Here to Help: Books about School

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By sharing stories together and having conversations about the books you read, you can help young children understand the world around them. Seeing diverse experiences represented in books helps children to explore their own identities and develop empathy for others.

These picture books cover a variety of topics about school.  Stories of first day jitters as well as stories about the successes and challenges of the classroom are explored in these books for children ages 3-8.

Not every book is available at all locations, but any title can be requested. The children’s librarian at your neighborhood library is also here to help, with suggestions for additional titles on topics of interest–or feel free to suggest some titles to us. New books are always being added to the collection. You can find more Here to Help booklists on different topics by clicking here.

Countdown to Kindergarten

Ten days before the start of kindergarten, a preschooler can not tie her shoes by herself and fears the worst.

Dad's First Day

Oliver and Dad have spent a fun summer together but when it comes time for the first day of school, Dad discovers that he is not ready and does everything he can to postpone the big day.

Eddie Gets Ready for School

As young Eddie goes through his checklist to get ready for school, his mother does not agree with all of his choices.

I'm New Here

Three children from other countries (Somalia, Guatemala, and Korea) struggle to adjust to their new home and school in the United States.

Monkey: Not Ready for Kindergarten

Kindergarten is just a week away and Monkey is not ready, but with help and encouragement from family and friends, he begins to get excited.

Sumi's First Day of School Ever

By the time Sumi finishes her first day of school, she decides that school is not as lonely, scary, or mean as she had thought.

Yoko Writes Her Name

Kindergartner Yoko not only learns to write her letters and numbers in English, she shows her teacher and fellow students how to write their names using Japanese calligraphy.