The first day of school is an exciting, jittery day filled with new friends, new teachers, and a new grade. No matter what grade you are going into, or teaching, these first day of school books are a great way to start your year off.
Books About the First Day of School
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Brand New Pencils, Brand New Books by Diane Degroat
Gilbert is starting 1st grade and he is nervous. Little Bit loves this story. She has the book on CD and we listen to it in the car all the time. She loves listening to all the things that happen to Gilbert during his first day.
Monsters Love School by Mike Austin
First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg
Sarah is so scared to start the first day of school, she’s slow to get up, get ready and get to school. Once she is there, she meets her class and realizes her students are nice and that school is nothing to be scared of. The story is reversed in this fun book and kids are able to see how a teacher might feel on the first day.
The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School by Deborah Diesen and Daniel X. Hanna
On the first day, Pout-Pout goes to many different classrooms and doesn’t think he can do anything at school. When he finds the right class he discovers that his class is just right for him and that he can do lots of things at school.
B Bear & Lolly off to School by A. A. Livingston and Joey Chou
Dinosaur vs. School by Bob Shea
Chu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex
Rufu Goes to School by Kim Griswell and Gorbachev Valeri
Rufus wants to go to school so he can learn how to read. The only problem is pigs aren’t allowed in school. I love this story; the ending is so sweet and shows that what you need most for school is to be ready to learn.
Bailey by Harry Bliss
Every Cowgirl Goes to School by Rebecca Janni
Back to School Tortoise by Lucy M. George
Tortoise heads to school but worries that he might not like lunch, the kids will be mean, or he might trip and fall. Once tortoise goes into school he loves every minute. The twist in this story is that tortoise is the teacher. As a teacher, I love reading books that show the first day from a teacher’s perspective.
We Love our School! by Judy Sierra
I am too Absolutely Small for School by Lauren Child
Lola is starting school but does not want to go, her sister Charlie reminds her of all the fun things she will do. I love the sweet conversation the two sisters have throughout the books and the way the text is written.
Mouse’s First Day of School by Lauren Thompson
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More Books About School
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