8 Brilliant books to read with your little one, before they start school.

Updated: Sep 11, 2019




Getting ready for school is such an exciting time and there are lots of amazing books out there that you can share with your child to help prepare and excite them about what school will be like. We have selected our eight favourite story and activity books that help your child to prepare for school.

Starting School by Janet and Allan Ahlberg


Best for: A great all-rounder - all children will love it.

A brilliant book that tells the story of the first term at school. It explained many aspects of starting school life in easy to understand, kids language. My son asked to read this night after night. A must buy book about starting school.






Come to School Blue Kangaroo by Emma Chichester Clark


Best for: Children who are worried or nervous about starting school.

This is a great book for little ones who may be a little bit nervous to start school, particularly if they have a special toy that they are very attached too, as it tells the story of Lily’s first day at school through her relationship with her Blue Kangaroo.







Topsy and Tim Start School by Jean and Gareth Adamson


Best for: A first introduction to what a day school will be like.

If your child is a fan of the Topsy and Tim books or television series this book is perfect for them. It is a nice simple story that explains all the facts about starting school as the twins prepare for and have fun on their first day at school.






Stuff to Know When You Start School by DK


Best For: Children who like to explore things on their own.

A lovely non- fiction book that covers all aspects of getting ready to school from making friends to using nice manner and how to get dressed on your own. It contains a lot of information, but it is the perfect book to dip into and out of with your child in the months running up to them starting school.








Going to School – Sticker book by Anne Civardi and Stephen Cartwright

Best For: Active learners and those always on the go.

If your child loves a sticker, and hey who doesn’t, this book is a great interactive way of talking about starting school, but also giving your child time to play and investigate at the same time. Stickers can be used throughout the stories to replace key words and help young children build their vocabulary.








All You Need To Know Before You Start School by Felicity Brooks

Best for: Children who love doing things as part of a group.

In this book your child joins five animal friends as they start school. The animals describe what a day at school is like from getting dressed in the morning to home time. The illustrations are lovely and it also introduces and explains some early years concepts like the seasons, numbers and counting.








I’m going to School by Chris Dickason

Best for: Time together - a great book to complete with your child.

A fun and engaging activity book that is the perfect companion for children starting school for the first time. Each page takes your child through a different aspect of the school day, letting them know just what to expect with humorous artwork and reassuring, fun activities. The activities are simple enough for children to complete on their own, but the real joy of this book is taking time to talk with your little one and complete the activities together.






Kissing Hands by Audrey Penn

Best for: Children who are worried or anxious about leaving their parent or carer.

This is a very different book about starting school and is brilliant for children feeling anxious about leaving their parent or carer. Chester Raccoon is very nervous about starting school in the wood and seeks love and reassurance from his mother as he ventures out on this new adventure. She teaches him that her love for him is always with him.





We hope this helps you find the book that is perfect to share with your little one and that you enjoy reading them while preparing for school together!😃


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