Have a child starting off in Kindergarten? Or perhaps you’re a teaching welcoming your new students. These first day of kindergarten books will help them with the transition to starting school.
Don’t you just love seeing all of the first day of school pictures? I always really appreciate the ones of our friends’ kids just starting in Kindergarten.
First Day of kindergarten books
The Night Before Kindergarten: It’s the first day of school! Join the kids as they prepare for kindergarten, packing school supplies, posing for pictures, and the hardest part of all–saying goodbye to Mom and Dad. But maybe it won’t be so hard once they discover just how much fun kindergarten really is! Colorful illustrations illuminate this uplifting takeoff on the classic Christmas poem.
Kindergarten, Here I Come! This adorable picture book celebrates all the familiar milestones and moments shared by every single kindergartener. Whether it’s the first-day-of-school jitters or the hundredth-day-of-school party, every aspect of the kindergarten experience is introduced with a light and funny poem–not to mention charming illustrations.
On the First Day of Kindergarten: Perfect for nervous/excited kids about to go to kindergarten (and their parents!). This engaging adaptation of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” convinces parents and children alike that there is no place cooler than a kindergarten classroom. On the first day of kindergarten, there’s so much to do! From making new friends to jumping rope in gym to riding the bus to school, there are lots of exciting firsts to look forward to. Even though saying good-bye to Mom and Dad is hard, when the school bus pulls up, it’s time to begin kindergarten fun.
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten: This rhyming, brightly illustrated book is the perfect way to practice the alphabet and to introduce young children to kindergarten. It’s the first day of kindergarten and Miss Bindergarten is hard at work getting the classroom ready for her twenty-six new students. Meanwhile, Adam Krupp wakes up, Brenda Heath brushes her teeth, and Christopher Beaker finds his sneaker. Miss Bindergarten puts the finishing touches on the room just in time, and the students arrive. Now the fun can begin!
The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School: Mr. Fish is nervously awaiting his first day of school, and he frets about not knowing how to write his name, how to draw shapes, and how to do math―until he’s reassured that school is the perfect place to learn how to master all of these new skills, in Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School from Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna.
Clifford Goes to Kindergarten: Emily Elizabeth is starting Kindergarten and she’s a little nervous. Good thing that the teacher sent a note home that says each child can bring something from home to make the transition a little easier. But the teacher didn’t bet on a child bringing something–or someone–as big as Clifford!
Kindergarten Rocks!: Dexter already knows everything there is to know about kindergarten. His big sister, Jessie, told him all about it. So Dexter is not scared. Not even a little bit. But his stuffed dog, Rufus, is scared. Actually, he’s terrified. But Dexter–er, Rufus–has nothing to fear: As he’ll soon find out, kindergarten rocks!
Adventure Annie Goes to Kindergarten: Annie Grace wears her “Adventure Annie” cape to her first day of kindergarten, and proceeds to barrel through the day, searching for adventure in every moment. Her interpretation of the class’s Gold Star Rules isn’t exactly what her teacher, Mr. Todd, had in mind. But somehow Annie does manage to save the day when two of her classmates get lost on their way to retrieve the afternoon snack. Spirited and funny, this is an introduction to kindergarten that will please kids and teachers alike.
The 12 Days of Kindergarten: Count the first 12 days of kindergarten with this fun-filled picture book inspired by “The 12 Days of Christmas”—perfect for fans of Natasha Wing’s “The Night Before” series. Includes stickers for a great school-time reward!
Scholastic Reader Level 1: Ready for Kindergarten, Stinky Face? Stinky Face is full of “What ifs” as he gets ready for kindergarten! It’s time to go to kindergarten, but Stinky Face has a question… “But, Mama, what if the sink in my classroom pours grape juice instead of water?” As the situations grow stranger, Stinky Face’s mama always has just the right answer to make him feel better. With Lisa McCourt’s zany ideas and Cyd Moore’s motion-filled illustrations, this reader is sure to make every worried kindergartner-to-be a little less nervous.
12 Days of Kindergarten: A Counting Book: Drawing on the rhythm and rich repetition of the familiar carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” The Twelve Days of Kindergarten is a welcoming introduction to school. Upbeat text celebrates the new adventure of school, and hilariously detailed illustrations showcase kindergarteners that every child, teacher, and parent will recognize with glee. Readers of all ages will want to enroll!
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