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Five New Picture Books to Soothe School Anxiety

Is your little one anxious about starting school?

These books can help kids feel more comfortable taking on new challenges and meeting new people:


Rufus Goes to School
By Kim T. Griswell, illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev

Rufus loves looking through his favorite book. The only problem is that he doesn’t know how to read it, so he decides to go to school. Unfortunately, Principal Lipid has a strict rule against pigs in school (Rufus is a pig). Rufus shows all the ways that he will be a good student so that he can learn how to read his favorite book.



My Teacher is a Monster (No I Am Not.)
By Peter Brown

Sometimes teachers are wonderful. Sometimes they are tough, but likeable. And some teachers are mean, scary monsters. Bobby’s teacher is one of those–a monster. Ms. Kirby stomps and roars in class, so when Bobby runs into her at the park one day, he is terrified of talking to her. But as they spend more time together, he realizes that there might be more to Ms. Kirby than he thought.




Planet Kindergarten
By Sue Ganz-Schmitt, illustrated by Shane Prigmore

A boy is being sent on a new mission: kindergarten. This book is a fun take on getting ready for and zipping through the first day of kindergarten for space adventurers.




Clark the Shark
by Bruce Hale, illustrated by Guy Francis

Clark finds everything about school fun and exciting, but his enthusiasm causes problems until he begins inventing rhymes to remind himself to stay cool at school.





Will I Have A Friend?
by Miriam Cohen, illustrated by Ronald Himler

Jim’s anxieties on his first day of school are happily forgotten when he makes a new friend.




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