Since I was not with my child this week, I have decided to dedicated this post to our favorite books about kindergarten. We will be rereading some of them next week to prepare for the big day that is coming up only a week from now.
My Kindergarten by Rosemary Wells has been so well received that I ordered a copy for our home library. It’s literary a kindergarten encyclopedia that covers the full year of kindergarten. The only unrealistic part in the book is that the class has only 6 students (Smarty’s class is going to have about 25). Oh, and the students are all animals, but this is perfectly OK in my daughter’s eyes.
We loved every book by Antoinette Portis, an author of Not a Stick and Not a Box. Kindergarten Diary is more “conventional” in terms of illustrations and story, but we both really enjoyed the book when we picked it up from the library some time ago. The book starts with a little girl expressing a lot of concerns about kindergarten that are very similar to my daughter’s fears. It proceeds to tell the story of discovery and fun. Good read!
We got Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten as a gift from Smarty's preschool for her preschool graduation, and I think we will pick up a couple more books from the same series by Joseph Slate/Ashley Wolff, because while the story is not terribly involved, it’s humorous and presents the start of kindergarten from multiple point of views. It’s also a good ABC book for parents and readers looking for entertaining alphabet books.
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn is a classic book that just keeps giving. We got it for our home library when Smarty started preschool, and she pulls it out when she needs some extra reassurance. We were using the kissing hand ritual often on those difficult mornings when daughter really didn’t feel like staying in her preschool, and I have a hunch that we will continue to use it when she goes to K. This book is a must-read for big life transitions.
Your turn: What are your favorite books about starting school?