Starting School Stories

Stories and informational books to help ease any fears a child may have about starting school and to help everyone look forward to this special day.

Compiled by:
Children's Services Staff
A Pirate's Guide to First Grade

James Preller
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Pre)

A young pirate and his crew embark on a grand adventure when they board the bus for the first day of first grade.

Adventure Annie Goes to Kindergarten

Toni Buzzeo
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Buz)

Even though there are rules to follow, a little girl who loves adventure has an exciting first day of kindergarten.

Brand-New Pencils, Brand-New Books

Diane De Groat
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej De)

Gilbert's excitement over starting first grade turns to worry that the teacher will be mean, the work too hard, and his classmates too unfriendly, but throughout the day there are pleasant surprises.

Countdown to Kindergarten

Alison McGhee
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mcg)

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

Dinosaur Starts School

Pamela Duncan Edwards
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Edw)

Dinosaur worries about the first day of school, but with the help of a reassuring classmate he finds that school can be fun.

Don't Be Silly, Mrs. Millie!

Judy Cox
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Co)

A teacher makes her students laugh when she mixes up words, saying "goats" instead of "coats" and "poodles" when she means "puddles."

Don't Go!

Jane Breskin Zalban
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Za)

On the first day of preschool, Daniel gradually overcomes his nervousness as he plays in the sandbox, collects leaves, and bakes cookies. Includes tips for parents on getting ready for preschool and a recipe for pumpkin cookies.

Elizabeti's School

Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej St)

Although she enjoys her first day at school, Elizabeti misses her family and wonders if it wouldn't be better to stay home.

Enrico Starts School

Charlotte Middleton
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mi)

Enrico the cat starts school, but at first he doesn't know how to make friends.

First Day

Dandi Daley Mackall
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mac)

The first day of school starts out filled with doubt, but after facing fear of the big kids, reciting the alphabet with ease, and learning about recess, a child can't help but look forward to day two.

First Day at School

Monica Hughes
(Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 371 Hu)

Describes the activities of an entire school day.

First Day Jitters

Julie Danneberg
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Da)

Sarah is afraid to start at a new school, but both she and the reader are in for a surprise when she gets to her class.

First Day of School

Nicola Barber
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej 372.1244 Bar)

Explains what to expect on the first day of school, including getting ready, transportation, being apart from parents, class activities, playing, lunch, getting to know people, and returning home.

Harry and the Dinosaurs Go to School

Ian Whybrow
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Why)

On Harry's first day at his new school he is not sure whether or not to bring his bucket of dinosaurs, but in the end the dinosaurs help him make a friend.

Horus' Horrible Day

Shana Corey
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Co)

As the school year begins on Mars, Horus the Martian gets off to a rocky start, but soon discovers that first grade is not really as bad as he thought.

I Am Not Going to School Today!

Robie H. Harris
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ha)

A little boy decides to skip his very first day of school.

I Am Too Absolutely Small for School

Lauren Child
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ch)

When Lola is worried about starting school, her older brother Charlie reassures her. We also have a version of this story translated into Chinese, search the catalog for the title 'Wo tai xao , wo bu yao shang xue'.

I'm Telling You, Dex, Kindergarten Rocks!

Katie Davis
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Da)

Dexter knows everything there is to know about kindergarten and is not at all scared about his first day there, but his stuffed dog, Rufus, is very nervous.

Jake Starts School

Michael Wright
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wri)

No one can pry a frightened Jake away from his parents on the first day of school, and so the three must watch as his classmates have fun until, at the end of the day, his teacher finally gets him to let go.

Little Rabbit Goes to School

Harry Horse
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ho)

Little Rabbit takes his favorite toy, Charlie Horse, along for his first day of school and when there is trouble, he blames it all on Charlie.

Look Out, Kindergarten, Here I Come!

Nancy L. Carlson
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ca)

Even though Henry is looking forward to going to kindergarten, he is not sure about staying once he first gets there.

Maisy Goes to Preschool

Lucy Cousins
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Cou)

"Join Maisy and her friends for a busy day at preschool! Experience many school activities: painting, music, story time, and more!"

Meet the Barkers: Morgan and Moffat Go to School

Tomie De Paola
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej De)

Bossy Moffie and her quiet twin brother Morgie both enjoy starting school, especially getting gold stars and making new friends.

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten

Joseph Slate
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sl)

Introduces the letters of the alphabet as Miss Bindergarten and her students get ready for kindergarten.

Molly Rides the School Bus

Jill Brillhart
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Br)

Molly is worried about riding the school bus on her first day of kindergarten, but a friendly older girl helps her adjust.

Mom, It's My First Day of Kindergarten!

Hyewon Yum
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Yum)

A five-year-old boy, ready and eager on his first day at "the big kids' school," must calm his very worried mother.   

Moses Goes to School

Isaac Millman
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mil)

Moses and his friends enjoy the first day of school at their special school for the deaf and hard of hearing, where they use sign language to talk to each other.

Mouse's First Day of School

Lauren Thompson
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Th)

When he goes to school, Mouse finds a world of new objects and new friends.

Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth

Alison McGhee
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mcg)

A first grader is frightened on her first day of school after hearing a rumor that her teacher is a 300-year-old alien with a purple tongue who steals baby teeth from her students.

Noni is Nervous

Heather Hartt-Sussman
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Har)

Noni is nervous about a lot of things, but mostly her first day of school. What will she wear? Where will she sit? While her caring family offers advice, Noni finally resolves her struggles with comical results.

Off to School, Baby Duck

Amy Hest
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej He)

Baby Duck experiences the fear of the first day of school, but with a little help from Grampa, everything turns out okay in the end.

Ollie's School Day : A Yes-and-No Book

Stephanie Calmenson
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Cal)

Asks the reader a series of yes or no questions as Ollie gets dressed, spends a day at school, and returns home.

Otto Goes to School

Todd Parr
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Pa)

After a breakfast of juice, cereal, and a banana split, Otto goes to school for the first time, where he makes new friends and learns how to wag his tail without knocking things over.

Pete and Polo's Big School Adventure

Adrian Reynolds
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Re)

Pete and his polar bear are both nervous on their first day of school, especially when Polo finds he is the only bear that's not brown.

Planet Kindergarten

Sue Ganz-Schmitt
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Gan)

A young child imagines going off to Kindergarten as a journey to another planet.

Richard Scarry's Great Big Schoolhouse

Richard Scarry
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sca)

Follows Huckle Cat through a busy day at school, as he learns the alphabet, enjoys the playground, and participates in show and tell.

School's First Day of School

Adam Rex
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Rex)

It's the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone's just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself.

Suki's Kimono

Chieri Uegaki
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ue)

Suki will wear her favorite kimono on the first day of school no matter what others think.

Sumi's First Day of School Ever

Soyung Pak
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Pa)

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.

The Class

Boni Ashburn
(Juvenile Picture Books – Ej Ash)

Twenty young students, some eager, some nervous, some grumpy, prepare for their very first day of kindergarten.

The Kissing Hand

Audrey Penn
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Pen)

When Chester the raccoon is reluctant to go to kindergarten for the first time, his mother teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him.

This School Year Will Be the Best!

Kay Winters
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Win)

When a teacher asks her students on the first day of school what they wish for in the coming year, the answers range from having a good school picture to receiving a perfect report card.

Tibili, the Little Boy Who Didn't Want to Go to School

Marie Leonard
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Le)

After Tibili, a young African boy, follows Crope the spider's suggestion as to how he can avoid starting school, he discovers he wants to go after all.

Timothy Goes to School

Rosemary Wells
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej We)

Timothy learns about being accepted and making friends during the first week of his first year at school.

Tom Goes to Kindergarten

Margaret Wild
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wi)

When Tom, a young panda, goes to his very first day of kindergarten, his whole family stays and plays and wishes they could be in kindergarten too.

Tucker's Four-Carrot School Day

Susan Winget
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wi)

The start of Tucker the rabbit's first day of kindergarten is rocky, but making new friends helps change his attitude toward school.

We [Love] Our School: A Read-Together Rebus Story

Judy Sierra
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sie)

Rhyming text with rebuses follows a group of animals through their first day of school.

Wemberly Worried

Kevin Henkes
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej he)

A mouse named Wemberly, who worries about everything, finds that she has a whole list of things to worry about when she faces the first day of nursery school.

What Are You Doing?

Elisa Amadao
(Juvenile Picture Book - Ej Ama)

Before he leaves on his first day of school, Chepito plays outside and encounters many different people in his neighborhood who are all reading, and each person has a different response when Chepito asks them "Why?"

What Did You Do Today?: The First Day of School

Toby Forward
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Fo)

A child describes the events of the first day of school, from making sandwiches for lunch to holding a parent's hand on the walk home.

When An Elephant Comes to School

Jan Ormerod
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Or)

With the help of his classmates, an elephant has a good first day of school.

Wow! School!

Robert Neubecker
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Neu)

Izzy finds many things to be excited about on the first day of school.