Books to Help Ease the Transition to Kindergarten

By on July 15, 2019 0 1095Views

With a new school year in a few weeks, excitement and anxiety can be running at an all time high for new scholars. For both parents and kindergarten children, the important transition can bring out nervous feelings. For many kindergarteners, the not knowing what expect at school, fears about new rules and worries about interactions with other classmates can cause a wide range of emotions from excitement to fear that can often be overwhelming.

An incredible tool that can help young children adjust to school is to read books on the topic. Children’s books provide an opportunity to promote and strengthen literacy, while helping to set expectations, experiences and to calm fears.

To help your child prepare for kindergarten, The UM has put together a list of books that help parents answer questions and show their children what to look forward to, while answering questions about all the learning and fun that awaits them in the classroom.

Click here for a parent resource guide on transitioning to kindergarten from the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Monkey Not Ready for Kindergarten
by Marc Brown


Dad’s First Day
by Mike Wohnoutka


The Name Jar
by Yangsook Choi


Wemberly Worried
by Kevin Henkes


David Goes to School
by David Shannon


Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten!
by Hyewon Yum


Kindergarten Rocks!
by: Katie Davis


How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?
by: Jane Yolen


The Kissing Hand
by: Audrey Penn


Look Out, Kindergarten, Here I Come
by: Nancy Carlson


Llama Llama Misses Mama
by: Anna Dewdney


Ms. Bitsy Bat’s Kindergarten
by: Pamela Duncan Edwards


by: Kevin Henkes


by: Kevin Henkes


When You Go to Kindergarten
by: JamesHowe


Countdown to Kindergarten
by: AlisonMcGhee


Tiptoe into Kindergarten
by: Jacqueline Rogers



One Happy Classroom
by: Charnan Simon


Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten
by: Joseph Slate


The Night Before Kindergarten
by: Natasha Wing