Best Books for Kindergarteners

Kindergarten is all about getting kids ready for elementary school. But how do you get your kids ready for kindergarten? These books can help ease first-day-of-school jitters by showing kids the lay of the land: classroom, cubbies, and playground. They'll be reassured as they see kids, animal characters, even monsters having fun, making new friends, and returning home to share all they've learned. And for more stories to get your kid ready for school, check out our Back-to-School Books.

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Chu's First Day of School Book Poster Image
Sneezy panda conquers fitting-in fears in reassuring tale.
By Neil Gaiman
(2014)
(2014)
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The Class Book Poster Image
Relatable look at different kids getting ready for school.
By Boni Ashburn
(2016)
(2016)
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Click, Clack, Quack to School! Book Poster Image
Animals let loose at recess in fun school-visit tale.
By Doreen Cronin
(2018)
(2018)
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Curious George's First Day of School Book Poster Image
George makes school silly and fun.
By Margret Rey, H. A. Rey
(2013)
(2005)
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The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten Book Poster Image
Kindergarten jitters flipped in cute story of mom at school.
By Maureen Fergus, Mike Lowery
(2013)
(2013)
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Llama Llama Loves to Read Book Poster Image
Reading looks exciting and fun in lively classroom story.
By Anna Dewdney, Reed Duncan
(2018)
(2018)
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Marco Goes to School Book Poster Image
Bird's first day at human school is good, silly fun.
By Roz Chast
(2012)
(2012)
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Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten Book Poster Image
Calms first-day-of-kindergarten fears.
By Joseph Slate
(2004)
(1996)
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Monkey: Not Ready for Kindergarten Book Poster Image
Warm book guides preschoolers through kindergarten nerves.
By Marc Brown
(2015)
(2015)
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Monsters Love School Book Poster Image
Monsters lead way in reassuring first-day-of-school romp.
By Mike Austin
(2014)
(2014)
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The New Bear at School Book Poster Image
Cuddly bear tale about fitting in at a new school.
By Carrie Weston
(2008)
(2008)
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Off to Kindergarten Book Poster Image
Playful rhyming story for jittery new students.
By Tony Johnston
(2007)
(2007)
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Otter Goes to School Book Poster Image
Otter plays teacher, gains confidence in reassuring tale.
By Sam Garton
(2016)
(2016)
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Planet Kindergarten Book Poster Image
Space mission a fun metaphor for starting kindergarten.
By Sue Ganz-Schmitt
(2014)
(2014)
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Princess Cupcake Jones Won't Go to School: Princess Cupcake Jones, Book 2 Book Poster Image
Funny look at overcoming first-day-of-school jitters.
By Ylleya Fields
(2016)
(2014)
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School's First Day of School Book Poster Image
Start-of-school story with clever twist helps soothe fears.
By Adam Rex
(2016)
(2016)
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If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't! Book Poster Image
Girl brings alligator for show-and-tell in funny romp.
By Elise Parsley
(2015)
(2015)
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Junie B. Jones Series Book Poster Image
Junie B. Jones brings good fun and laughs to early readers.
By Barbara Park
(2012)
(1992)
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