Starting School

Stories for children introduce the concept of attending school for the first time and address common fears with strategies for overcoming them.


First Day, Hooray! by Nancy Poydar
The day before school means excitement and nervousness for students and teachers alike, and a girl learns that everything will go smoothly because there will always be people to help.  Ages 4-7.

Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? by Audrey Vernick
Framed as a child instructing a buffalo, this humorous books introduces the experiences children will have in kindergarten, reminds them of appropriate behaviors such as sharing and saying kind things to others, and helps assuage fears that a child may not be “good enough” at certain activities in order to excel in kindergarten.  Ages 4-6. 

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
A mother kisses her son’s hand so that he can carry her kiss with him to school in case he gets lonely.  Ages 4-7. 

Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney
Llama is nervous and sad about being separated from his mother but when he participates in the activities with the other children, he enjoys his day.  Ages 3-6.

Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten! by Hyewon Yum
A boy reassures his mother than he is big enough to go to kindergarten and has nothing to worry about.  Ages 4-7.


School Phobia, Panic Attacks and Anxiety in Children by Marianne Csoti

Many children are challenged by anxiety at some time in their school career. Bringing together knowledge from her years of teaching and parenting, Marianna Csoti shows how parents and professionals can help children aged five to sixteen move away from the negative thoughts and behavior that contribute to school phobia.

Overcoming School Anxiety: How to Help Your Child Deal with Separation, Tests, Homework, Bullies, Math Phobia, and Other Worries by Diane Mayer

Keys to Dealing with Bullies by Barry E. McNamara

This book offers profiles of bullies and their victims, describes patterns and underlying causes, and discusses social and psychological scars that some victims and bullies carry through life. 

Is Your Child Ready for School: A Guide for Parents by Sandra Heriot & Ivan Beale

This book shows parents how to prepare their child for school and how to nourish curiosity so that learning is a positive and pleasurable experience.

Seven Skills for School Success by Pam Schiller

Best-selling author Pam Schiller provides information, activities, and experiences that develop the seven skills children need in order to become successful learners.