Today I’m going to be sharing 5 of the best books about starting school and also a code for 10% off at Books and pieces (a fabulous online book shop).
As you know we love children’s books so I’m sure it comes as no surprise to you that we are using children’s books to prepare F for starting school next month. These are the best books about starting school that we have read so far. F is excited about starting school and asks every few days if she is going to school today. Her school have obviously done a good job during all the stay and play and settling in sessions last term. For this reason, I have been avoiding books that talk too much about being worried about starting big school. F doesn’t seem to be worried about it so I don’t want to put the idea in her head that school is something she needs to be worried about. We have been reading these books regularly for the last few weeks and F frequently selects one of these for us to read together.
I am too absolutely small for school, Lauren Child
F loves Charlie and Lola books so I knew we had to bring this one home from the library. Lola is about to start school but she is absolutely too small and too busy to start school. Luckily Charlie is on hand to convince her why she should go. She comes up with all sorts of excuses such as not liking school dinners or not needing to know how to write or count to a hundred. Thankfully Charlie is able to persuade her that she could benefit from being able to write letters to Father Christmas and read secret messages written on the fridge. The book finishes at the end of her first day where we learn she made a new friend and enjoyed school. Perfect for any Lauren Child fan.
Starting school, Janet and Allan Ahlberg
In this book, we follow 8 children who start school together. It starts from their first day and runs right up to the Christmas holidays. It covers all the things that children can expect in their first week (class room essentials, school activities, school dinners, play time) and also the first term (Halloween and the Nativity). The illustrations are plentiful and beautiful too and the words have a good rythm to them. We’ve been enjoying reading this classic book lots already but I can see us continuing to read it during F’s first school term too.
Busy people Teacher, Lucy M George
Follow Miss Betts through a typical working day at school. This isn’t just any day though, today the class have an extra special visit from Kelly Jones, a local athlete. I love that this book not only gets children familiar with the school routine but also teaches them about trying their best and the importance of not giving up. The book also covers other people who work in schools such as head teachers, lunchtime assistants and classroom assistants. We also learn a little bit about what teachers do when the children aren’t there (marking, planning and parent’s evenings). At the end of the book, there are a few suggestions for building on the learning. These ideas are discussion points to get children talking about the book and the ideas it brings up. We love this series of books (other busy people include firemen, doctor and astronaut).
Hugless Douglass goes to little school, David Meiling
Another lovely book from the Hugless Douglass series. Hugless Douglass if starting little school and he’s excited to meet his new teacher and friends. When Miss Moo-Hoo asks the class what they enjoy doing, she’s in for a big surprise. I’m sure you’ve guessed that Hugless Douglass enjoys giving hugs and of course, he gives his teacher a big one followed by all his new friends. The illustrations are colourful and show lots of funny scenes that we love to look at and talk about. A really charming book for children starting preschool or school.
Welcome to Alien school, Caryl Hart
This might not be a realistic school book but it makes a nice change and is really fun. Albie is off to school but not just any school, today he’s off to alien school. This fun book follows the usual school day with all the familiar activities (lessons, play and dinner time) but in outer space. The pictures are bold and colourful and the story funny. F loves this book and thinks it looks really fun going to school in space. If you’ve got a space loving child, they’re sure to enjoy this book. I can’t wait to explore more books about Albie as this book is part of a series.
I’d love to hear from you if you have any favourite books about starting school that I’ve not mentioned.
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