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First Day of School

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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.
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.
Hurry, Little Tortoise, Time for School! by  Carrie Finison
Little Tortoise hurries to school on her first day in order to be on time, but despite her best efforts, she gets passed by all her friends.
I Love My Teacher! by Todd Parr
A celebration of the ways in which teachers change the world, from encouraging creativity, to making students laugh, to helping them form friendships, always wanting everyone to succeed and making the classroom a great place to be.
Kindergarten : Where Kindness Matters Every Day by  Vera Ahiyya
Leo, a quiet kid who is not ready for his first day of kindergarten, ends up having a great day when he makes a kindness pledge and discovers he knows a lot about being kind to others.
Llama Llama Back to School by  Reed Duncan
Summer days are getting shorter and it's almost time for the first day of school for Llama! But Llama Llama isn't ready for summertime to end. It's been full of backyard camping, family picnics, and ice cream with friends. All he wants is for summer to go on forever! He's anxious about his first day back at school but maybe, with some help from his friends and Mama Llama, going back to school will be fun after all.
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.
Not Yet, Yeti by  Bethany V Freitas
It's Yeti's first day of school and there are so many new things to try! Maybe he can't do everything he wants to do perfectly just yet, but his supportive teacher and helpful classmates are there to remind him that he can always try again.
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.
Puppy Bus by  Drew Brockington
A boy, worried about his first day at a new school, finds himself on the wrong bus, a bus full of puppies bound for Puppy School--and discovers that despite the strange food and even weirder bathroom Puppy School is a lot of fun.
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.
Stanley the Dog : The First Day of School by  Bobby Bones
Tells the story of Stanley the bulldog's first day of school, during which he learns the importance of being himself.
That's Not My Name! by  Anoosha Syed
Mirha questions her name after her classmates continually pronounce it wrong on the first day of school so her mother helps her to learn the significance of her name and to be proud of it.
The Queen of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes
Instilled with confidence by her parents, a young girl has a great first day of kindergarten.
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!
Today I'm Strong by  Nadiya Hussain
I love to go to school. Well, most days I do. There are some days when what I really want is to stay at home with you. A story about finding your inner strength
VIP : Very Important Preschooler by  Cindy Jin
This fun rhyming story, follow five special VIPs on each day of the school week as they highlight all the reasons why they're a very important preschooler. And the importance of being kind to your friends, doing the right thing, and being a good leader.
Updated 08/18/2022