The 20 Best Kids’ Books to Calm Back-to-School Jitters

From Today Parents: The 20 best kids’ books to calm back-to-school jitters

Whether your child is strapping on a backpack for the first time or just starting a new year, the first day of school is bound to be nerve-wracking.

Parents can ease first-day jitters is by establishing the new routine ahead of time and reading books to prepare for the big day.

Books about starting school range from tender to hilarious. Try one of these picture books, a mix of old favorites and titles as new as your little student.

1. “The Pigeon HAS to Go to School,” by Mo Willems

Mo Willems is back with his sixth Pigeon book, and this time Pigeon has to go to school, even though he already knows everything (and is maybe a little scared). What if he learns too much?

2. “The King of Kindergarten,” by Derrick Barnes and Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Conquering kindergarten is a snap for the hero of this story, who takes his first day in stride, makes friends and gets his royal rest. It’s a burst of positivity and confidence.

3. “Sorry, Grown-Ups, You Can’t Go to School!” by Christina Geist and Tim Bowers

Can’t Mom and Dad come, too? Dad can tie his own shoes and everything! Sorry, parents. In this fun new book from Christina Geist, school is for kids and teachers only. (Full disclosure: Christina is married to TODAY’s own Willie Geist!)

4. “The Day You Begin,” by Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael López

This touching read acknowledges the times when children feel different or misunderstood and encourages them to share their stories, so “the world opens itself up a little wider to make some space for you.

5. “We Don’t Eat Our Classmates,” by Ryan T. Higgins

Penelope Rex is shocked to discover her classmates are children. So she eats them. She’ll have to learn to keep her appetite in check if school is going to work out.

Read on for the rest of The 20 Best Kids’ Books to Calm Back-to-School Jitters recommendations on Today Parents.

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