Well, it’s almost time for kids to don their backpacks, sharpen their pencils, and shine their apples cuz in a couple of weeks school will once more be in session. So I thought I’d mention a few seasonal titles to help kids make the transition from fancy-free vacationer to studious pupil.
Wemberly Worried, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, and Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes: With characteristic subtlety and charm, Henkes tackles some of the social anxieties that often afflict schoolkids, particularly the nervous first-timers.
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn: This perennial bestseller is the perfect book for calming any youngster’s ever-so-scary separation anxiety.
A Place Called Kindergarten by Jessica Harper: A gentle introduction to the idea of a place called kindergarten. G. Brian Karas’s illustrations make this sweet story a delight.
Miss Bindergarten Has a Wild Day in Kindergarten by Joseph Slate: A messy kindergarten adventure makes the whole idea of school seem like a whole lot of fun.
If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff: This playful school-themed romp is sure to get kids in the mood for school, with or without a mouse.
Miss Nelson Is Missing by Harry Allard: Allard’s classic story about the teacher who slyly turns the tables on her students is perfect for first and second graders gearing up to head back into the trenches.