School is quickly approaching…only a few more weeks of summer around here! I thought I would give you a heads-up on some great books to prepare your child (and yourself) for the special days ahead.
The Kissing Handis probably one of the most popular books for parents to read to their children getting ready to go to school. It’s an endearing tale of a Mama Raccoon and little Chester Raccoon. Chester is getting ready for his first day of school and he is worried about leaving his Mama. To help alleviate Chester’s fears, Mama Raccoon gives Chester a kiss right on the palm of his hand and tells him to put it to his cheek whenever he is missing Mama. A must-read for every parent/child when heading off to school!
Owen by Kevin Henkes is a precious story of a little guy named Owen who is getting ready to head off to school. But Owen is quite discouraged when he finds out he can’t take his beloved blanket (Fuzzy) with him to school. What’s Owen to do? Thankfully, his mom comes up with a solution that lets Owen keep Fuzzy with him all the time.
The Night Before Preschool by Natasha Wing is the perfect book to read to children getting ready to go to preschool! Other books can be found by the same author: The Night Before Kindergarten and The Night Before First Grade.
Chrysanthemum(another wonderful book by Kevin Henkes) is currently Big Brother’s favorite book. Chrysanthemum loves her name! It is absolutely perfect…until she goes to school. The other children tease her by saying things like “it is soooo long (it scarcely fits on your name tag)” and “I was named after my grandmother, you were named after a flower.” Chrysanthemum wilts. But a special teacher makes all the difference in her life and she realizes to like herself for who she is!
I absolutely loved reading My Teacher Sleeps in Schoolto my students on the first day of school! It is a silly story about a belief that young children often have…that their teacher lives at the school. In fact, there was one year that I brought my house slippers and put curlers in my hair the very next day after reading this book. Of course, I told the children afterwards, but we all had fun with this book!
What is your favorite “back to school” book?