As the aroma of sharpened pencils fills the air and the echoes of school bells beckon, we know it’s that time of the year again. Time to switch from beach days and barbecues to textbooks and classrooms – it’s back to school season!
We understand that transitioning from the carefree days of summer to the structured rhythm of the school year can bring a whirlwind of emotions, both for our little learners and for us, the caretakers navigating the journey alongside them. Whether it’s their first venture into the realm of academia or they’re seasoned students, the start of a new school year is a time of excitement, anticipation, and often, a few butterflies too.
That’s why we’re here to make this journey as smooth as possible, easing those ‘first day jitters’ and transforming them into a confident stride towards an enriching educational experience.
On our blog, we’ve curated a list of heartwarming, inspiring, and relatable first day of school books that address a variety of back-to-school experiences. These stories not only entertain but also provide gentle reassurances, affirm the beauty of diversity, and encourage the love of learning.
But that’s not all! Be sure to delve deeper into our ‘Back to School‘ section for a treasure trove of resources, tips, and suggestions to equip your child for the amazing academic year ahead. From study tips to organization hacks, from handling homework to fostering friendships, we’ve got you covered!
First Day of School Books
Here our top picks for first day of school books:
1- First Day Jitters, by Julie Danneberg
This book captures the nervousness of Sarah Jane Hartwell, who is starting at a new school. Despite her initial reluctance, she overcomes her fears with encouragement from Mr. Hartwell and makes friends with Mrs. Burton, easing her into the new environment. The story ends with an unexpected twist, making it a delightful read.
2- Wemberly Worried, by Kevin Henkes
This book focuses on Wemberly, a young girl who worries about everything, especially her first day of school. The story follows her journey of overcoming her anxiety, as she realizes that school is fun and there’s no room for unnecessary worrying.
3- The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn
This book is about Chester Raccoon who is anxious about starting school. To comfort him, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret known as the Kissing Hand. The story is a tender reassurance of parental love, especially during times of separation such as starting school, daycare, or camp.
4- A Letter from Your Teacher: On The First Day of School, by Shannon Olsen
This book is written from the perspective of a teacher welcoming new students on the first day of school. It conveys a warm and welcoming message that helps establish a strong bond between the teacher and the students.
5- Our Class Is A Family, by Shannon Olsen
This book emphasizes the significance of classroom unity. It teaches children that their classroom is a place where it’s okay to make mistakes, it’s safe to be themselves, and it’s important to be kind to others, making them feel like part of a special family.
6- All Are Welcome, by Alexandra Penfold
This book celebrates diversity and inclusion within a school environment. It emphasizes the idea that every child, irrespective of their background, is welcomed with open arms into the classroom, making it a perfect back-to-school read for children, families, and classrooms.
7- The Name Jar, by Yangsook
This book explores the struggles of Unhei, a new student from Korea, dealing with cultural differences, particularly with people unable to pronounce her name. The story unravels as she decides to choose an American name, only to realize that her own name holds the true essence of her identity.
8- School’s First Day of School, by Adam Rex
In an interesting twist, this book personifies the school as the nervous one on the first day. The school worries whether the children will like it and treat it well. As the day progresses, the school realizes that it isn’t the only one with first-day jitters.
9- It’s OK to be Different, by Sharon Purtill
This book highlights the beauty of individual differences and encourages acceptance and kindness towards everyone. It teaches children that they and others can be unique, and that kindness should be extended to all, regardless of their differences.
10- Your Name Is a Song Hardcover, by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
This book follows a little girl who is upset because her teachers and classmates can’t pronounce her name correctly. After a heart-to-heart with her mother about the musicality and significance of names from diverse cultures, she feels empowered and ready to share her newfound knowledge with her class the next day.