My oldest daughter be going to kindergarten this week (sniff, sniff) and we have been reading lots kindergarten books to prepare. Here are our favorites (in no particular order)…
Planet Kindergarten by Sue Ganz-Schmitt- This is the perfect book for a kid (or parent) who loves space. Everything about the first day of kindergarten is related to a space mission. The teacher is the commander, the classroom is a capsule, and classmates are crewmates. Hilarious story with very cute illustrations!
Kindergarten Rocks! by Katie Davis- Dexter’s big sister tells him all about kindergarten and helps him find his lost stuffed animal on the first day.
Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten! by Hyewon Yum- In this story the mom is nervous about kindergarten and her son had to reassure her that everything will be fine. The illustrations show mom small and blue when she is anxious and big and colorful when she feels fine.
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate- This rhyming book shows the teacher and her twenty-six students (from Adam the alligator to Zach the zebra) getting ready for kindergarten.
Look Out, Kindergarten, Here I Come! by Nancy Carlson- It is a simple story about a little mouse who is excited and then a little nervous about kindergarten. It is written in both English and Spanish.
The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten by Maureen Fergus- Just as the title says, Mom comes to kindergarten… and embarrasses her daughter because she doesn’t know the rules.
Tom Goes to Kindergarten by Margaret Wild- Tom the Panda is nervous about kindergarten so his parents stay with him the first day. Then they want to come back because it is so much fun!
The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing- Cute book that is written in the style of “The Night Before Christmas.” My daughter thought it was funny that the teacher had to ask the crying parents to leave.
The Berenstain Bears Go To School by Stan & Jan Berenstain- Sister Bear is nervous about going to kindergarten in the Bear Country School so she meets her teacher and checks out her classroom. On the first day of school she has lots of fun building blocks, painting pictures, and looking at books.
Kindergarten Countdown by Anna Jane Hays- This rhyming book counts down the week before kindergarten with numbers and days of the week.