5 fantastic books about starting school

5 fantastic books about starting school

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.

Books about starting school

I am too absolutely small for school, Lauren Child

Books about starting school

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.

Disclosure – I was sent Welcome to alien school free as part of a collection of books from Books and pieces. All my readers can currently get 10% off any books using the code Ladybird10


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  1. August 16, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    Thanks so much Claire for featuring Alien School in your list. My boys absolutely love the Albie series.

    • Claire
      August 17, 2017 / 8:54 am

      You’re welcome. Thank you for introducing us to the Albie series.

  2. August 18, 2017 / 7:39 am

    These look absolutely fantastic! I love the sound of alien school – I think these would be great for mine who’s headed back to school but moving from preschool to reception.

    • Claire
      August 19, 2017 / 7:06 am

      I’m sure he’d love it. I think it must be a bit easier moving from preschool to school but still a big step.

  3. August 18, 2017 / 8:23 am

    Some great choices here. I have a little one starting school in September and getting them used to it with these books is such a great idea. We love Charlie and Lola in this house. I haven’t heard of Busy Teacher People before so I will have to check that one out! 🙂

    • Claire
      August 19, 2017 / 7:07 am

      I hope starting school goes well for you. I think books are a great way to introduce new experiences.

  4. August 18, 2017 / 4:52 pm

    I love reading books that teach the kiddies about something new! We have books for going to the doctor, going on an airplane etc. I think they learn with such ease & don’t realize it’s learning either! These are some great choices, I will look for them for my youngest 🙂

    • Claire
      August 19, 2017 / 7:08 am

      I agree. Books are a great way of introducing new experiences.

  5. rachel
    August 18, 2017 / 8:57 pm

    I never used going to school books when my daughter’s started school but they are such a good idea to help ease anxiety. I do like a bit of Charlie and Lola so i think i would have chosen this one as my go to book. Good luck to F starting School 🙂

    • Claire
      August 19, 2017 / 7:08 am

      Thank you. Charlie and Lola is great.

  6. August 18, 2017 / 9:54 pm

    This is such a lovely post and fantastic collection of books. Pinning it. My lady starts next week. She’s more excited than nervous but I’m going to check out the library for some of these.

    • Claire
      August 19, 2017 / 7:09 am

      Good luck for next week. Sounds like my daughter. I love that she’s excited. Thanks for pinning.

  7. August 18, 2017 / 10:12 pm

    Some great book choices here , my girls love reading 🙂

    • Claire
      August 19, 2017 / 7:10 am

      Thank you. It’s lovely when kids enjoy reading.

  8. August 19, 2017 / 1:24 pm

    This is such a useful post – my son will be starting school next year and books have always been a great way to prepare him for new experiences. I remember Starting School from when I was little – it’s clearly a classic!

    • Claire
      August 19, 2017 / 8:38 pm

      I love books for preparing children for new experiences. It’s a classic for a reason. A lovely book.

  9. August 19, 2017 / 2:41 pm

    My daughter starts school in September and would love some of these books. Thanks for the great ideas 💡

    • Claire
      August 19, 2017 / 8:36 pm

      You’re welcome. I hope she settles in well.

  10. August 19, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    What lovely books. My youngest is starting school next year and these would be great to prepare her for it. Books are a great way to do that. She loves charlie and lola, so that will be popular x

    • Claire
      August 22, 2017 / 5:32 am

      I think baby are a great way of preparing kids.

  11. August 19, 2017 / 9:01 pm

    Good luck for starting school! These all look great and with my daughter starting in September they are definitely something we could use to prepare her for the new changes. I’m still in denial, so maybe they would help me too!!!

    • Claire
      August 22, 2017 / 5:33 am

      Lol, you never know!

  12. August 20, 2017 / 6:24 am

    I’m a big fan of using books to help little get used to a big life change, these all look fab. I love how fun the alien one looks.

    • Claire
      August 22, 2017 / 5:34 am

      The alien one is fun.

  13. August 20, 2017 / 1:13 pm

    We just had one book for my daughter, an Usborne one with all different words in the classroom and around the school. These all look fantastic though, especially Charlie and Lola, those books are always brilliant 🙂

    • Claire
      August 20, 2017 / 6:52 pm

      I think I’ve seen that one around. We only bought one of these books, another was sent for review and the other 3 are library books. Charlie and Lola are great books.

  14. August 20, 2017 / 5:04 pm

    So glad I found your post! I’ve been looking for a book like this, more often than not they tend to be either very vague or possibly add to the nerves. #TheLinkyList

    • Claire
      August 20, 2017 / 6:51 pm

      I’m glad it is useful. I read one book to F (can’t remember what now) and it was so focused on being nervous I never read it again!

  15. August 20, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    Our oldest goes to school next year. Will definitely take a look at these books

    • Claire
      August 21, 2017 / 6:45 pm

      I’m sure you’ll find one that is good for your child.

  16. August 22, 2017 / 5:41 am

    I love Alien School and you can’t beat a bit of Charlie and Lola! Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

  17. August 22, 2017 / 7:01 am

    There are so many great starting school books, we love the Charlie and Lola book too. I have a starting school blogpost on Story Snug and also two posts where I asked book bloggers to recommend their favourite starting school books.

    I hope your little girl has a great first day, it sounds like she’s excited :o)


    • Claire
      August 22, 2017 / 7:11 pm

      They sound like great posts. I’ll go and have a read. Thank you, I hope so too.

  18. August 23, 2017 / 6:25 am

    Books to help kids get used to the idea of starting school. My eldest, now 16 and about to start 6th form, had the Charlie and Lola one and the classic Janet and Allan Ahlberg – both brilliant books! My 13yo had one about a dinosaur starting school which wasn’t quite in the same ballpark.
    Hope starting school goes well!

    • Claire
      August 23, 2017 / 7:58 pm

      I had no idea Charlie and Lola had been around that long. It really stands the test of time.

  19. August 24, 2017 / 12:46 pm

    I’m loving the book suggestions that are appearing for schooling and think I need to get a few more books in now. #readwithme

    • Claire
      August 27, 2017 / 8:35 pm

      There are lots of great school books out there.

  20. September 2, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    Great choices! We have Starting School and Hugless Douglas in our list of school books over on our blog too. I can’t believe I’ve never read the Charlie and Lola one, will have to get a copy. #readwithme #kltr

  21. September 5, 2017 / 9:30 pm

    We used the Starting School book when Monkey started school last September. I think books are a great idea, we read to Monkey every night which means that its easy to slip in one which may have a certain message we want him to think about. I love the sound of the alien school too.

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