Children's Books About the Transition to School

  • One way to help young children prepare for the transition to Kindergarten is to read them books about starting school. There is a great variety of books available for this purpose. Below are some examples of books about the transition to school. There may be others that you find as well.

    Amanda Pig, Schoolgirl (Dial Easy-To-Read)
    by Jean Van Leeuwen, Ann Schweninger (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers; (August 1997)
    ISBN: 0803719809

    Annabelle Swift, Kindergartner
    by Amy Schwartz
    Publisher: Orchard Books; Reprint edition (August 1991)
    ISBN: 0531070271

    Arthur's Back to School Surprise
    by Marc Brown (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (June 24, 2003)
    ISBN: 0375810005

    Back to School for Rotten Ralph
    by Jack Gantos (Author), Nicole Rubel (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Harpercollins Juvenile Books (August 31, 2000)
    ISBN: 0064437051

    Barbara Bunny Goes to Kindergarten
    by L.E. Baptist
    Publisher: Publish America, Inc. (August 2003)
    ISBN: 1413701779

    Barnaby Goes to School
    by Wendy Whitcomb Rouillard
    Publisher: Cartwheel Books (August 2002)
    ISBN: 0439333067

    Beginning School
    by Irene Smalls-Hector, Toni Goffe (Illustrator), Irene Smalls
    Publisher: Silver Pr (August 1996)
    ASIN: 0382393287

    The Berenstain Bears Go to School
    by Jan Berenstain (Author), Stan Berenstain (Author)
    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (July 12, 1978
    ISBN: 0394837363

    Blast Off Boy and Blorp: First Day On a Strange New Planet
    by Dan Yaccarino (Author)
    Publisher: Hyperion Press (July 1, 2000)
    ISBN: 0786805781

    Blue's First 100 Days of School
    by Sarah Albee (Author), Victoria Miller (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon; (July 1, 2003)
    ISBN: 0689854927

    Boomer Goes to School
    by Mary Whyte (Illustrator), Constance W. McGeorge
    Publisher: Bt Bound; (October 1999)
    ISBN: 0613100174

    Busy Bear Goes to Kindergarten
    by Hartmut Bieber
    Publisher: Park Lane; Board edition (June 2004)
    ISBN: 1593840497

    Bye Bye!
    by Nancy Kaufmann, Jung-Hee Spetter (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Front Street Press; (April 2003)
    ISBN: 1886910952

    by Kevin Henkes (Author)
    Publisher: HarperTrophy; (September 20, 1996)
    ISBN: 0688147321

    Clifford Va a LA Escuela/Clifford's First School Day
    by Norman Bridwell, Teresa Mlawer (Translator)
    Publisher: Bt Bound; (October 1999)
    ISBN: 0613169123

    Clifford's First School Day (Clifford the Small Red Puppy)
    by Norman Bridwell
    Publisher: Scholastic; (August 1999)
    ISBN: 0439082846

    Countdown to Kindergarten
    by Alison McGhee (Author), Harry Bliss (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Silver Whistle; (August 1, 2002)
    ISBN: 0152025162

    Countdown to the First Day of School
    by Annmarie Harris, Keiko Motoyama (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Price Stern Sloan Pub; (July 2003)
    ISBN: 0843104635

    Cranberry First Day of School (Tales from Cranberryport)
    by Wende Devlin, Harry Devlin (Contributor)
    Publisher: Aladdin Library; (September 1995)
    ASIN: 068980122X

    Don't Eat the Teacher
    by Nick Ward, Monica Gesue (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Cartwheel Books; (August 2002)
    ISBN: 0439374650

    Don't Go!
    by Jane Breskin Zalben (Author)
    Publisher: Clarion Books; (September 17, 2001)
    ISBN: 0618072500

    Dumpy At School Dumpy #2
    by Julie/Hamilt Andrews-Edwards (Author)
    Publisher: Hyperion Press; (September 30, 2000)
    ISBN: 0786806109

    Elizabeti's School
    by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen, Christy Hale (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Lee & Low Books; (September 2002)
    ISBN: 1584300434

    Emily's First Day of School (Lift-The-Flap)
    by Claire Masurel, Susan Calitri (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Puffin; (July 2000)
    ISBN: 014056716X

    Emily's First 100 Days of School
    by Rosemary Wells (Author)
    Publisher: Hyperion Press; (May 1, 2000)
    ISBN: 0786805072

    Enrico Starts School
    by Charlotte Middleton (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers; (July 2004)
    ISBN: 0803730179

    First Day
    by Dandi Daley Mackall (Author), Tiphanie Beeke (Author)
    Publisher: Silver Whistle; (August 1, 2003)
    ISBN: 0152165770

    First Day
    by Joan Rankin (Author)
    Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry; (July 1, 2002)
    ISBN: 0689845634

    First Day (A Little Ark Book)
    by Margaret Wild, Kim Gamble (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Allen & Unwin (Australia) Pty Ltd; (April 1, 1999)
    ISBN: 186448103X

    First Day at School (Hughes, Monica. My First.)
    by Monica Hughes
    Publisher: Raintree/Steck-Vaughn; (January 2004)
    ISBN: 1410906434

    The First Day of School (School Days Board Books)
    by Michi Fjuimoto (Author), Ron Cohee (Illustrator), Todd Taliaferro (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Paradise Press Inc.; (2002)
    ISBN: 1576578682

    First Day Fright
    by Bonnie Bader
    Publisher: Scholastic; (2000)
    ASIN: 0439215536

    First Day, Hooray!
    by Nancy Poydar (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Holiday House; (September 2000)
    ISBN: 0823416305

    First Day Jitters
    by Julie Danneberg, Judith Dufour Love (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing; (March 2000)
    ISBN: 158089061X

    First Day of School: All About Shapes and Sizes (Beastieville)
    by Kirsten Hall, Bev Luedecke (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Children's Press; (March 2004)
    ISBN: 0516246542

    Franklin Goes to School (Franklin Series)
    by Paulette Bourgeois, Brenda Clark (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Scholastic; (September 1995)
    ISBN: 0590254677

    Franklin Va a LA Escuela (Spanish Version)
    by Paulette Bourgeois, Brenda Clark (Illustrator), Alejandra Lopez Varela
    Publisher: Lectorum Pubns (Juv); (January 1, 1998)
    ISBN: 1880507412

    Froggy Goes to School
    by Jonathan London, Frank Remkiewicz (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Viking Childrens Books; (August 1996)
    ISBN: 0670867268

    Going to School
    by Tammy J. Schleppber 2001)
    Publisher: Cooper Beech Books; (October 2001)
    ISBN: 0761322973

    Going to School (Heinemann Read and Learn: First Time)
    by Melinda Beth Radabaugh
    Publisher: Heinemann Library; (February 2003)
    ISBN: 1403402272

    Grover Goes to School
    by Sesame Street (Author)
    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (April 12, 1982)
    ASIN: 0394851765

    How Did You Grow So Big, So Soon? (Picture Books)
    by Anne Bowen, Marni Backer (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Carolrhoda Books; (June 2003)
    ISBN: 087614024X

    I Am NOT Going to School Today!
    by Robie H. Harris, Jan Ormerod (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry; (July 1, 2003)
    ISBN: 0689839138

    I Am Too Absolutely Small for School
    by Lauren Child
    Publisher: Candlewick Press; (August 2004)
    ISBN: 0763624039

    I'll Go to School If
    by Bo Flood, Ronnie Walter Shipman (Illustrator), Nancy Bo Flood
    Publisher: Fairview Pr; (July 1997)
    ASIN: 157749024

    It's OK: Tom's First Day at School
    by Beth Robbins, Jon Stuart (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing; 1st American Edition edition (September 1, 2001)
    ISBN: 0789474220

    It's the First Day of School! (Peanuts Gang) Loop and Friends: The First Day of School
    by Khary K. Williams
    Publisher: Vantage Press; (August 2002)
    ISBN: 0533141664

    Jazzbo Goes to School
    by Matt Novak
    Publisher: Hyperion Press; (September 1999)
    ASIN: 0786823399

    The Kissing Hand
    by Audrey Penn, Ruth E. Harper (Illustrator), Nancy M. Leak (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Child Welfare League of America, Incorporated (NBN); (December 1993)
    ISBN: 0878685855

    Learning Is Fun With Mrs. Perez (Our Neighbourhood)
    by Alice Flanagan, Romie Flanagan (Illustrator), Linda Cornwell
    Publisher: Children's Press; (March 1998)
    ASIN: 0516207741

    Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse
    by Kevin Henkes (Author)
    Publisher: Greenwillow; (August 19, 1996)
    ISBN: 0688128971

    Little Bear Goes to Kindergarten (Little Bear Brushes His Teeth)
    by Jutta Langreuter, Vera Sobat (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Millbrook Press; (March 1997)
    ASIN: 0761301917

    Little Cliff's First Day of School
    by Clifton L. Taulbert, Earl B. Lewis (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers; (July 2001)
    ISBN: 0803725574

    Little Miss Spider at Sunny Patch School
    by David Kirk (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Scholastic; (August 2000)
    ISBN: 0439087279

    Little Monster Goes to School (Muppet Lift-The-Flap Book)
    by Alison Inches, Richard Brown (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Puffin; (September 1997)
    ASIN: 0140562249

    Little Witch Goes to School (Step into Reading, Step 3)
    by Deborah Hautzig (Author)
    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; (August 4, 1998)
    ISBN: 0679887385

    Little Rabbit Goes to School
    by Harry Horse
    Publisher: Peachtree Publishers; 1st edition (September 2004)
    ISBN : 156145320X

    Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! (Picture Books)
    by Nancy L. Carlson
    Publisher: Viking Childrens Books; (June 1999)
    ISBN: 0670883786

    Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten
    by Joseph Slate, Ashley Wolff (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Dutton Books; (September 1998)
    ISBN: 0525460004

    Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten
    by Joseph Slate, Ashle y Wolff (Illustrator), Puffin
    Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (July 2001)
    ISBN: 0140562737

    Miss Bindergarten Plans a Circus with Kindergarten
    by Joseph Slate, Ashley Wolff (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Dutton Books; 1st edition (July 2002)
    ISBN: 0525468846

    Miss Malarkey Doesn't Live in Room 10
    by Judy Finchler, Kevin O'Malley (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Walker & Co; (September 1996)
    ISBN: 0820774989

    Molly Rides the School Bus
    by Julie Brillhart
    Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co; (April 2002)
    ISBN: 0807552100

    Mouse's First Day of School
    by Buket Erdogan (Illustrator), Lauren Thompson (Author)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Juv); 1st edition (July 1, 2003)
    ISBN: 0689847270

    Murphy and Myrtle: The First Day of School
    by Martha Atwater, Maggie Swanson (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Cartwheel Books; (August 2002)
    ISBN: 0439382106

    My First Day at School
    by Harry W. Faircloth, Billie Anderson (Illustrator), Sr. Harry W. Faircloth
    Publisher: Mr. Harry W. Faircloth; (September 1, 1999)
    ISBN: 0966865030

    My First Day at School
    by Ruth Wickings (Illustrator), Erin Gathrid (Author)
    Publisher: Golden Books; (June 15, 2000)
    ASIN: 0307331032

    My First Day of School
    by Meredith Johnson (Illustrator), Nancy J. Skarmeas
    Publisher: Candy Cane Press; (August 2001)
    ISBN: 0824941985

    My First Day of School
    by Patrick K. Hallinan
    Publisher: Ideals Childrens Books; (September 2001)
    ISBN: 0824953053

    My Name Is Yoon
    by Helen Recorvits (Author), Gabi Swiatkowska (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux; (April 3, 2003)
    ISBN: 0374351147

    My Teacher Sleeps in School (Picture Puffins)
    by Leatie Weiss, Ellen Weiss (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Puffin; (November 1985)
    ISBN: 0140505598

    My Teacher's My Friend
    by P. K. Hallinan
    Publisher: Ideals Childrens Books; (September 1, 2001)
    ISBN: 0824953088

    Never Spit on Your Shoes (Orchard Paperbacks)
    by Denys Cazet
    Publisher: Orchard Books; (August 1993)
    ISBN: 0531070395

    The Night Before Kindergarten
    by Natasha Wing, Julie Durrell (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap; (July 2001)
    ISBN: 0448425009

    Now I'm Big
    by Margaret Miller (Author)
    Publisher: Greenwillow; 1st edition (March 21, 1996)
    ISBN: 0688140777

    Off to School, Baby Duck!
    by Amy Hest, Jill Barton (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Candlewick Press; (August 1999)
    ISBN: 0763602442

    On the First Day of Grade School
    by Emily Brenner (Author), Bruce Whatley (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Harpercollins Juvenile Books; (July 1, 2004)
    ISBN: 0060510412

    by Kevin Henkes (Author)
    Publisher: Greenwillow; (September 15, 1993)
    ISBN: 0688114490

    Pete and Polo's Big School Adventure
    by Adrian Reynolds (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Orchard Books; (September 2000)
    ISBN: 053130275X

    Pooh's First Day of School (My Very First Winnie the Pooh)
    by Robbin Cuddy (Illustrator), A. A. Winnie -The-Pooh Milne, Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
    Publisher: Disney Press; Reprint edition (July 1999)
    ASIN: 0786843489

    Riding the School Bus With Mrs. Kramer (Our Neighborhood (New York, N.Y.))
    by Christine Osinski (Illustrator), Alice K. Flanagan
    Publisher: Children's Press; (September 1998)
    ASIN: 0516207792

    Rosie's First Day at School (Talking It Through)
    by Rosemary Stones, Chris O'Neill (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Happy Cat Books Ltd; (September 7, 2000)
    ISBN: 1899248196

    Sally's First Day at School (Scarry, Richard. Best Board Books Ever.)
    by Richard Scarry
    Publisher: Simon Spotlight; (October 1997)
    ISBN: 0689815530

    Sam and Gram and the First Day of School
    by Dianne L. Blomberg PhD, George Ulrich (Illustrator), Dianne L. Blomberg
    Publisher: Magination; (May 1999)
    ISBN: 1557985626

    Sam Goes to School (Kids Can Read)
    by Mary Labatt, Marisol Sarrazin (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Kids Can Press; (March 2004)
    ISBN: 1553375645

    Sam Starts School
    by Nicola Smee (Illustrator), Barbara Taylor Cork
    Publisher: Peter Bedrick Books; (May 23, 2002)
    ISBN: 1577689895

    School Mouse
    by Dick King-Smith (Author)
    Publisher: Disney Press; Reprint edition (January 1997)
    ISBN: 0786811560

    The School Trip
    by Tjibbe Veldkamp, Philip Hopman (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Front Street Press; (May 10, 2001)
    ISBN: 1886910707

    Sheila Rae, the Brave
    by Kevin Henkes (Author)
    Publisher: HarperTrophy; (April 25, 1996)
    ISBN: 0688147380

    Spot Goes to School
    by Eric Hill
    Publisher: Putnam Pub Group Juv; Board edition (July 2001)
    ISBN: 0399237194

    Stuart Goes to School
    by Sara Pennypacker, Martin Matje (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Orchard Books; (July 2003)
    ISBN: 0439301823

    Sumi's First Day of School Ever
    by Soyung Pak, Joung UN Kim (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Viking Childrens Books; (July 2003)
    ISBN: 067003522X

    Tibili: The Little Boy Who Didn't Want to Go to School
    by Marie Leonard, Andree Prigent (Illustrator)
    Publisher: ranky Nell Books; Illustrated edition (March 2002)
    ISBN: 1929132204

    Tom Goes to Kindergarten
    by Margaret Wild, David Legge (Illustrator), Wendy McClure (Editor), Denise Shanahan
    Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co; (April 2000)
    ISBN: 0807580120

    Vera's First Day of School
    by Vera Rosenberry (Author)
    Publisher: Henry Holt & Company, Inc.; Reprint edition (July 1, 2003)
    ISBN: 0805072691

    Wanda's First Day
    by Mark Sperring (Author), Pope Twins (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Chicken House; (July 1, 2004)
    ISBN: 0439627737

    We Share Everything!
    by Robert N. Munsch, Michael Martchenko (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Cartwheel Books; (September 1999)
    ASIN: 0590896008

    Wemberly Worried
    by Kevin Henkes (Author)
    Publisher: Greenwillow; (July 25, 2000)
    ISBN: 0688170277

    What Did You Do Today? : The First Day of School
    by Toby Forward (Author), Carol Thompson (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Clarion Books; (August 23, 2004)
    ISBN: 061849586X

    When Kangaroo Goes to School
    by Sonia Levitin, Jeff Seaver (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Rising Moon; (September 2001)
    ISBN: 087358791X

    When You Go to Kindergarten
    by James Howe (Author), Betsy Imershein (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Harpercollins Juvenile Books; Revised and Updated edition (August 24, 1995)
    ISBN: 0688143873

    Where Is the Bear at School?
    by Bonnie Larkin Nims, Madelaine Gill (Illustrator), Kathy Tucker (Editor)
    Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co; (December 1989)
    ASIN: 0807589357

    Who's Going to Take Care of Me?
    by Michelle Magorian, James Graham Hale (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Harpercollins Juvenile Books; 1st edition (September 1990)
    ASIN: 0060241055 | All Editions

    Will You Come Back for Me?
    by Ann Tompert, Robin Kramer (Illustrator), Kathleen Tucker (Editor)
    Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co; Reprint edition (April 1992)
    ISBN: 0807591130

    Will I Have a Friend?
    by Miriam Cohen (Author), Lillian Hoban (Illustrator)
    Publisher: Aladdin Library; Reprint edition (August 31, 1989)
    ISBN: 0689713339