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10 Great Books For Children Who Are Starting School

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The right book at the right time can allay your anxieties, buoy you up, or cheer you on. This is just as true for children, but they need you to find the right books for them. With that in mind, we're here to bring you some of the best children's books about going to school for the first time.

This is a list of books to offer your child a window into the unknown, alleviate their fears, and prepare them for new adventures. 

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Clifford Goes To Dog School

Even dogs need to learn about good behavior. The lovable Clifford proves that big red dogs can learn new tricks.

In some cases, very reluctant children can refuse to even discuss going to school, but this sweet little book could help you approach the issue sideways. 

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Bobbo Goes To School

There some clever books that take the one degree of separation approach by sending a beloved toy to school as a vanguard to the child.

In this book, Lily's Teddy, Bobbo, is thrown on top of a bus and accidentally whisked away to school. Lily gets her first glimpse of school when she visits the classroom to collect Bobbo.

Shirley Hughes can always be relied upon to produce a beautiful book with gorgeous illustrations. 

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Come to School Too, Blue Kangaroo!

Lily thinks that her beloved Blue Kangaroo is just as nervous as she is about starting school. He even has a tummy ache on the first day.

Blue Kangaroo is left behind on a windowsill when the children go home and, by a magical twist, gets to enjoy all the great experiences of school.

This is a sweet and reassuring book to read ahead of the first day.

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Sam and Gram and the First Day of School

Published under the auspices of The American Psychological Association, this is the ideal book to prepare any child in a straightforward way for what to expect at school.

Sam and Gram comes with extra information for parents to help you guide new school-goers through this transition, including special sections on "Things To Do" and "Things To Talk About."

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Chu's First Day of School

Another picture book from one of my favorite authors, about Chu, the sneezing panda.

Chu is adorable and his first day antics will make children laugh and forget their worries. Recommended for children from two to five years old.

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Charlie and Lola: I Am Too Absolutely Small for School

Headstrong Lola declares that she is absolutely too small for school. Her big brother, Charlie tells her all the best things about school and reassures her that her invisible friend, Soren Lorenson, will be there too.

Charlie convinces Lola that she might be just the right size for school.

This one comes with the highest recommendation from my own five-year-old girl.

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The Kissing Hand

This is the sweetest book and as helpful to aching mothers as their nervous children.

Chester Racoon is anxious about his first day of school. His mum, Mrs. Racoon, has a wonderful secret that will make his schooldays just as warm and cosy as the days he spent at home with her.

Don't miss this one; it's special.

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If your little one is about to start school, now is the perfect time to seek out the perfect book, snuggle up and let them know they are not alone. If you have any suggestions for this list, let me know in the comments below.

Irish blogger and book reviewer. Official contributor to Bookwitty.com and author of Bookwitty's monthly 'Cooking the Books' feature. Erstwhile microbiologist with an MSc in Food Science, she ... Show More

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