I thought I would be more excited for the school year to start this time around. Finally, all 4 of my children will be in one school because the twins are starting kindergarten. But truthfully, we have had such a fun summer that I am not completely ready for the non-stop fundraising, homework, field trips etc., etc., etc. As parents, we know to keep this apprehension to ourselves because we want the kids to be super stoked for starting school. Help your soon-to-be kindergarten student get excited for school with these 15 books that are sure to have them donning their backpacks in anticipation of the big day.
15 Get Ready For Kindergarten Books
- Countdown to Kindergarten by Alison McGhee – It’s ten days before kindergarten starts, and panic sets in because of what this little girl has heard from an experienced first grader. Countdown to kindergarten with her as she worries about all of the rules, only to discover she was worried for nothing and kindergarten turned out to be awesome.
- Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate – Get ready for kindergarten with Miss Bindergarten and her students while you make your way from A to Z. The fun rhymes will have your soon to be kindergartener in giggles.
- Kindergarten Rocks by Katie Davis – Thank goodness Dexter isn’t afraid of Kindergarten because he learned all about it from his older sister. If only he could ease his dog’s fears about school.
- Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? by Audrey Vernick - This is a fair question to ask yourself if you just so happen to be the owner of a rather smart buffalo.
- The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing – I am a huge fan of every book in “The Night Before…” series and this one does not disappoint. Your preschool graduates won’t have a problem shaking first day jitters after reading this silly book.
- Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten by Hyewon Yum – This boy isn’t worried about all of the changes that come with starting kindergarten – but his mom is. Luckily, he’s is there to comfort her and ease her mind.
- Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! by Nancy Carlson – Henry is so excited for kindergarten… until he gets there and his nerves kick in. It doesn’t take long to realize he has nothing to be afraid of in his new class.
- The Pirate of Kindergarten by George Ella Lyon – The school nurse gives Ginny an eye patch to help with her double vision and next thing you know, Ginny is the pirate of kindergarten!
- Adventure Annie Goes to Kindergarten by Toni Buzzeo – Annie decides to don her superhero cape for the first day of school, and she is just itching to save the day and find adventure.
- Kindergators: Hands Off, Harry! by Rosemary Wells – Kindergator Harry is having a little trouble interpreting the class rules. His classmates work together to help him learn to respect the class and his classmates. (Alligators are so uncivilized).
- A Place Called Kindergarten by Jessica Harper – All of the animals on the farm anxiously await Tommy’s return home so he can tell them every detail of his first day of kindergarten.
- The Twelve Days of Kindergarten: A Counting Book by Deborah Lee Rose – Your children will surely recognize the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas, but this story is all about kindergarten and each day the students are given new and exciting things to do in class.
- Kindergarten, Here I Come! by D.J. Steinberg – Help your little ones learn about all the fabulously fun milestones they have to look forward to in the coming year with this sweet book.
- Welcome to Kindergarten by Anne Rockwell – This little boy heads to school with his mother to meet his new teacher and explore the classroom. Follow along as he learns about all the centers in his classroom and what a day in kindergarten will look like.
- Off To Kindergarten by Tony Johnston – Bill has quite the list of belongings to bring with him on the first day of kindergarten, and while some are unrealistic (like his sandbox), this rhyming story will have your child laughing and hopefully even more excited for the start of school.
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