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starting school megan How cute was I on my first day of school (above)? I just found this photograph at my nan’s house yesterday!

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 herehere 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.

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  1. Gibbergunyah on Jan 13, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    We use Jane Godwin and Anna Walker’s book for the school preparation groups we run with speech pathologists for childre with language and behavioural disorders – it’s priceless. I bought copies for the little school starters I know (including my oldest) for Christmas. I have the Ahlberg one and the Terrible Suitcase but haven’t seen Rosie Smith and Bruce Whatley’s book. I’m off to iron some labels on school clothes.

    • Megan Daley on Jan 15, 2016 at 11:26 pm

      Could you also do labels on the clothes of my children? I am SO not ready to face this! I agree re the Godwin and Walker book – it’s just BRILLIANT!

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  3. Evie on Jan 20, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Oh these books look delightful Mrs Daley! All the best for this upcoming year.. I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye before graduation 🙁 I’ll have to pop in sometime? Although, I am studying English literature this year 😀 Plenty of books to be read that’s for sure.

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