QuickPicks: 1st Day of School Classics

It seems that summer vacations are getting shorter every year.  As a kid those two months seemed like ages.  Sigh.  But I digress. 

Parents and nervous-looking (former) preschoolers have been coming in all month looking for picture books about starting “real” school for the first time.  It’s been a flurry of activity in my library since school started up!  Here are some of my favorite First Day of School picture books:

I Am Too Absolutely Small for School by Lauren Child….. Lola is worried about starting school, but her big brother Charlie reassures her and offers some sage advice on school fashion: “….alligator is for fancy.  For school, stripes are nice.”


Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! by Nancy Carlson….. Henry is excited about starting kindergarten, sort of. 


First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg….. Sarah is afraid to start at a new school (SPOILER: Even though she’s the teacher!)


Brand New Pencils, Brand New Books by Diane De Groat….. Gilbert starts first grade and learns that while there are a lot of rules to remember, it’s pretty nice to make new friends. 


Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes….. Wemberly worries about everything but most of all: starting nursery school.


Off to School, Baby Duck by Amy Hest….. Baby Duck’s family helps her prepare and be “big and brave” on her first day of school. 

Countdown to Kindergarten by Alison McGhee….. A little girl about to start kindergarten worries that she won’t learn to tie her shoes in time.


Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate….. A kindergarten teacher prepares her classroom for her 26 new students (one for each letter of the alphabet).


Mouse’s First Day of School by Lauren Thompson….. Mouse hides in a backpack and experiences all the wonders of a classroom.


Timothy Goes to School by Rosemary Wells….. Timothy is super excited about school until Claude arrives.


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