Books are a wonderful way to help children create their own stories. As characters in the books we read experience their own adventures, we can borrow strategies they use and implement them to have our real life stories have the ending we desire!
Adding these books to your home library will give an opportunity for children to talk about their thoughts about school and have great conversations about the year ahead and the experiences they want to have!
The Kissing Hand
Chester Raccoon does not want to go to school. But Chester’s mom uses several strategies all parents might find helpful for children. Mrs. Raccoon reminds him “Sometimes we all have to do things we do not want to do.” She gives him encouragement, confidence, mental scripts, and a kissing hand. This story is sure to be a favorite and introduce a tradition to your home and family.
How to Get Your Teacher Ready
In this playful book, the students give their teacher all sorts of helpful advice and suggestions. Reading this book can be a fun way for your children to create their own lists of tips for the classroom this year!
Second Grade Holdout
Did your child have such a great year last year that they don’t want to move on to the next grade? Your family might find “The Second Grade Holdout” to be just the relatable story you need. Tyler is upset that his best friend won’t be in his class this year. What will he do? “Find out in this laugh-out-loud-funny story of a boy who must find a way to face not just growing up but moving up.”
Fall is For School
A sister and brother have very different perspectives on school starting. While she is eager and optimistic, he laments: “School is really not my thing. You go on alone. I’ll be fine all by myself, sitting here at home.” Eventually, the brother comes around!
First Day Jitters
“’I’m not going,’ said Sarah and pulled the covers over her head.” Sarah does not want to start her new school. A surprise plot twist includes the fact that Sarah is the teacher! The joke provides a good laugh that may help children realize they are not alone in their worries about school.
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