Top 10 Best Books for Children Starting School

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.

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1. Peppa Pig: George's First Day at Playgroup

Toddlers

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.

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2. Topsy and Tim Start School

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.

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3. Starting School with Carol Vorderman

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.

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4. I am Too Absolutely Small for School

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.

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5. Collins Starting School Ages 3-5

Collins Easy Learning | 3+

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.

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6. Letts Monster Practice: Ages 3-5

3+

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!

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7. Charlie Chick Goes to School

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?

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8. Songbirds Activity Series

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.

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9. Starting School: Do I Have to Go to 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.

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10. Starting School Sticker Book

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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Looking for more brilliant books for little readers? Check out our full range of early years books.

  • ADVBL 3 years +
    3 years +
    • £4.99
    Topsy and Tim are always finding fun adventures in the real world, and this start school story is reassuring for young children having first experiences of their own. In "Topsy and Tim: Start School" follow Topsy and Tim as they learn where to hang their coats, find out all about the classroom and make new friends. Topsy and Tim are a trusted and well-loved pair who can help guide parents and children through 'first experiences' such as starting school, Topsy and Tim books have been beautifully updated with contemporary artwork. Topsy & Tim remain instantly recognisable to parents while in a fresh style that will appeal to a new generation of fans. Re-launched in April 2008 with the bestselling titles "Learning to Swim", "The New Baby", "Start School", "Go on an Aeroplane", "Go Green" and "Have a Birthday Party" these wonderful books deserve a place on the bookshelves of the next generation.
  • AHEEG 5 years +
    5 years +
    • £5.89
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    Charlie's little sister Lola is nearly big enough to go to school...but Lola is not so sure. She thinks it probably would be useful to read and write and count, but she doesn't really have time for lessons - she's much too busy doing extremely important things at home. And anyway, Lola's invisible friend, Soren Lorensen, is slightly nervous about going to school.For the first time, this original Charlie and Lola story is available as a chunky board book that's just right for little hands. This wonderfully imaginative tale of starting-school worries is perfect for sharing with the very youngest Charlie and Lola fans.
  • Songbirds Activity Collection - 8 Books - Collection - 9780192743114 - Julia Donaldson
    SBAC 4 years +
    4 years +
    (3)
    • £6.99
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    From the dream combination of Oxford Reading Tree and Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson, these phonics activity books will inspire children aged between 4 and 6 to develop all their essential reading and writing skills.

    Bright and boldly presented in a very appealing style, the books are packed full of fun and engaging activities, some of which can be completed using the stickers provided. This will help children develop their coordination skills.

    With eight books to work through, these books provide a great way for children to practise pronouncing and identifying sounds, getting to grips with letters and developing key reading skills - at an early age - in the comfort of their own home.
  • AHUDC 5 years +
    5 years +
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    A fun way to familiarise young children with all the things they will need to know and be able to do when they start school. Following a typical day at school, children will enjoy using the stickers to help the characters in the book get dressed, pack bags, hang up coats, change for PE, and participate in art class, lunchtime, playtime, story time and home time. With over 100 stickers, this is sure to keep little children occupied for hours. WARNING! Not suitable for children under 36 months because of small parts. Choking Hazard.
  • Letts Monster Practice: Ages 3-5 Collection - 8 Books - Collection - 9780007957231
    MPRA 3 years +
    3 years +
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    Providing children aged 3 and over with an introduction to subjects and topics they'll be studying when they go to school, this eight-book collection contains a number of fun-filled activities.

    Especially written for preschool children, the friendly monsters will introduce the fun learning activities and help kids build up their numeracy and literacy skills. From phonics, writing and the alphabet to numbers and counting - and even an introduction to what to expect when they start school - these books will prove invaluable.

    Fully supporting the National Curriculum, these books provide Monster fun for children who want to learn in exciting ways. Each book even comes with a monster mask!
  • Starting School with Carol Vorderman Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9780241287675
    SSCV 3 years +
    3 years +
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    As children prepare to start school for the first time, they may need some reassurance from what to expect. Luckily, Carol Vorderman is on hand to help your child learn the key skills they'll need for this time with this 10-book collection.

    Covering topics including the alphabet, numbers and early reading and writing skills, the books are accessible and feature a host of fun activities and practical learning experiences to give them a head start.

    From phonics to math skills, sorting and matching, this is an essential guide for children aged 3 and over (and their parents!) who want to get ahead when starting school.
  • PLX2 Toddlers
    Toddlers
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    Part of a series that finds Peppa Pig and her family introducing children to common first experiences, this book finds George joining Peppa at their playgroup - but she really doesn't want him there!

    However, all of Peppa's friends like George and decide that they want to have little brothers, too. Will this change her mind about him being there?

    This is a reassuring tale that will help children understand what a first day at preschool, nursery, playgroup or school will be like.
  • AQBFN 5 years +
    5 years +
    • £7.99
    A beautifully illustrated picture book for children who are starting school for the first time. Going to school is a huge change for young children, this book encourages children to discover the joy of learning new things, meeting new people and having new experiences. Notes for parents and teachers at the back of the book provide valuable advice for how to share this book with your child or class. Written by a trained psychotherapist, journalist and parent, and illustrated by an experienced children's book artist, this is part of an acclaimed and successful series of picture-book non-fiction for Early Years. Books in the series give advice and promote interaction between children, parents, and teachers on a wide variety of personal, social and emotional issues. They are excellent tools for teachers to use during classroom discussions.
  • ARKOI 3 years +
    3 years +
    • £3.99
    An engaging Starting School book to really prepare your child for their important first day. Providing lots of fun activities, this book provides reassurance whilst helping children develop their skills for starting school and during reception year. Combining useful information with engaging, colourful illustrations, this Starting School book helps to boost your child's confidence and get them ready for starting school. Included in this book: * questions that allow children to practise the important skills required for starting school * colourful activities that make learning fun and motivate children to learn at home * helpful tips
  • CCGS 3 years +
    3 years +
    • £2.99
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    With pop-ups, tabs and gatefold pages, this book invites children who are soon starting school to meet Charlie, the little chick with a BIG personality, as he also gets ready for school.

    Children can see Charlie burst to life as he wakes up to an alarm clock, eats his crackling cereal and races to get to school in time. This is a funny story with pop-up surprises and a character that children will absolutely adore!

    There's even a giant fold-out surprise at the end... will Charlie Chick manage to beat the bell and make it to school in time?