8 Books to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten



Kindergarten is an exciting time for kids and parents. For many of us, they are in school a full day and maybe riding the bus to and from for the first time.

There are a lot of changes that take place and it's a great idea to talk about the upcoming school year through the summer with your child.

My youngest daughter is heading off to Kindergarten in the fall.  My heart is excited and sad all at the same time. It is true once they start kindergarten time flies. When my oldest started kindergarten I went into a crazy Fall Decor shopping spree. I have no idea what will happen this time. Maybe I need my own adult list of books to help deal with your child going off to Kindergarten?!



Here are my top picks for kids getting ready to go to kindergarten.

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First Day Jitters

This is a great book sharing the scared feelings associated with a new beginning.  Read Preview Here. 

“DAY JITTERS is an enchanting story that is sure to be treasured by anyone who has ever anticipated the first day of school.”






The Night Before Kindergarten

My mom bought this when our oldest started and she loved the familiar rhyme.  Read Preview Here. 

“Twas the night before kindergarten,
and as they prepared,

kids were excited,
and a little bit scared.”





Off to Kindergarten

Award-winning author Tony Johnston and illustrator Melissa Sweet create a joyful story about the first day of kindergarten! Read Preview Here.

“I'm off to kindergarten now.
I'd better take my bear.
He likes to sit beside me so
I'll take a little chair. . . .”







Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten


This one appeals to my youngest who is going to Kindergarten because she is all about the animals. She would rather read a book with animals than kids. If your child is similar to this is a great book.  Read Preview Here.

This rhyming, brightly illustrated book is the perfect way to practice the alphabet and to introduce young children to kindergarten.






Little Critter First Day of School

This is a classic. I loved Little Critter books as a kid and love reading these with my own children. Go through the steps of getting ready for a school day as Little Critter is a bit nervous. Get Yours Here. 







I Love You All Day Long

Of course, I have to have pig character book in here! ( If you are new I own two mini pigs one lived in our house for a year!)  This book shares the love parents have for their kids no matter where they are. It's a great book to read and remind your child how much you will be thinking about them and love them while they are at school.

Read Preview Here.







The Kissing Hand

Another great book for reminding your child how much you love them. Helping to calm the fears children have about leaving school.









Pete the Cat Rocking in my School Shoes

We have big Pete the Cat fans in this house. If your kids enjoy the bestselling Pet the Cat books be sure to add this one to your summer reading list. Plus you get a Free download of the Groovin Song. Read Preview Here.

Plus this one is FREE if you have Freetime! 



That completes my list of books to help your child prepare for Kindergarten. I'm excited for this last summer of my youngest still saying “dhere or banilla.” I'm also excited for her new start of going on to Kindergarten. Here's to a great summer for all those parents who have kids! May we remember to embrace this time instead of dread it 😉


Are there any you would you reccomend for others? If so leave a comment below



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  1. Mary Ann Rimmer June 25, 2018
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