Best Books to Read to Your Uncertain Child Starting Kindergarten

by Ivy B
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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!

On the First Day of Kindergarten

The Night Before Kindergarten

Kindergarten Rocks!

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten (Miss Bindergarten Books (Paperback))

Clifford Goes to Kindergarten

Adventure Annie Goes to Kindergarten

Scholastic Reader Level 1: Ready for Kindergarten, Stinky Face?

Kindergarten Countdown

Countdown to Kindergarten

Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come (Picture Puffins)

The Night Before Kindergarten (Sticker Stories)

First Day Jitters (Mrs. Hartwells classroom adventures)

Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes

The Kissing Hand (The Kissing Hand Series)

Kindergarten Diary

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 😉
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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 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!!
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Ivy B August 8, 2017 - 3:33 pm

Actually, I do have a list for Preschoolers too 🙂

soulmatge February 5, 2020 - 9:54 pm

Amazing collection. Thanks for sharing.


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