If you are looking for books that celebrate the huge milestone of a child starting Kindergarten, I have you covered. Below is a list of the best books for starting Kindergarten. They make great gifts for kids as well as classroom teachers to help in this time of big transition. The stories shared below will help you talk to your children about their most pressing questions: What kindergarten will be like? What if I’m scared? How will I make new friends? What if I miss my grownups? Will I be ok? Use these great stories to help kids work through their complex feelings with ease.
Best Books for Starting Kindergarten
LENA’S SHOES ARE NERVOUS: A First Day of School Dilemma Written by Keith Calabrese and Illustrated by Juana Medina, Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
MAE’S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL Written and Illustrated by Kate Berube, Published by Harry N. Abrams
This clever picture book will prepare young explorers to boldly go where they have never gone before: Planet Kindergarten. Suit up for a daring adventure as our hero navigates the unknown reaches and alien inhabitants of this strange new world. Hilarious and confidence-boosting, this exciting story will have new kindergarteners ready for liftoff!
PLANET KINDERGARTEN Written by Sue Ganz-Schmitt and Illustrated by Shane Prigmore, Published by Chronicle Books
It’s the night before the twins are starting kindergarten, and they have the just-about-to-start-school jitters. After all, they will be in different classrooms! What will kindergarten be like when they’re not together all day? But Dax and Zoe will learn that kindergarten is full of new surprises and adventures, and being apart for a short while isn’t so bad.
TWINDERGARTEN by Nikki Ehrlich, Illustrated by Zoey Abbott Wagner, Published by HarperCollins
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Bethany Edwards is an elementary educator as well as a reading and literacy specialist. On Biracial Bookworms, she focuses on multiracial and multicultural resources for teaching literacy skills using reading, travel, and learning multiple languages. Additionally, she offers online and self-paced courses for parents and caregivers on Biracial Bookworms Academy.