The Kissing Hand
Written by Audrey Penn
Illustrated by Ruth E. Harper
This classic and beloved book has been around for over twenty years. The Kissing Hand tells the story of Chester Raccoon, who doesn’t want to go to school. So to help calm his fears Mrs. Raccoon kisses his palm and tells him to press his hand to his cheek whenever he feels lonely. This act of kindness provides Chester with a way to take her love and reassurance with him wherever he goes. Great strategy for all of us as parents and caregivers! This is a favourite of mine!
Franklin Goes to School
Written by Paulette Bourgeois
Illustrated by Brenda Clark
Another classic story to help children on their first day at school. Franklin the turtle is both excited and nervous to begin his first day of school. He tells his mom that his tummy feels “full” of jumping frogs. However, Franklin soon forgets the uncomfortable feeling in his stomach as he makes new friends and they share new adventures together. Franklin quickly learns that school is fun!
The Berenstain Bears Go to School
Written by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain
Illustrated by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain
Another “oldie” but a “goodie”. The Berenstain Bears have been storybook favourites with kids and their parents/caregivers for over fifty years. Contained within this classic storybook is a tale of how Sister Bear overcomes her fears surrounding the first day of school with the help of Brother Bear and new found friends. Both as an educator and as a parent I found this book to be very helpful with children facing new school situations.
First Day Jitters
Written by Julie Danneberg
Illustrated by Judy Love
As Sarah Jane faces her first day at school she ponders over questions that many of us have asked ourselves, and now we may have children who might be asking the same – Will I make new friends? Will I like it at school? The surprise ending to First Day Jitters will delight young and old alike.
How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?
Written by Jane Yolen
Illustrated by Mark Teague
How Do Dinosaurs Go to School is written with playful rhymes. It is less focused on the worries and fears brought about by a child’s first day at school and more on teaching kids positive classroom behaviours. The author accomplishes her objective under the guise of rambunctious and respectful dinosaurs. A must read!