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Ages 3-5

First Day of School

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All Welcome Here by James Preller
A picture book collection of haiku poems celebrates the first day of school and all of its excitement, challenges, and anxieties, while multimedia paintings and collages by the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of The Noisy Paintbox depict diverse characters navigating relatable first day experiences.
Becoming Vanessa by  Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Vanessa is nervous she will not fit in on her first day of school, but she hopes a special outfit will show her new classmates she is someone they should know.
Clover Kitty Goes to Kittygarten by Laura Purdie Salas
Clover Kitty does NOT want to go to kittygarten! Although she might like a friend to play with, kittygarten feels overwhelming for a sensory-sensitive kitty like Clover. And when she arrives, it is exactly as she fears: her classroom is too loud, the lights are too bright, and everyone comes too close. So Clover throws a fit...and decides to quit kittygarten. But when a classmate comes to check on her, she begins to reconsider. Maybe it's time for Clover to give kittygarten another chance?
El Cucuy Is Scared, Too! by  Donna Barba Higuera
Ramón is worried about his first day at a new school, but it helps to remind El Cucuy, the monster who lives in his cactus pot, of how brave and strong they both are.
First Day Critter Jitters by Jory John
It's almost the first day of school, and the animals are nervous. Sloth worries about getting there on time, snake can't seem to get his backpack fastened onto his body, and bunny is afraid she'll want to hop around instead of sitting still. When they all arrive at their classroom, though, they're in for a surprise: Somebody else is nervous too. It's their teacher, the armadillo! He has rolled in as a ball, and it takes him a while to relax and unfurl. But by the next day, the animals have all figured out how to help one another through their jitters. School isn't so scary after all.
I Got the School Spirit by Connie Schofield-Morrison
As a new school year begins, a young girl is filled with school spirit as she zips her book bag shut, rides the bus, enjoys her classes, and eagerly anticipates the next day.
Kindergarten Hat by Janet Lawler
Carlos Abredo loves building forts, playing soccer, and gardening but he does not want to start kindergarten, until his new teacher reaches out to make him and his fellow students feel welcome.
Little Ghoul Goes to School by Jef Czekaj
Perfect for back-to-school and Halloween, this is a funny and sweet story about a monster's first day of school by the popular author-illustrator of Cat Secrets. Little Ghoul is nervous about her first day of school. Her mom assures her that it will be great: The teachers will be scary. The lunch will be revolting! And the other classmates will be spine-tingling and creepy. But what if Little Ghoul's greatest fears come true--and everyone is nice? In this hilariously silly take on a monster's first day, Little Ghoul learns that school can be fun for creatures of every kind.
Nana Akua Goes to School by  Tricia Elam Walker
Zura is worried about how her classmates will react to her Ghanaian Nana's tattoos on Grandparents Day, but Nana finds a way to show how special and meaningful they are.
Never, Not Ever! by  Béatrice Alemagna
When Pascaline, a little bat, screams Never, Not Ever in response to going to school, something extraordinary happens, which changes her mind.
Play Day School Day by Toni Yuly
Tomorrow is the first day of the new school year, and big sister Mona can't wait to go back. What do you do at school? asks little brother Milo. As he listens to Mona recount the many things she does during the school week -- riding the bus, practicing spelling and reading, learning about science, playing with friends -- Milo's activities illustrate that with a little imagination, nature itself can be a classroom. With delightfully naive artwork and a spare text, Toni Yuly shows that learning is play and vice versa, offering a gentle introduction to school for children who are just starting and a warm celebration for those who are going back.
School Days by Shelley Rotner
There's a lot to do at school! Bright photos of a wide range of young kids and simple text offer young readers a look what happens throughout the school year.
School is Cool! by  Sabrina Moyle
This energetic picture book prepares young readers for their first day of school with humor and encouragement.
Time for School, Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
Beep-beep! Little Blue Truck and his good friend Toad are excited to meet a bright yellow school bus on the road. They see all the little animals lined up in the school bus's many windows, and Blue wishes he could be a school bus too. What a fun job--but much too big for a little pickup like Blue. Or is it? When somebody misses the bus, it's up to Blue to get his friend to school on time. Beep! Beep! Vroom!
Truman by Jean Reidy
He may be slow but Truman the turtle is determined to find his girl Sarah, who has boarded a city bus on her way to preschool.
Updated 08/17/2021