When your child first starts school it's a big milestone, both for them and for you as a parent too. To some children the idea of starting school is incredibly exciting but to others it might seem a bit scary. We've picked out a few of our most reassuring reads to help you and your child face the first day without any wobbles at the school gates (we'll allow you a little tear of pride though!). These books will show children what to expect from their new school and make this milestone feel like the grown-up new adventure it is.
When Peppa's brother George joins her at playgroup, she doesn't want him to be there! But Peppa's friends like George and decide they want little brothers, too. Will Peppa change her mind? This reassuring tale will help children understand what a first day at preschool, nursery, playgroup or school might be like. Featuring the much-loved Peppa Pig characters, this is guaranteed to comfort and delight little ones.
Jean Adamson | 3+
Follow fun-loving twins Topsy and Tim as they start their first day at school and experience all sorts of new things, from learning where to put their coats to exploring the classroom and making new friends! Kids will love the bright, contemporary artwork and recognisable, charismatic characters.
Carol Vorderman | 3+
Children can get fully prepared for school with Carol Vorderman's wonderful collection of educational books, designed to give kids all the essential skills they'll need as they start school. These colourful books cover topics including the alphabet, numbers, phonics, early reading and writing skills, perfect for giving kids a head-start.
Lauren Child | 3+
Bestselling author Lauren Child presents a beautiful Charlie and Lola classic, but this time, little Lola is starting school! She's very nervous though, and Charlie must try to persuade her that her fears, including about the dreaded 'schooliform', are completely unfounded. This gentle and helpful story is perfect for children who are worried about going to school for the first time.
This bright and engaging Starting School book will help prepare children for that big first day! With lots of fun activities, useful information and colourful illustrations, it will boost your child's confidence and help to develop the skills they need. The book includes questions that allow children to practise important skills, colourful activities that make learning fun and will motivate children to learn at home, as well as lots of helpful tips.
Debi Gliori | 2+
This lovely picture book sees Little Owl take on his first day at school. Initially, he's very nervous and decides he'd rather stay at home with Mummy and Baby Owl than go to school. But, when he has his dreaded first day he is surprised to learn just how fun school can be. He makes friends and builds sandcastles and can't believe how much he's enjoyed himself! This lovely book, illustrated by There's a Boy Just Like Me illustrator Alison Brown, is the perfect bedtime read for those who are nervous about starting nursery or primary school.
This picture book from Janet and Allan Ahlberg provides a funny and heart-warming take on starting school to chase the nerves away. The book focuses on a group of children going through their first term at school so young readers will know what to expect. If you're looking for a reassuring book that will remove the mystery of the first day for your child, this is an excellent choice.
Amber Stewart | 3+
This collection features six story books all themed around different milestones in your child's life. My First Day sees Puddle take on his first day at school and includes a list of Ten Top Tips for kids who are about to take on their own first day. The other books in the collection see various animal characters encounter different milestones in their lives like learning to swim and letting go of their comfort blanket. This fantastic collection is just the thing for those who are unsure about the milestones heading their way, including going to school for the first time.
Roisin Hahessy | Toddlers
This lovely book shows young children how to deal with separation anxiety which some children just starting nursery or school may struggle with. If your child needs a reassuring reminder that even when they are away from you, they don't need to feel stressed and unhappy then this is the book for them.
Felicity Brooks | 5+
With over 100 stickers, children will love familiarising themselves with all the things they need to know and do when they start school. They'll help the characters get dressed, pack bags, hang up coats, change for PE, participate in art class, and enjoy lunchtime, playtime, story-time and home-time! This book is guaranteed to delight little ones and prepare them for new experiences at school.
The first day is an amazing milestone to share with your child. These ten books should help both you and your child feel reassured and ready to handle those first day nerves. We know you'll be thinking about them until home time but these lovely picture books should encourage you, just as much as them, that their first day will be an amazing opportunity to make new friends and learn new skills.