It can be scary to leave your little one in a brand new place with brand new people - and kids are bound to feel daunted, too! But with these fun and informative books, children (and parents!) can learn what to expect at their new school, from meeting their teacher to making new friends to what lessons are like. Ordered by target age, see below for the best books for children starting school.
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.
Let friendly monsters introduce crucial skills in maths, literacy, phonics and more, all in preparation for school! These colourful books help to make learning fun, engaging and interactive, with activities, stickers and a monster mask to reward and motivate. These bright books match the new curriculum and provide invaluable key skills, whilst kids will love the funny characters!
Nick Denchfield | 3+
With pop-ups, gatefold pages and tabs, this book invites children to meet Charlie, a little chick with a BIG personality, as he gets ready for school! Kids are guaranteed to feel reassured as they prepare for school with friendly little Charlie. This amusing story features pop-up fun and a giant gatefold surprise at the end. Will Charlie Chick manage to beat the bell and make it to school on time?
Julia Donaldson | 4+
Dream-team collaborators Oxford Reading Tree and Julia Donaldson present these exciting phonics activity books, which will inspire kids aged between 4 and 6 to develop essential phonics, reading and writing skills. Bright, bold and seriously fun, kids won't be able to put these books down. They're bursting with engaging activities, some of which can be completed with the stickers provided. Kids can get to grips with letters, pronouncing and identifying sounds, and developing vital reading skills, ideal for giving them a head-start at school.
Pat Thomas | 5+
With beautiful, delicate illustrations and a sensitive approach, this picture book is perfect for children starting school for the first time. It encourages children to discover the joy of learning new things, meeting new people and having new experiences. Valuable advice is included at the back for parents and teachers.
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.
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