Back to School Books!
Have you got a little one starting school for the first time this year? I was so incredibly eager to send my ‘over-ready’ PudStar off to school (she’s now Year Three) that I had not at all considered how I was going to feel and for someone who doesn’t get particularly emotional about things, I got emotional! Being the good librarian that I am, I had pretty much flooded the child with books about starting school, as I do when preparing for most life events- because books provide the images and the words that children (and their parents!) need to deal with, and articulate their feelings about, new experiences.
I have books here on visiting the dentist for the first time, books here on learning to swim and I even books on here on toilet training (loved these books and hated them with equal measure!). Feelings, emotions and loss of a loved one are also topics we’ve explored as a family with books…see here, here and here.
The books I love most about school are below. There are many more out there but these are ones I know and love and come back to time and time again. I would also highly recommend investing in the ‘Big Hugs’ series, written by child psychologist Shona Innes – see here.