5 books to read with a first-time kindergartner

Posted at 12:16 PM, Aug 11, 2016

Ready for the first day of kindergarten?

Kindergarten is where children take their first giant step into school life. It’s a juggle of emotions for the entire family.

At the end of a busy day, taking time to read together is a fantastic way for parents and kids to connect and talk about school.

The five books listed here perfectly capture the roller coaster ride of starting school.

Kindergarten, Here I Come!

Written by DJ. Steinberg

Go through an entire year of Kindergarten with this picture book that introduces many students’ favorite activities such as reading, playtime and even the 100th day of school through poems both parents and kids will enjoy.

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The Night Before Kindergarten

Written by Natasha Wing

Author Natasha Wing puts a playful twist on the familiar piece by setting it the night before the first day of school The kids are anxious, but not in a good way. Will they figure out that kindergarten isn’t so scary? Pick up this beautiful picture book and find out.

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Dear Teacher

Written by Amy Husband

When Michael decides he doesn’t want to go to school, he writes a note to his teacher explaining why he might be late for the first day of school (hint: he’s going on a secret mission). When his teacher responds, the story unfolds in a flurry of fun and heartfelt letters. This picture book is not specifically about kindergarten, but deals with student nerves’ in an fun and approachable way.


Ramona the Pest

Written by Beverly Cleary

Ramona Quimby has entertained children and parents for decades with her mischief and “spunky” ways. In this chapter book, Ramona can’t contain her excitement about kindergarten, but discovers being a big kid is harder than she thought. A perfect read-aloud book for the family.


Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus (Junie B. Jones, No. 1)

Written by Barbara Park

Main character Junie B. seems destined to find trouble no matter where she goes. As she starts kindergarten, she faces her fears of the school bus, mean kids and fitting in. This small chapter book launched a popular series for young readers, who seem to love Junie B. because she doesn’t always make the right choices, but manages to learn from her amusing mistakes.