Books to help with starting school or kinder

The Day You Begin

The Day You Begin

Jacqueline Woodson, Rafael Lopez

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpre Illustrator Award winner Rafael Lopez have teamed up to create a...

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Old Friends, New Friends

Old Friends, New Friends

Andrew Daddo, Jonathan Bentley

A brand-new school year! I can't wait! Hang on...None of my old friends are in my new class...

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Maddie's First Day

Maddie’s First Day

Penny Matthews, Liz Anelli

First day of school, new experiences and making friends play centre stage for this book for the pre-school age.

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Starting School

Jane Godwin, Anna Walker

From Jane Godwin and Anna Walker comes this beautiful book focusing on the experiences and feelings of five very different children as they begin at school for the first time. Jane's simple words and ideas combine with Anna's...

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Mum at School

Mum at School

Eric Veille

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Getting Ready for School!

Getting Ready for School!

Alessandra Psacharopulo

It's the first day of school and time to wake up! Follow the animals as they rise, brush their teeth, eat breakfast, grab their book bags, and go. Finally, on the last page, they arrive in class for lessons and good times with...

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Mae s First Day of School

Mae s First Day of School

Kate Berube

As Mae's first day of school approaches she decides she IS. NOT. GOING.

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Phoenix Goes to School: A Story to Support Transgender and Gender Diverse Children

Phoenix Goes to School: A Story to Support Transgender and Gender Diverse Children

Michelle Finch, Phoenix Finch

Phoenix wants to wear her favourite purple dress to express her gender, but she is scared of being bullied on her first day of school. Follow Phoenix's journey as she arrives at school, makes some friends, stands up for herself,...

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I Don't Want to Go to School

I Don’t Want to Go to School

Stephanie Blake

Country of Origin: France There was once a cheeky little rabbit. You might know him already. When his mother told him, 'Simon, tomorrow is your first day of school!' he replied, 'I'm not going.' Simon - the little...

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First Day

First Day

Andrew Daddo, Jonathan Bentley

The must-have picture book for every child starting school, with a clever twist all parents will relate to! Are you ready?

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On the First Day of School

On the First Day of School

P. Crumble, Dean Rankine

On the first day of school, my teacher said to me, Raise your hand if you have to do a wee. Starting school has never been more hilarious. Join Australian musical theatre and television actress, Penny McNamee, for some joyful...

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Miffy at School

Miffy at School

Dick Bruna

Miffy goes to school and has a satisfying day writing, singing, drawing, reading and playing.    

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The Things I Love About School

The Things I Love About School

Trace Moroney

Addresses the everyday world of preschoolers and encourages them to think about themselves in relation to everything around them.

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Ozzie Goes to School

Ozzie Goes to School

Jocelyn Crabb, Danny Snell

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Going to School

Going to School

Rose Blake

Explore a day in the life of a little girl at school with an unfolding visual narrative that young children will have fun making out for themselves.

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Spot Goes to School

Spot Goes to School

Eric Hill

Suitable for parents readying themselves and their children for the concept of school, and all the fun that can be had there, this title helps young children learn along with everyone's favourite puppy, Spot, and his friends.

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Stuff to Know When You Start School

Stuff to Know When You Start School

DK

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Why I Love School

Why I Love School

Daniel Howarth

Featuring children's own words and heart-warming pictures, this book is a perfect celebration of all that's fun about school!

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First Day

First Day

Margaret Wild, Kim Gamble

On the first day of school...Alex hopes she will make a friend,Salma wants to learn to write NOWStephen is a little bit scared,and Penny is as wriggly as a tadpole.Khalil is the best at tying shoelaces,and Jun just wants to...

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This School Year Will Be the Best!

This School Year Will Be the Best!

Kay Winters, Renee Andriani

On the first day of school, new classmates are asked to share what they would most like to happen in the upcoming year. Some kids' hopes are familiar while others are off-the-wall. Everyone's wishes are shown in humorously...

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Hugless Douglas Goes to Little School

Hugless Douglas Goes to Little School

David Melling

A board book edition of this bestselling Hugless Douglas story - perfect for back to school!

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Molly and Mae

Danny Parker, Freya Blackwood

Friendship is like a train journey.

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This Is Our House

This Is Our House

Michael Rosen, Bob Graham

A gentle tale for pre-schoolers, introducing the concept of sharing in the playground from multi award winning author and poet Michael Rosen.

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Billie's School Stories

Billie’s School Stories

Sally Rippin

What does the B in Billie B Brown stand for? Books, backpacks and best friends! Join Billie B Brown in her three favourite school stories!

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Wombat Goes to School

Wombat Goes to School

Jackie French, Bruce Whatley

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How to Hide a Lion at School

How to Hide a Lion at School

Helen Stephens

Lions aren't allowed at school, but Iris's lion doesn't want to be left behind. He even stows away on the school trip to the museum, causing much madness and mayhem as he hides among the exhibits. The third warm and funny...

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Miss Molly's School of Manners

Miss Molly’s School of Manners

James Maclaine, Rosie Reeve

A charmingly illustrated picture book about a little raccoon called Algernon and his extraordinary day at Miss Molly's school. Algernon's manners are bad at first... but lessons in the Sharing Studio and Listening Carefully Lab,...

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Five Little Ducks Went Off to School

Five Little Ducks Went Off to School

Peter Millett, Stevie Mahardhika

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Mum at School

Mum at School

Eric Veille

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Chu's First Day at School

Chu’s First Day at School

Neil Gaiman, Adam Rex

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I am Too Absolutely Small for School

I am Too Absolutely Small for School

Lauren Child

Although Lola agrees with her brother that it would be useful to learn how to write, read and count, she can't go to school because her invisible friend's too nervous to go.

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The Conversation Train

The Conversation Train

Joel Shaul

This inventive picture book uses the metaphor of a train to clearly explain basic conventions of conversation to children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). As well as attractive color photographs of trains, the book also...

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Just Jack

Just Jack

Jane Tanner

Jack was getting ready for his first day at kinder. He wouldn't know anyone. How would he make friends? Then Jack had an idea. He put on his red-and-blue suit, his yellow cape, his special socks, his gumboots and, last of all, his...

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Goat Goes to Playgroup

Goat Goes to Playgroup

Julia Donaldson, Nick Sharratt

Playgroup has begun. Time to have some fun.

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Little Owl's First Day

Little Owl’s First Day

Debi Gliori, Alison Brown

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Goose Goes to School (book&CD)

Goose Goes to School (book&CD)

Laura Wall

First published in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, UK, by Award Publications Limited in 2012.

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School'S First Day of School

School’S First Day of School

Adam Rex, Christian Robinson

It's the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone's just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself. What will the children do once they come? Will they like the school? Will they be nice to him?

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Look, There's A Hippopotamus In The Playground Eating Cake

Look, There’s A Hippopotamus In The Playground Eating Cake

Hazel Edwards

Starting school can be scary, but nothing is impossible when you have a hippopotamus who lives on your roof, and eats cake! So, a little girl takes her hippopotamus along to school, and together they face those first-day-at-school...

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Jack's School Stories

Jack’s School Stories

Sally Rippin, Stephanie Spartels

Three favourites from Hey Jack! Join in with this hilarious blockbuster series from the award-winning Sally Rippin, author of the Billie B Brown series!

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George's First Day at Playgroup: Sticker Book

George’s First Day at Playgroup: Sticker Book

It is George's first day at playgroup and Peppa doesn't really want him there. But when all of her friends want a little brother too, will Peppa change her mind?

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Starting School

Starting School

Allan Ahlberg, Janet Ahlberg

From first day nerves to finding your peg, this reassuring read is full of humour and fun for children and parents alike. It offers advice and enjoyment for the whole family before school starts.

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The New Kid

The New Kid

Marie Louise Fitzpatrick

A powerful story about the importance of being yourself.

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I'm Starting School: First Phonics

I’m Starting School: First Phonics

Pat-a-Cake, Becky Down

Essential wipe-clean activity books that give children a head start at primary school.

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I'm Starting School: First Writing

I’m Starting School: First Writing

Pat-a-Cake, Becky Down

Essential wipe-clean activity books that give children a head start at primary school.

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Wipe-clean Counting

Wipe-clean Counting

Hannah Watson, Marina Aizen

A colourful wipe-clean activity book to help young children learn how to count to 20 and write their numbers. The simple number activities are great for learning key counting, ordering and pen control skills, and the pages are...

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Alfie at Nursery School

Alfie at Nursery School

Shirley Hughes

Alfie loves Nursery School - and so does Annie Rose! She can't wait to go there with him - in fact she's so desperate to join in that she gets Alfie into a very sticky situation in this collection of nursery school tales.

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My First Day at School

My First Day at School

Meredith Costain

My First Day at School is designed to help reassure and prepare school-age children for that magical first day in an unfamiliar environment. It follows the experiences and emotions of four very different children...

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