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Adventure Annie Goes to Kindergarten. Toni Buzzeo, Illustrated by Amy Wummer, $7.99

Adventure Annie is ready for her First-Day-of-Kindergarten Adventure!


Dad's First Day. Mike Wohnoutka, $18.99

Who's ready for the first day of school? Not Oliver's Dad!! This charming story of first-day jitters perfectly captures the mixed emotions felt by kids and their parents when big changes are afoot.


A Day at School. Severine Cordier & Cynthia Lacroix, $16.95

Preparing for the first day of school means shopping, haircuts, good-byes, new friends, and learning new things!

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Everyday Goodbyes: a Guide to the Separation Process. Nancy Balaban, $33.50

Separation often evokes feelings of fear and anxiety in children. Because the success or failure of early separation experiences can affect a child's movement toward independence, teachers and parents must know how to help young children cope with the unpleasant feelings sometimes associated with separation.

In EVERYDAY GOODBYES, Nancy Balaban addresses this critical aspect of child development.  Positioning separation as the underlying curriculum for all early childhood programs, this wonderful book helps teachers and parents to understand why children take time to adjust. Photographs and real-life anecdotes of children, teachers, and parents illustrate all aspects of the adjustment process, and activities for the classroom that support children’s movement toward independence and self-confidence are included.


First Day Jitters. Julie Danneberg, $8.95

Everyone knows that sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach just before diving into a new situation. Sarah Jane Hartwell is scared and doesn't want to start over at a new school. She doesn't know anybody, and nobody knows her. It will be awful. She just knows it. With much prodding from Mr. Hartwell, Sarah Jane reluctantly pulls herself together and goes to school. She is quickly befriended by Mrs. Burton, who helps smooth her jittery transition. This charming and familiar story will delight readers with its surprise ending.


Get Ready for School: Color Match Games. Dorling Kindersley Publishing, $10.99

Get Ready for School: Number Memory Games. Dorling Kindersley Publishing, $10.99

These boxes of game cards are designed to support children's learning development through the early years. The guiding early learning developmental milestones of school readiness inform the content, supporting parents as they get a child ready for school. Each box includes 40 photographic cards and instructions to play a range of two-player games with ideas of games that a child can play to learn key skills. The colorful photographic cards will inspire and develop a confident, curious, and capable child. Parents will love using these games with their kids.

Get Ready for School: I'm Ready for School. Dorling Kindersley Publishing, $13.99

This interactive board book is designed to support childhood development through the early years. The themed lift-the-flaps and peep-throughs in I'm Ready for School enable a child to learn key skills and knowledge in the comfortable context of play, exploration, and discussion about real-life experiences. Key concepts such as morning routines, eating breakfast, and matching shoes, to colors, shapes, and opposites are all covered in I'm Ready for School to inspire learning and support language skills, social skills, and physical and knowledge development.

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The Giggly Guide to How to Behave at School. Philippe Jalbert, $19.95 (ages 4-6)

Wondering what to expect on your first day of school? With 44 simple rules on how to behave, and how not to behave, at school, this giggly guidebook shows you exactly what it means to be the perfect student, and what happens when you're not.


Goodbye Brings Hello. Dianne White, illustrated by Daniel Wiseman, $24.99 (ages 4-7)

This inspiring, vibrantly illustrated gift book is perfect for celebrating life's milestones, both great and small — especially that first day of kindergarten.

From being pushed on a swing to learning how to pump your legs yourself, from riding a beloved trike to mastering your first bike ride, from leaving the comforts of home behind to venturing forth on that first day of school, milestones are exciting but hard. They mean having to say goodbye to one moment in order to welcome the next. Honest and uplifting, this cheerfully illustrated ode to change gently empowers readers to brave life's milestones, both large and small.


I Am Not Going to School Today! Robie Harris, $22.99

With great affection and humor, Robie Harris and Jan Ormerod, creators of the award-winning picture book Goodbye Mousie, tell the captivating story of a child who decides that skipping the very first day of school is a very good idea. But with help from his favorite stuffed animal, Hank, and his parents, he discovers that going to the very first day of school can be fun and exciting — and once you have done something new, it's not quite so new and scary anymore.

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I Am Too Absolutely Small for School. Lauren Child, $12.00

Lola is not so sure about school. After all, why would she need to count higher than ten when she never eats more than ten cookies at a time? Once again, it's up to ever-patient big brother Charlie to persuade Lola that school is worthwhile — and that her invisible friend, Soren Lorensen, will be welcome, too.


Is Everybody Ready for Kindergarten? A Tool Kit for Preparing Children and Families. Angèle Sancho Passe, $34.50

Making the transition into kindergarten is a significant and exciting milestone in young children's lives. With proper coordination and planning, it can be a smooth process, benefiting children, families, and schools. This book provides information and practical advice to help you help children and their families prepare for the transition and then successfully begin kindergarten. Helpful activities, reproducible checklists and handouts, and planning templates are included.


Kindergarten Countdown. Anna Jane Hays, $7.99

This bouncy story perfectly captures the excitement of getting ready to start kindergarten!

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Kindergarten Success: Everything You Need to Know to Help Your Child Learn. Amy James, $13.95

In this new addition to the Knowledge Essentials series, Kindergarten Success shows you how to enrich your child's classroom learning and take an active role in your kindergarten’s education.


The Kissing Hand. Audrey Penn, $19.50 (book and CD set)

Here is the story of a little raccoon who confronts the first day of school and needs reassurance. Mother Raccoon finds an unforgettable way of communicating the message that everyone most needs to hear. The perfect book for any child taking the plunge into school, endearing illustrations are as soothing as the simple story. Ages 3-8.


Little Rabbit Goes to School. Harry Horse, $10.95 (ages 3-5)

Little Rabbit’s first day at school doesn’t quite go as planned!

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Max & Mo’s First Day at School. Patricia Lakin, illustrated by Brian Floca, $4.50 (ages 4-6)

It’s back to school time for Max and Mo. This time they are in a different classroom and they are both nervous. Now they need to make new friends — but will anyone remember their names?


Maya, the Brave! I am Ready for School. Elaheh Bos, $19.95

Milo, the Brave! I am Ready for School. Elaheh Bos, $19.95

Milo and Maya are nervous about starting school. To get ready, they embark on a grand adventure and they would like your help. As they complete each quest, they learn a new coping skill and take a step closer to their goal. A fun and practical introduction to different techniques of anxiety management and a great tool to prepare young children for school!


Miseducation: Preschoolers at Risk. David Elkind, $18.95

Across the country — in schools and in homes — educational programs intended for school-age children are being misappropriated for the instruction of preschoolers. Books, lectures, and the media propagate the idea that only a “superkid” can grow up to compete successfully in the adult world — thereby encouraging parents to teach infants and young children academic and athletic skills. Yet, there is considerable evidence that early instruction can do lasting harm — that young children subjected to this kind of pressure are, in fact, at psychological and physical risk.

Dr. Elkind shows us the very real difference between the mind of a preschool child (how it works) and that of a school-age child. He makes clear how much young children can and do learn when they are presented with developmentally appropriate parenting practices and education. He shows us how healthy education supports and encourages the spontaneous learning process through which young children explore and understand their immediate world, and how miseducation ignores it, attempting to teach the wrong things at the wrong time. And, in turn, we see how early miseducation can cause permanent damage to a child’s self-esteem, the loss of the positive attitude a child needs for learning the blocking of natural gifts and potential talents.

Finally, Dr. Elkind discusses what parents should look for when deciding upon the initial stages of their children’s education and what preschool programs are the most considerate of the individual child. In a special section, he answers the most common questions he’s heard from parents.

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Monkey Not Ready for Kindergarten. Marc Brown, $7.99

This Monkey is not ready for kindergarten — and it is only one week away! Can Monkey's family ease his worries, and get him excited for the big day?


Off to First Grade. Louise Borden, $19.99

It’s the first day of first grade and everyone is getting ready!


Ready for Kindergarten! Deborah Stewart, $16.95

From recognizing colors to making friends, your essential guide to kindergarten prep.

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School's First Day of School. Adam Rex, illustrated by Christian Robinson, $24.99

It's the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone's just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself. What will the children do once they come? Will they like the school? Will they be nice to him? The school has a rough start, but as the day goes on, he soon recovers when he sees that he's not the only one going through first-day jitters.


Starting School. Janet & Allan Ahlberg, $10.99

A reassuring book for toddlers and preschoolers just starting out at nursery school.


Timothy Goes to School. Rosemary Wells, $9.50

Timothy is very excited about starting school — until he meets Claude. Claude sits next to him, and he wears all the right clothes, says all the right things, and garners all the praise from his teacher and classmates. Timothy is feeling down, until he meets a girl who's having the same problem with her seatmate.

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Welcome to Kindergarten. Anne Rockwell, $8.99

Join Tim as he visits his future kindergarten and learns what he will be doing during his first year of school …the classroom may look a little too big at first, but after finding out about all the fun ahead, it doesn't seem too big at all. In fact, it's just the right size! (ages 3-5)


Wemberly Worried. Kevin Henkes, $8.50

Wemberly worried about spilling her juice, about shrinking in the bathtub, even about snakes in the radiator. She worried morning, noon and night. Most of all she worried about her first day of school.


What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know: Preparing Your Child for a Lifetime of Learning. Edited by E.D. Hirsch & John Holdren, $29.00

Designed for use by parents and teachers, this book outlines the fundamentals kindergartners need to prepare for a lifetime of learning. It sets out the elements a parent or educator should look for in a good kindergarten program and introduces activities that help a child take the first steps in learning to read and write. Filled with age-appropriate questions and suggestions that stimulate thinking and build vocabulary, this revised and updated edition also includes activities resources in literature, mathematics, history, science and the arts.

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Complete Booklist

Preschool & Kindergarten

Everyday Goodbyes: a Guide to the Separation Process. Nancy Balaban, $33.50

Goodbye Brings Hello. Dianne White, illustrated by Daniel Wiseman, $24.99 (ages 4-7)

Is Everybody Ready for Kindergarten? A Tool Kit for Preparing Children and Families. Angèle Sancho Passe, $34.50

Kindergarten Success: Everything You Need to Know to Help Your Child Learn. Amy James, $15.99

Miseducation: Preschoolers at Risk. David Elkind, $18.95

Ready for Kindergarten! Deborah Stewart, $16.95

What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know: Preparing Your Child for a Lifetime of Learning. Edited by E.D. Hirsch & John Holdren, $29.00

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Books for Kids 3-6

Adventure Annie Goes to Kindergarten. Toni Buzzeo, Illustrated by Amy Wummer, $7.99

Dad's First Day. Mike Wohnoutka, $18.99

A Day at School. Severine Cordier & Cynthia Lacroix, $16.95

First Day Jitters. Julie Danneberg, $8.95

Get Ready for School: Color Match Games. Dorling Kindersley Publishing, $10.99

Get Ready for School: Number Memory Games. Dorling Kindersley Publishing, $10.99

Get Ready for School: I'm Ready for School. Dorling Kindersley Publishing, $13.99

The Giggly Guide to How to Behave at School. Philippe Jalbert, $19.95 (ages 4-6)

I Am Not Going to School Today! Robie Harris, $22.99

I Am Too Absolutely Small for School. Lauren Child, $12.00

Kindergarten Countdown. Anna Jane Hays, $7.99

The Kissing Hand. Audrey Penn, $19.50(book and CD set)

Little Rabbit Goes to School. Harry Horse, $10.95 (ages 3-5)

Max & Mo's First Day at School. Patricia Lakin, illustrated by Brian Floca, $4.50 (ages 4-6)

Maya, the Brave! I am Ready for School. Elaheh Bos, $19.95

Milo, the Brave! I am Ready for School. Elaheh Bos, $19.95

Monkey Not Ready for Kindergarten. Marc Brown, $7.99

School's First Day of School. Adam Rex, illustrated by Christian Robinson, $24.99

Starting School. Janet & Allan Ahlberg, $10.99

Timothy Goes to School. Rosemary Wells, $9.50

Welcome to Kindergarten. Anne Rockwell, $8.99

Wemberly Worried. Kevin Henkes, $8.50

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