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These books can help ease worries and make the classroom a little more welcoming.
 
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Wemberly Worried
by Kevin Henkes Illustrated by Kevin Henkes

Wemberly worried about spilling her juice, about shrinking in the bathtub, even about snakes in the radiator. She worried morning, noon, and night. "Worry, worry, worry," her family said. "Too much worry."

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Timothy Goes to School
by Rosemary Wells Illustrated by Rosemary Wells

Perfect Claude ruins Timothy's first day at school. Then Timothy meets Violet.

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This Is the Way We Go to School
by Edith Baer Illustrated by Steve Björkman

Enthusiastic children around the world are on their way to school. But how do they get there? The answers are as varied as the landscapes, which range from Egypt's sandy desert to Switzerland's snowy peaks.

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Stuart's Cape
by Sara Pennypacker Illustrated by Martin Matje

Stuart's got problems. It's raining. He's bored. And worst of all, he's new in town, so he's got a lot to worry about. But what does a kid like Stuart need in order to have an adventure...and to stop worrying? A cape, of course!

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Penelope at School
by Anne Gutman Illustrated by Georg Hallensleben

Meet Penelope, an adorable blue koala who loves to play and learn. But, like all preschoolers, she can't do everything by herself. Children can pull the tabs on every spread and help Penelope get ready for school, paint a picture, dance in music class, slide in the playground, and more!

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My Name Is Yoon
by Helen Recorvits Illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska

Yoon's name means "Shining Wisdom," and when she writes it in Korean, it looks happy, like dancing figures. But her father tells her that she must learn to write it in English. In English, all the lines and circles stand alone, which is just how Yoon feels in the United States.

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Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten
by Joseph Slate Illustrated by Ashley Wolff

In an inviting look at the first day of school, simple rhyming text tells of animal children getting ready for the big event. The use of extinct animals for the more obscure letters only add to the fun.

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Meet the Barkers
by Tomie dePaola Illustrated by Tomie dePaola
Morgie and Moffie can't wait to start school! They buy backpacks and pencil boxes, and off they go. Moffie, who knows the answers to all of the teacher's questions, gets a lot of gold stars. And Morgie, who likes sharing his dinosaur book, makes two new friends.
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Little Rabbit Goes to School
by Harry Horse
Little Rabbit's first day of school is full of adventures when he takes his favorite toy, Charlie Horse , along.
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Little Miss Spider at Sunny Patch School
by David Kirk Illustrated by David Kirk

On her first day at school, Little Miss Spider worries that she cannot do what the others can, but she learns that she has a special quality all her own. Printed on laminated pages, this book features simple rhyming couplets and brilliant oil paintings. Full color.

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It's Time for School, Stinky Face
by Lisa McCourt Illustrated by Cyd Moore

In this follow up to I Love You, Stinky Face, the imaginative boy Stinky Face wonders what will happen if the school bus tires pop and his teacher turns him into a werewolf... along with many other hilarious school disasters!

Once again, his mother has a clever answer for every worry.

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I See a Leaf
Series: Hello Reader
by Grace Maccarone , Alayne Pick Illustrated by Laura Freeman
Building on the success of Hello Reader!, the Hello Writer! books have been created especially for new readers, with stories and hands-on activities to provide practice with reading & writing skills.

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I Love You All Day Long
by Francesca Rusackas Illustrated by Priscilla Burris

"Do I have to go?" Owen asks.
"Yes," his mother replies.

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Froggy Goes to School
by Jonathan London Illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz

It's the first day of school and Froggy is more than a little nervous. When he tries to pour the milk on his breakfast bowl of flies, the carton flies out of his hands. Will he ever pull himself together in time to make it to the classroom?

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Don't Eat the Teacher!
by Nick Ward

It's Sammy the shark's first day at school and he's very excited.  Sammy promises his mother that he will be good, but when Sammy gets excited, he BITES things! Can he get through the day without causing too much trouble?

Find out if Sammy can keep his promise!

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David Goes to School
by David Shannon Illustrated by David Shannon

David's teacher has her hands full. From running in the halls to chewing gum in class, David's high-energy antics fill each school day with trouble — and are sure to bring a smile to even the best-behaved reader.

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Countdown to Kindergarten
by Alison McGhee Illustrated by Harry Bliss

It's just ten days before kindergarten, and this little girl has heard all there is to know — from a "first grader" — about what it's going to be like. You can't bring your cat, you can't bring a stuffed animal, and the number one rule? You can't ask anyone for help. Ever.

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Corduroy Goes to School
Series: Corduroy
by Don Freeman , B. G. Hennessy Illustrated by Lisa McCue

Corduroy, the lovable, cuddly bear, is just the right, reassuring presence to make children feel comfortable with all the early experiences school can bring. Full color.

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Clifford's First School Day
Series: Clifford
by Norman Bridwell Illustrated by Norman Bridwell

Clifford's first day at school is filled with fingerpainting, cookie-baking, and other messy misadventures that make Clifford more lovable than ever. Full color.

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Clifford Goes to Dog School
Series: Clifford
by Norman Bridwell Illustrated by Norman Bridwell


Emily Elizabeth is taking Clifford to dog school. His teacher tries to show Clifford how to heel. But the leash is too short and she's swept off her feet. Then she tells Clifford to sit. He sits — on top of a passing stranger!

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Chrysanthemum
by Kevin Henkes Illustrated by Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum loves her name — until she starts kindergarten, which is an unfamiliar world full of short names like Sue, Bill, Max, Sam, and Joe.

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