Five Finds – Ready for Kindergarten

Starting kindergarten can be an exciting time for children and caregivers, but it can also be stressful or scary. Caregivers often come into the library looking for books that can help them prepare their children (and themselves!) for this big step. Here are a few picture books all about kindergarten.

All annotations are taken from the library catalog.

1. Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten! – Hyewon Yum


A five-year-old boy, ready and eager on his first day at “the big kids’ school,” must calm his very worried mother.

2. Countdown to Kindergarten – Alison McGhee 


Ten days before the start of kindergarten, a preschooler can not tie her shoes by herself and fears the worst.

3. Llama Llama Misses Mama – Anna Dewdney

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Llama Llama experiences separation anxiety on his first day of nursery school.

4. Wemberly Worried – Keven Henkes


A mouse named Wemberly, who worries about everything, finds that she has a whole list of things to worry about when she faces the first day of nursery school.

5. I Am Too Absolutely Small for School – Lauren Child


When Lola is worried about starting school, her older brother Charlie reassures her.

What do you think, readers? Any great “ready for kindergarten” books you’d like to share? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!


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