8 Children’s Books about Going to School

I’m excited to report that my three-year-old is now enrolled in preschool. He’s adjusting well and describes what he does during the day (“We read Pete the Cat!”) and the projects he works on. He talks about his friends, what they played with and even what they wore (“Paul is the one with the black and white striped shirt.”). I hope he continues to thrive in his new environment.

Books about going to schoolBooks about going to schoolBooks about going to schoolAs I do with major changes in his life, I found children’s books we can read together to help him sort through any emotions and expectations he may have about entering preschool. Below are 8 children’s books about going to school well worth a read:

  1. The Berenstain Bears Go to School by Stan Berenstain
  2. Maisy Goes to Preschool by Lucy Cousins
  3. Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin
  4. Froggy Goes to School by Jonathan London
  5. The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School by Laura Murray
  6. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
  7. Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate (this was a particular favorite, to the point where I had to keep renewing the book from the library because he kept wanting to read it!)
  8. How Do Dinosaurs Go To School?  by Jane Yolen

Edit: Below are more books based on SSBE reader recommendations:

  1.  Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney
  2.  The Kiss Box by Bonnie Verburg

Which books have you read? Do you have other recommendations to introduce the idea of school to kids?

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Nina is a working mom to three boys—a five-year-old and toddler twins. She blogs about parenting at Sleeping Should Be Easy, where she writes everything she's learning about being mom and all its joys and challenges. She also covers topics like how kids learn and play, family life, being a working mom and life with twins. Download her free ebook, "Time Management Strategies for the Overwhelmed Mom" for more tips.


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  1. Karen says

    Thanks for this list! My son will soon be changing schools and I think adding as many of these as we can find in the library will help the transition. We did a quick initial visit of the grounds and he is saying he wants to go there now so I think our transition is off to a good start. So glad to know your little one is enjoying his preschool experience!
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      Karen, that’s great to hear that Eli wants to go to school… that’s always a good sign! We also did orientation and gradually extended the hours he was there. I’m sure it’ll be normal for a transition period but in the long run I think he sounds good to go :)
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  2. Ana says

    Another good book is “Llama Llama Misses Mama” by Anna Dewdney. It’s another awesome back-to-school book. Helped Lucas to remember that I can’t be at school with him but that I’ll be waiting for him with a big smile and open arms at the end of the day. Love the Llama Llama series. :)