Off to School

Books to read aloud to children getting ready to start kindergarten

In the Picture Book Collection

Aliki. Marianthe’s Story: Painted Words
Mari starts school in a new land.

Buzzeo, Toni. Adventure Annie Goes to Kindergarten
A little girl who loves adventure has an exciting first day of school.


Cazet, Denys. Born in the Gravy
A Mexican-American girl tells her father all about her first day at kindergarten.

Child, Lauren. I Am Too Absolutely Small for School
Lola is worried about going to school, but the presence of her imaginary friend, Loren Sorensen, convinces her that all will be well.

Cohen, Miriam. Will I Have a Friend?
Jim worries about finding a friend in school and spends the first day searching for one.

Davis, Katie. Kindergarten Rocks!
Dexter is not at all nervous about his first day of kindergarten. His stuffed dog Rufus, on the other hand, is very nervous.


Dannenberg, Julie. First Day Jitters
Sarah is afraid to start school, but she and the reader are in for a big surprise when she gets to class! Also available in Spanish as Qué nervios! : el primer día de escuela.

Millman, Isaac. Moses Goes to School
Moses and his friends enjoy the first day at their school for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.


Parr, Todd.  Otto Goes to School
Otto goes to school, where he makes friends and learns to wag his tail without knocking things over.

Robbins, Jacqui. The New Girl…and Me
Mia wants to make friends with the new girl in her class, but she is too shy to approach her.


Rusackas, Francesca. I Love You All Day Long
No matter what Owen does throughout the day at school, his mother loves him while he’s doing it.

Scotton, Rob. Splat the Cat
Splat finds his first day at cat school to be much better than expected.


Slate, Joseph. Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten
Miss Bindergarten and her animal students get ready for the first day of school in this humorous alphabet book.

Stuve-Bodeen, Stephanie. Elizabeti’s School
Though she enjoys the first day of school, Elizabeti misses her family and wonders if it would’ve been better to stay home.


Uegaki, Chieri. Suki’s Kimono
No matter what her parents say, Suki insists on wearing her blue kimono, a gift from her grandmother, on the first day of school.

Wells, Rosemary. My Kindergarten
Miss Cribbage’s kindergarten class does something interesting every day of the school year -- science, language, art, geography, music and holidays.


Wells, Rosemary. Yoko Writes Her Name
Yoko, a kindergartener, not only can write her letters and numbers in English, but also shows her teacher and classmates how to write their names using Japanese calligraphy.

Yum, Hyewon. Mom, It's My First Day of Kindergarten!
A boy is ready and eager on his first day at "the big kids' school," but first he must calm his very worried mother.

In the Readers Collection

Corey, Shana. First Graders from Mars. Episode 1: Horus’s Horrible Day
Horus the Martian gets off to a rocky start on his first day of school, but soon discovers that first grade is not as bad as he thought.

Hoban, Lillian. Arthur’s Back to School Day
On the first day of school, Arthur and his friend unknowingly switch lunchboxes.


Van Leeuwen, Jean. Amanda Pig, School Girl
Amanda Pig’s first day of school lives up to her happy expectations.

Michalak, Jamie. Joe and Sparky Go to School
A turtle and a giraffe hop onto a bus that is headed for school, where they learn many new things.



Picture Books for Older Readers (in the Fiction Collection)

Borden, Louise. Off to First Grade
Each member of a first grade class, plus the principal, a teacher and the bus driver, express nervousness, excitement or hope as they get ready for the first day of school.

Talbert, Clifton L. Little Cliff’s First Day of School
Little Cliff is terrified of starting school, but with Mama Pearl’s encouragement, he is able to overcome his fears.



In the Non-Fiction Collection

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Howe, James. When You Go to Kindergarten
Photographs and text tell kids what to expect when they start kindergarten.


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Jackson, Ellen. It’s Back to School We Go! First Day Stories From Around the World
Fictional children from countries such as Kenya, Japan, Kazakhstan, and India talk about what it’s like to go to school in their country.

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Marx, Trish and Ellen B. Senisi. Kindergarten day USA and China
See photos of a day in an American kindergarten classroom. Then flip the book over to see a day in a kindertarten classroom in China!