Back to School Series: Children’s Books about Starting School
In Australia, Prep/Foundation/Kindergarten is the first formal year of schooling and it can’t come soon enough for PudStar who has been playing school for months now. Of course she is always the teacher in this game, so it could come as a shock when her real teacher tells her it’s time to sit down and listen. I don’t think we’re going to have any fears and tears over school with this one, but we’ve still been reading lots of books about schools, classrooms, teachers and the like.
Whether they are super confident, or feeling apprehensive, children’s books are a great way to introduce new experiences such as starting school or going back to school. Books are a way of entering the world of the classroom from the safety of a bedroom or the lap of a loved parent or grandparent.
There are so many books about starting school, but below are some of my personal favourites.
‘Starting School’ (2013), written by Jane Godwin and illustrated by Anna Walker, Penguin Books Australia.
‘First Day’ (2013), written by Andrew Daddo and illustrated by Jonathan Bentley, Harper Collins.
‘Do I Have to Go to School’ (2006), written by Pat Thomas and illustrated by Lesley Harker, Hodder Children’s Press.
‘Millie Starts School’ (2001), written by Jane Godwin and illustrated by David Cox, Puffin.
‘Fiona the Pig’s Big Day’ (2006), written and illustrated by Leigh Hobbs, Penguin Books.
‘I Don’t Want to Go to School’ (2000), written by Christine Harris and Craig Smith, Random House Australia.
‘Starting School’ (1988), written by Janet Ahlberg and illustrated by Allan Ahlberg, Viking.
‘I am Too Absolutely Small for School’ (2003) written and illustrated by Lauren Child, Candlewick Press.