Staff Picks

Starting School Stories

Stories and informational books to help ease any fears a child may have about starting school and to help everyone look forward to this special day.

Children's Services Staff

Picture Books

Adventure Annie Goes to Kindergarten     Adventure Annie Goes to Kindergarten    
Toni Buzzeo
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Buz)

Even though there are rules to follow, a little girl who loves adventure has an exciting first day of kindergarten.

Brand-New Pencils, Brand-New Books     Brand-New Pencils, Brand-New Books    
Diane De Groat
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej De)

Gilbert's excitement over starting first grade turns to worry that the teacher will be mean, the work too hard, and his classmates too unfriendly, but throughout the day there are pleasant surprises.

Countdown to Kindergarten     Countdown to Kindergarten    
Alison McGhee
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mcg)

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

Dinosaur Starts School     Dinosaur Starts School    
Pamela Duncan Edwards
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Edw)

Dinosaur worries about the first day of school, but with the help of a reassuring classmate he finds that school can be fun.

Don't Be Silly, Mrs. Millie!     Don't Be Silly, Mrs. Millie!    
Judy Cox
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Co)

A teacher makes her students laugh when she mixes up words, saying "goats" instead of "coats" and "poodles" when she means "puddles."

Don't Go!     Don't Go!    
Jane Breskin Zalban
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Za)

On the first day of preschool, Daniel gradually overcomes his nervousness as he plays in the sandbox, collects leaves, and bakes cookies. Includes tips for parents on getting ready for preschool and a recipe for pumpkin cookies.

Elizabeti's School     Elizabeti's School    
Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej St)

Although she enjoys her first day at school, Elizabeti misses her family and wonders if it wouldn't be better to stay home.

Enrico Starts School     Enrico Starts School    
Charlotte Middleton
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mi)

Enrico the cat starts school, but at first he doesn't know how to make friends.

First Day     First Day    
Dandi Daley Mackall
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mac)

The first day of school starts out filled with doubt, but after facing fear of the big kids, reciting the alphabet with ease, and learning about recess, a child can't help but look forward to day two.

First Day Jitters     First Day Jitters    
Julie Danneberg
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Da)

Sarah is afraid to start at a new school, but both she and the reader are in for a surprise when she gets to her class.

Harry and the Dinosaurs Go to School     Harry and the Dinosaurs Go to School    
Ian Whybrow
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Why)

On Harry's first day at his new school he is not sure whether or not to bring his bucket of dinosaurs, but in the end the dinosaurs help him make a friend.

Horus' Horrible Day     Horus' Horrible Day    
Shana Corey
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Co)

As the school year begins on Mars, Horus the Martian gets off to a rocky start, but soon discovers that first grade is not really as bad as he thought.

I Am Not Going to School Today!     I Am Not Going to School Today!    
Robie H. Harris
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ha)

A little boy decides to skip his very first day of school.

I Am Too Absolutely Small for School     I Am Too Absolutely Small for School    
Lauren Child
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ch)

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

I'm Telling You, Dex, Kindergarten Rocks!     I'm Telling You, Dex, Kindergarten Rocks!    
Katie Davis
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Da)

Dexter knows everything there is to know about kindergarten and is not at all scared about his first day there, but his stuffed dog, Rufus, is very nervous.

Jake Starts School     Jake Starts School    
Michael Wright
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wri)

No one can pry a frightened Jake away from his parents on the first day of school, and so the three must watch as his classmates have fun until, at the end of the day, his teacher finally gets him to let go.

Little Rabbit Goes to School     Little Rabbit Goes to School    
Harry Horse
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ho)

Little Rabbit takes his favorite toy, Charlie Horse, along for his first day of school and when there is trouble, he blames it all on Charlie.

Look Out, Kindergarten, Here I Come!     Look Out, Kindergarten, Here I Come!    
Nancy L. Carlson
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ca)

Even though Henry is looking forward to going to kindergarten, he is not sure about staying once he first gets there.

Maisy Goes to Preschool     Maisy Goes to Preschool    
Lucy Cousins
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Cou)

"Join Maisy and her friends for a busy day at preschool! Experience many school activities: painting, music, story time, and more!"

Meet the Barkers: Morgan and Moffat Go to School     Meet the Barkers: Morgan and Moffat Go to School    
Tomie De Paola
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej De)

Bossy Moffie and her quiet twin brother Morgie both enjoy starting school, especially getting gold stars and making new friends.

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten     Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten    
Joseph Slate
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sl)

Introduces the letters of the alphabet as Miss Bindergarten and her students get ready for kindergarten.

Molly Rides the School Bus     Molly Rides the School Bus    
Jill Brillhart
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Br)

Molly is worried about riding the school bus on her first day of kindergarten, but a friendly older girl helps her adjust.

Mom, It's My First Day of Kindergarten!     Mom, It's My First Day of Kindergarten!    
Hyewon Yum
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Yum)

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

Moses Goes to School     Moses Goes to School    
Isaac Millman
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mil)

Moses and his friends enjoy the first day of school at their special school for the deaf and hard of hearing, where they use sign language to talk to each other.

Mouse's First Day of School     Mouse's First Day of School    
Lauren Thompson
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Th)

When he goes to school, Mouse finds a world of new objects and new friends.

Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth     Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth    
Alison McGhee
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mcg)

A first grader is frightened on her first day of school after hearing a rumor that her teacher is a 300-year-old alien with a purple tongue who steals baby teeth from her students.

Noni is Nervous     Noni is Nervous    
Heather Hartt-Sussman
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Har)

Noni is nervous about a lot of things, but mostly her first day of school. What will she wear? Where will she sit? While her caring family offers advice, Noni finally resolves her struggles with comical results.

Off to School, Baby Duck     Off to School, Baby Duck    
Amy Hest
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej He)

Baby Duck experiences the fear of the first day of school, but with a little help from Grampa, everything turns out okay in the end.

Ollie's School Day : A Yes-and-No Book     Ollie's School Day : A Yes-and-No Book    
Stephanie Calmenson
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Cal)

Asks the reader a series of yes or no questions as Ollie gets dressed, spends a day at school, and returns home.

Otto Goes to School     Otto Goes to School    
Todd Parr
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Pa)

After a breakfast of juice, cereal, and a banana split, Otto goes to school for the first time, where he makes new friends and learns how to wag his tail without knocking things over.

Pete and Polo's Big School Adventure     Pete and Polo's Big School Adventure    
Adrian Reynolds
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Re)

Pete and his polar bear are both nervous on their first day of school, especially when Polo finds he is the only bear that's not brown.

Richard Scarry's Great Big Schoolhouse     Richard Scarry's Great Big Schoolhouse    
Richard Scarry
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sca)

Follows Huckle Cat through a busy day at school, as he learns the alphabet, enjoys the playground, and participates in show and tell.

Suki's Kimono     Suki's Kimono    
Chieri Uegaki
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ue)

Suki will wear her favorite kimono on the first day of school no matter what others think.

Sumi's First Day of School Ever     Sumi's First Day of School Ever    
Soyung Pak
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Pa)

By the time Sumi finishes her first day of school, she decides that school is not as lonely, scary, or mean as she had thought.

The Kissing Hand     The Kissing Hand    
Audrey Penn
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Pen)

When Chester the raccoon is reluctant to go to kindergarten for the first time, his mother teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him.

This School Year Will Be the Best!     This School Year Will Be the Best!    
Kay Winters
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Win)

When a teacher asks her students on the first day of school what they wish for in the coming year, the answers range from having a good school picture to receiving a perfect report card.

Tibili, the Little Boy Who Didn't Want to Go to School     Tibili, the Little Boy Who Didn't Want to Go to School    
Marie Leonard
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Le)

After Tibili, a young African boy, follows Crope the spider's suggestion as to how he can avoid starting school, he discovers he wants to go after all.

Timothy Goes to School     Timothy Goes to School    
Rosemary Wells
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej We)

Timothy learns about being accepted and making friends during the first week of his first year at school.

Tom Goes to Kindergarten     Tom Goes to Kindergarten    
Margaret Wild
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wi)

When Tom, a young panda, goes to his very first day of kindergarten, his whole family stays and plays and wishes they could be in kindergarten too.

Tucker's Four-Carrot School Day     Tucker's Four-Carrot School Day    
Susan Winget
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wi)

The start of Tucker the rabbit's first day of kindergarten is rocky, but making new friends helps change his attitude toward school.

We [Love] Our School: A Read-Together Rebus Story     We [Love] Our School: A Read-Together Rebus Story    
Judy Sierra
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sie)

Rhyming text with rebuses follows a group of animals through their first day of school.

Wemberly Worried     Wemberly Worried    
Kevin Henkes
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej he)

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.

What Are You Doing?     What Are You Doing?    
Elisa Amada=o
    (Juvenile Picture Book - Ej Ama)

Before he leaves on his first day of school, Chepito plays outside and encounters many different people in his neighborhood who are all reading, and each person has a different response when Chepito asks them "Why?"

What Did You Do Today?: The First Day of School     What Did You Do Today?: The First Day of School    
Toby Forward
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Fo)

A child describes the events of the first day of school, from making sandwiches for lunch to holding a parent's hand on the walk home.

When An Elephant Comes to School     When An Elephant Comes to School    
Jan Ormerod
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Or)

With the help of his classmates, an elephant has a good first day of school.

Wow! School!     Wow! School!    
Robert Neubecker
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Neu)

Izzy finds many things to be excited about on the first day of school.

Picture Books Nonfiction

First Day at School     First Day at School    
Monica Hughes
    (Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 371 Hu)

Describes the activities of an entire school day.

First Day of School     First Day of School    
Nicola Barber
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej 372.1244 Bar)

Explains what to expect on the first day of school, including getting ready, transportation, being apart from parents, class activities, playing, lunch, getting to know people, and returning home.