Is your little one getting ready to start school? These starting school books are recommended by Essex Baby mums.
Usborne Starting School Sticker Book by Felicity Brooks (Usborne, £4.99)
This fun sticker book is a great way to introduce little ones to all the different things they will do at school. Using over 100 stickers, children can help dress the book’s the characters, pack bags, hang up coats, change for PE, and participate in art class, lunchtime, playtime, story time and home time.
The Wolf Who Wouldn’t Go to School by Carly Hart (Orchard Books, £6.99)
Whiffy Wilson has first day jitters. There’s so much he doesn’t know! Luckily for the little wolf, his friend Dottie is there to show him how much fun school can be. This book is beautifully illustrated and the simple rhyming text makes it a great read for those starting preschool or nursery for the first time, too.
Come to School Too, Blue Kangaroo! by Emma Chichester Clark (HarperCollins, £6.99)
Lily can’t wait for her first day at school, and neither can Blue Kangaroo. But in all the excitement to get home, Lily accidentally leaves him in her classroom. She feels awful, but she needn’t – Blue Kangaroo has lots of fun doing all the things the children did during the day. This beautiful title in Emma Chichester Clark’s hugely popular series is sure to warm hearts and cure a few preschool nerves.
I’m Starting School: First Writing Wipe-Clean Book with Pen, illustrated by Becky Down (Pat-A-Cake, £4.99)
This First Writing activity book introduces children to the handwriting techniques they’ll learn at school. Designed to fit alongside the National Curriculum, it contains practice words, writing skills for both left- and right-handed children and information to help parents support their little ones.
Starting School by Janet and Allan Ahlberg (Puffin, £6.99)
Since its first publication in 1988, Janet and Allan Ahlberg’s classic story has undoubtedly eased more than one generation through their first anxious days of school. From waiting at the school gates to the end of the first term, the Ahlberg’s skilfully guide children through several common school experiences using humour, clever details and fun illustrations. If you’re looking for a book that has stood the test of time – this is the one for you.
Charlie and Lola – I am too absolutely small for school by Lauren Child (Hachette Children’s Books, £6.99)
With charming illustrations and witty language, Lauren Child’s I am too absolutely small for school is the third addition to the ever-popular Charlie and Lola series. Lola is now nearly big enough for school – but she’s far too busy doing extremely important things at home. This enjoyable title offers a quirky approach to dealing with those little worries that arise before the first day of school.
Harry and the Dinosaurs Go to School by Ian Whybrow and Adrian Reynolds (Puffin, £6.99)
Harry and his dinosaurs are very excited about their first day of school… and a little bit nervous, too. Harry worries that he isn’t going to like school until a new friend shows him how much fun it can be! A gentle introduction to the first day a school, particularly for fans of the series.
Bobbo Goes to School by Shirley Hughes (Red Fox, £5.99)
In this recent story from the author of the Alfie series, little Lily is distraught after accidentally throwing her beloved stuffed dog onto the top of a bus. Little does she know that Bobbo is getting an exciting taste of life at school! This tale offers preschoolers a reassuring glimpse into the activities of a classroom.
Topsy and Tim Sticker Storybook: Start School by Jean Adamson (Ladybird, £4.99)
This comforting sticker book is the ideal mix of fun and information. With over 50 colourful stickers and three different kinds of activity, this title offers great value for money. The story guides children through everything they should expect from their first day at school – from finding their own peg to meeting new friends.
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