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Best Books to Read to Your Uncertain Child Starting Kindergarten

by Ivy B

Going back to school and starting a new grade can be a stressful time in your child’s life.  These are some of the best books about kindergarten you can read to help your uncertain child starting kindergarten.

For my kiddo, starting Kindergarten after Preschool filled her with anxiety.  At first, she was really excited about going back to school.  That is, until it came up in conversation that she wouldn’t be returning to her old school.

You may think, having gone through preschool, your child is ready for Kindergarten.

But the truth is, changing schools, even for a well-adjusted preschooler, can come with difficult emotions.  Just as they’ve become accustomed to their routines, friends, and teacher, they entered into summer.

And then the harsh reality (for a new Kindergartner) is learning that things are going to change again.

“Will my friends be there? Why can’t I go to my old school?”

My daughter was full of questions.  Emotions were all over the place.

As is standard, I helped her find answers and comfort through books.

We spent lots of time discussing that she would have a new teacher and make new friends.  And, of course, there was the possibility she’d see some of her friends from her old school.

If your child is having some difficulty with the idea of changing schools, making new friends, or the idea of starting kindergarten, check out these books which may help ease some of those pre-Kindergarten jitters.

These are some of the best books about Kindergarten I could find.

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Kindergarten Jitters?  Best Books about Kindergarten

These are some of the best books for the child starting Kindergarten.  And, I’m not just blindly recommending some of these books … I’ve used them with my own child and tried to include books that had good ratings.

Kindergarten, Here I Come!
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Steinberg, D.J. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 06/14/2012 (Publication Date) – Grosset & Dunlap (Publisher)
On the First Day of Kindergarten: A Kindergarten Readiness Book For Kids
  • Hardcover Book
  • Rabe, Tish (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 06/21/2016 (Publication Date) – HarperCollins (Publisher)
The Night Before Kindergarten
  • illustrations
  • easy readin
  • tells a story to pre-school kids
  • kindergarten
  • Part of the Reading Railroad Series
Kindergarten Rocks!: A Kindergarten Readiness Book for Kids
  • Davis, Katie (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 06/01/2008 (Publication Date) – Clarion Books (Publisher)
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten (Miss Bindergarten Books (Paperback))
  • Slate, Joseph (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages – 07/09/2001 (Publication Date) – Puffin Books (Publisher)
Clifford Goes to Kindergarten (Classic Storybook)
  • Bridwell, Norman (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 04/28/2015 (Publication Date) – Scholastic Inc. (Publisher)
Adventure Annie Goes to Kindergarten
  • Buzzeo, Toni (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 07/11/2013 (Publication Date) – Puffin Books (Publisher)
Scholastic Reader Level 1: Ready for Kindergarten, Stinky Face?
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Mccourt, Lisa (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 07/01/2010 (Publication Date) – Cartwheel Books (Publisher)
Kindergarten Countdown: A Book for Kindergarteners
  • Hays, Anna Jane (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 24 Pages – 07/09/2013 (Publication Date) – Dragonfly Books (Publisher)

“MY SCHOOL STARTS in one week soI have SEVEN DAYS to go. Mom says be patient, do not worry. But I can’t wait! I’m in a hurry!”In this delightful book a little girl counts off the days by naming what she’ll do in kindergarten. “I’ll be ready, I’ll be smart. I will get a running start. I’ll say thank you, I’ll say please. I will say my ABCs!” And deciding what to wear and what to take are all part of her preparation for that exciting first day. With bouncy read-aloud rhyme, bright, fun illustrations, and hidden objects to find on each page, Kindergarten Countdown gets children off on the right foot.

Countdown to Kindergarten
  • McGhee, Alison (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 07/01/2006 (Publication Date) – Clarion Books (Publisher)

“Told with gentle humor by Alison McGhee and brought to exuberant life by New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss, this lighthearted take on pre-kindergarten anxiety will bring a smile to the face of every child–and parent–having first-day jitters.”

Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come (Picture Puffins)
  • Carlson, Nancy (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 07/09/2001 (Publication Date) – Puffin Books (Publisher)

“The first day of kindergarten is finally here, and Henry can’t wait to paint pictures, sing songs, and practice counting. When he gets to school, though, he’s not so sure he’s ready for kindergarten. But before long Henry discovers that the only thing he’s not ready for is how much fun he’s going to have at school! This gently humorous, encouraging story will give children about to enter kindergarten an extra boost of confidence.”

The Night Before Kindergarten (Sticker Stories)
  • Wing, Natasha (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 16 Pages – 05/12/2011 (Publication Date) – Grosset & Dunlap (Publisher)

“Join a whole bunch of excited kids as they begin a new adventure–kindergarten! Includes more than 75 stickers so little readers can act out getting ready for kindergarten and having fun on the first day of school.”

First Day Jitters (Mrs. Hartwells classroom adventures) by Julie Danneberg (2000-02-01)
  • Hardcover Book
  • unknown author (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 01/01/1704 (Publication Date) – Charlesbridge (Publisher)
Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes: A Back to School Book for Kids
  • Hardcover Book
  • Litwin, Eric (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages – 07/26/2011 (Publication Date) – HarperCollins (Publisher)
The Kissing Hand (The Kissing Hand Series)
  • Penn, Audrey (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 08/04/2020 (Publication Date) – Tanglewood (Publisher)
Kindergarten Diary
  • Hardcover Book
  • Portis, Antoinette (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 06/22/2010 (Publication Date) – HarperCollins (Publisher)

Do you have any books about kindergarten to add to this list?

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Janine Huldie August 2, 2017 - 12:32 pm

As the mom to two former kindergarten girls only a year a part, I can honestly say we read almost all of the above. Plus both my girl’s favorite was The Kissing Hand. So that one I always recommend to all my friends with younger kids entering school for the first time, too 😉

Ivy B August 2, 2017 - 2:22 pm

YES! We read The Kissing Hand for my daughter’s first time in VPK. Thanks for your feedback 🙂

Gail August 2, 2017 - 2:16 pm

These all look wonderful. I’ll definitely need to get some for my son!

Emily @DomesticDeadline.com August 7, 2017 - 2:26 pm

Mine are all much bigger now, but I remember the kissing hand as a favorite when they were little and going back to school. Thank you for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

Bri Adams August 8, 2017 - 2:07 pm

This is a fabulous list! Thank you so much. I am fortunate to have Kindergarten in the same school as preschool but we may use some of these for the transition to first grade at a new school. These would also be great for starting preschool. Just change the wording. My baby will be starting next year and I’m totally freaking out!!

Ivy B August 8, 2017 - 3:33 pm

Actually, I do have a list for Preschoolers too 🙂 https://www.sahmplus.com/going-to-preschool-reduce-anxiety-get-excited/

soulmatge February 5, 2020 - 9:54 pm

Amazing collection. Thanks for sharing.

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