Top 11 Books to Ease Back-to-School Jitters

These books for kids PreK to Grade 5 are sure to calm first-day-of-school nerves and help them start off the year right!
By Amy Mascott and Jodie Rodriguez
Aug 13, 2018



Top 11 Books to Ease Back-to-School Jitters

Aug 13, 2018

Whether your child has already started school or if the first day is still a few weeks away, there's no better time to check out some of our favorite books to ease back-to-school jitters!

Sometimes, just reading about another person's nervousness, anxiety, or stress is enough to put a child at ease during this new and exciting time.  And though there are dozens and dozens of books about starting a new school year, sometimes it's worth checking out a few new titles! Here our top 11 books to ease back-to-school jitters:

1. Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin

Pete uses catchy tunes to helps little ones embrace the new experiences that await them at school.

2. Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes

Wemberly is a worrier and the first day of school is a big worry. But, when she meets a fellow classmate, she discovers that there is no need for all those worries.

3. The Night Before Preschool by Natasha Wing

Feelings of nervousness usually creep up the night before school begins. But, the next night is usually filled with enthusiasm from a great first day of school.

Your child may also enjoy The Night Before Kindergarten and The Night Before First Grade.

4. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

Chester the Raccoon has some big feelings about the first day of school, but his mother helps to reassure him that he'll always have a part of her wherever he goes.

5. D.W.'s Guide To Preschool by Marc Brown

Arthur's sassy sister, D.W., tells readers everything they need to know about preschool! 

6. Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! by Nancy L. Carlson

Henry is excited — and a little worried — for kindergarten, but he never dreamed of how much fun he'd have!

7. Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park

Junie B. Jones isn't very excited about starting kindergarten. The school bus might be smelly and there might be mean kids on it.

8. First Day (Appleville Elementary, Book #1) by Nancy Krulik 

It's the first day of first grade, and only some of the kids are excited. 

9. Herbie Jones Sails Into Second Grade (Herbie Jones series) by Suzy Kline

Herbie Jones has two big surprises on the first day of second grade: a new friend and a new teacher, Mr. Burger.

10. Third Grade Angels by Jerry Spinelli 

George just enters third grade and wonders how the year will go, if like the rhyme says: third graders are supposed to be "angels." 

11. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Auggie couldn't go to a mainstream school because of a facial deformity. Now, he is about to start 5th grade at a new school.  Everyone is a little nervous about the new experience.

These are just some books to ease those first-day jitters, but you can also prep your child by reading even more books about school. (Plus, check out our back-to-school picks for early learners for more suggestions.) What's your family's favorite book to ease first-day jitters? Share your thoughts on the Scholastic Parents Facebook page!

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