The Summer of Learning may be drawing to a close but there’s no end to learning! Soon kids across Kitsap will return to their classrooms—whether in their own home, or in a public or private school setting. Others will begin their school education for the first time.
For first-time students and their parents, this can be an exciting and nerve-wracking time accompanied by many questions: What will school be like? Will I make friends? What will my grown-up do all day while I’m gone? What if my teacher is a monster!?!? Talking about new situations helps children to become more comfortable and feel ready for this big transition.
Picture books are great tools to facilitate conversations about what school will be like. Here are a few titles for kiddos and their caregivers from our “First Day of School” booklist:
My Teacher is a Monster! (No I Am Not.) by Peter Brown
Bobby thinks his teacher, Ms. Kirby, is horrible, but when he sees her outside of school and they spend a day in the park together, he discovers she might not be so bad after all.
First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg
Sarah is afraid to start at a new school, but both she and the reader are in for a surprise when she gets to her class.
The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School by Deborah Diesen
Mr. Fish recalls how, on his very first day of school, he anxiously went to one classroom after another watching students do things he could not, until Miss Hewitt showed him to the room that was right for beginners.
Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney
On his first day of nursery school, Llama Llama misses his mother and is very sad until he joins the other children in play and art.
Keisha Ann Can! by Daniel Kirk
A day in the life of a confident, upbeat girl as she zips through kindergarten with gusto.
Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? By Audrey Vernick
Although kindergarten provides unique challenges for a young buffalo, he learns that one who follows the rules and tries his best will get along fine, in a heartwarming look at first-day-of-school jitters.
Remember, if you check out these or other books, make sure to fill out your Summer of Learning time trackers. There’s still time to turn in them in, and start a new school year with a brand new book!