mouse’s First Day of School.
When he goes to school, Mouse finds a world of new objects and new friends.

E Whybrow – Harry and the Dinosaurs Go to School.
On Harry's first day at his new school he is not sure whether or not to bring his bucket of dinosaurs, but in the end the dinosaurs help him make a friend.

E Winters – This School Year Will Be the Best!
When a teacher asks her students on the first day of school what they wish for in the coming year, the answers range from gettting a good school picture to receiving a perfect report card.



E Cousins – Maisy Goes to Preschool.
Join Maisy and her friends for a busy day at preschool! Experience many school activities: painting, music, storytime, and more!

E Dewdney – Llama Llama Misses Mama.
Llama Llama experiences separation anxiety on his first day of nursery school.

E Edwards – My First Day at Nursery School.
The first day of preschool, a  little girl misses her mother, but the second day she is excited to go back.

E Henkes – Wemberly Worried.
A mouse named Wemberly, who worries about everything, finds that she has a whole list of things to worry about when she faces the first day of nursery school.

E Rankin – First Day.
Little Haybillybun is not the only one who is worried about the first day of preschool.

E Rockwell – My Preschool.
Follows a little boy during his day at preschool.

E Zoehfeld --  Pooh’s First Day of School.
Addresses the fears of going to school for the very first time.



E Carlson – Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!
Even though Henry is looking forward to going to kindergarten, he is not sure about staying once he first gets there.

E Harper – A Place Called Kindergarten.
Wondering why their friend Tommy has not come to the barn at his usual time, the animals become alarmed when the dog tells them that he has gone to a place called kindergarten.

E Hays – Kindergarten Countdown.
Rhyming text follows an excited little girl as she counts down the days before the start of kindergarten.

E Kroll – On the Way to Kindergarten.
A mother describes the increasing accomplishments of her five-year-old, from crying and sleeping, to riding a tricycle, then preparing for school.

E McGhee – Countdown to Kindergarten.
Ten days before the start of kindergarten, a preschooler can not tie her shoes by herself and fears the worst.

E Portis -- Kindergarten Diary.
Annalina's diary entries reflect her feelings and experiences as she goes from being afraid to go to kindergarten to loving it during her first month of school.

E Rockwell – Welcome to Kindergarten.
A boy visits the classroom where he will attend kindergarten the following fall and finds out what is in store for him.

E Rogers – Tiptoe Into Kindergarten.
A young preschooler accompanies her big brother to kindergarten and discovers a fun atmosphere, full of blocks and books, paints and puzzles.

E Rose – The Twelve Days of Kindergarten.
A cumulative counting verse in which a child enumerates items in the kindergarten classroom, from the whole alphabet, A to Z, to twelve eggs for hatching.

E Ruhmann – Who Will Go to School Today?
Sam decides to send his toy monkey Timbo to kindergarten in his place, but after telling Timbo about his school friends and what his day is really like, he realizes he wants to go himself.

E Slate – Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten.
Introduces the letters of the alphabet as Miss Bindergarten and her students get ready for kindergarten.

E Sturges – I Love School.
A brother and sister describe the things they love to do during their day at kindergarten.

E Vernick – Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?
Although kindergarten provides unique challenges for a young buffalo, one who follows the rules and tries his best will get along fine.

E Wells – My Kindergarten.
Wells takes her beloved character Emily to kindergarten in this lighthearted celebration of the first year of school experienced by young children.

E Wild – Tom Goes to Kindergarten.
When Tom, a young panda, goes to his very first day of kindergarten, his whole family stays and plays and wishes they could be in kindergarten too.

E Winget – Tucker’s Four-Carrot School Day.
The start of Tucker the rabbit's first day of kindergarten is rocky, but making new friends helps change his attitude toward school.

J 372.21/Mar – Kindergarten Day: USA and China.
Follows two groups of children through a day at kindergarten in New York and Beijing as they read, draw, play, and make new friends.

J 372.218/How – When You Go to Kindergarten.
Texts and photographs explain what it is like to go to kindergarten.


First Grade

E Borden – Off to First Grade.
Each member of a first grade class, as well as their teacher, principal, and a bus driver, expresses excitement, worry, or hope as the first day of school begins.

E Carlson – First Grade, Here I Come!
Henry tells his mother that he did not like his first day of first grade, but as he describes what he did and learned, he begins to realize that he might enjoy it after all.

E deGroat – Brand-new Pencils, Brand-new Books.
Gilbert's excitement over starting first grade turns to worry that the teacher will be mean, the work too hard, and his classmates too unfriendly, but throughout the day there are pleasant surprises.

E Preller – A Pirate's Guide to First Grade.
A young pirate and his crew embark on a grand adventure when they board the bus for the first day of first grade.

Prepared by:  Nancy Tegeler, Children’s Librarian
Bedford Free Public Library
June 2011