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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

Timothy is very excited about starting school until he meets Claude, a student who wears all the right clothes and says all the right things. Timothy is feeling down, but then he meets Violet a girl who's having the same problem with her seatmate.

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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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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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Froggy Goes to School
Series: Froggy
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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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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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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