Getting Ready for Kindergarten: A Children's Booklist

The first day of school is fast approaching, and some very special children will be first-timers and starting kindergarten. They will get to pick out new backpacks, pencils, notebooks. Below are some great picture books to share with your new kindergarten student. They will get your child ready for their first day of elementary school.

Anna Dewdney’s ever popular Llama Llama series has a book about missing Mama on his first day of nursery school. Llama Llama Missing Mama will help reassure your child that going to school is fun, and everything will be alright. This classic read follows the pattern of all the other Llama Llama books, so it's guaranteed a good time.

Ready, Set, Kindergarten by Paula Ayer is a fun book that rhymes about the day before kindergarten starts. Of few of the pages gives the reader and listener a chance to repeat numbers, part of the alphabet, and copy the movements the main character does. The illustrations are fun, and it’s offered in digital form through Hoopla and print copy through the library.

The rhyming text of Kindergarten is Cool by Linda Elovitz Marshall is a fun and colorful way to share with children all the activities that happen on the first day of kindergarten. The story starts at the very beginning of the day from getting dressed in your new shoes, to the end of the day, and covers everything in between. The rhymes and bright illustrations make it fun for readers to follow along.

Kindergarrten Bus by Mike Ornstein is a very fun book about a bus driver, who is also a pirate! He is extremely brave, until his beloved parrot flies away. Then, he is too scared to drive the new kindergarten children to school, until they share with him how he can be brave. This book has fun pirate diction and a song about school that will have all readers singing.

Adam Rex has written a fun book called School's First Day of School that shares how everyone, even the school, is a little bit nervous for the first day.  It teaches how it’s okay to be scared, but everything will be okay. The story is fun for all children, and it has very vibrant, yet simple illustrations.