Books to help prepare your child for preschool
Books can help kids overcome their fears about starting preschool. In the months and weeks before your child starts preschool, go on a special trip to the bookstore or library to peruse the preparing-for-preschool kid lit offerings. (If you haven’t yet gotten your child a library card, now is a good time.)
Preparing for preschool books
Chrysanthemum’s parents knew she was something special the moment she was born, so they gave her an “absolutely perfect” name. But when she starts school, Chrysanthemum’s classmates tease her because of her unusual – and unusually long – moniker. She’s miserable, reluctantly dragging herself to school, until the lovely music teacher Mrs. Twinkle comes to her rescue. This wonderful book teaches kids to embrace who they are and the ways they may be different from their classmates – a valuable lesson for any kid who’s anxious about not fitting in with a new group.
The rambunctious protagonist of the popular No, David! is back and boisterously brimming with trouble as he starts school. But somehow, after his misbehavior prompts cries of “Sit down, David!” “Wait your turn, David!” and “That’s it, Mister!” the unruly student is given a chance to redeem himself by helping out in the classroom. He does and is rewarded with praise – “Good job, David!” – and a gold star. David Goes to School is a satisfying story of trial and redemption for children who may be prone to misbehavior – in other words, for all children.
Anyone who is a fan of Lauren Child’s funny, quirky, wonderfully sly sibling duo Charlie and Lola – who readers may recognize from the delicious I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato – will enjoy this delightful take on starting school. Lola’s not sold on school, she’s “too extremely busy doing important things at home,” she tells older brother, Charlie. But with the help of Lola’s invisible friend, Soren Lorenson, Charlie manages to persuade her to give it a try. The story will amuse – and help assuage school jitters.
Chester Raccoon is nervous about starting school, so his mother kisses his palm and tells him that, whenever he misses her, he can press his hand to his cheek and feel her love. It works for Chester Raccoon – and, sentimental as it is, it might work for your child, too. Other books with the theme of a mother’s love following her child wherever he goes, even when they are apart: Kathi Appelt’s Oh My Baby, Little One and Francesca Rusackas’ I Love You All Day Long.
Learning about Maisy mouse’s preschool experiences will help kids who are uncertain as to what is in store for them. Maisy’s day at school includes hanging up her coat on a special peg, painting, snack time, stories, a trip to the bathroom, a nap, music, outdoor play and saying goodbye at the end of the day. Sounds like a fun day, and hopefully it will sound appealing to uneasy children as well.