Here in Indiana, there’s less than a month of summer vacation left. School will be starting soon! For many kids, that means the first day of Kindergarten is only a few weeks away.

My oldest started Kindergarten last year, and he was very excited…and a little nervous, too. Would he make friends? Would he like his teacher? Would he know what to do? Would he have fun? Reading these books with him helped ease his fears. He ended up having a great first day (and first year) of school!

If you have a little one who will be making the transition to Kindergarten, or if you’re a Kindergarten teacher looking for a great “first day” read aloud, I highly recommend these books!

Have a little one starting preschool? Check out ourĀ 7 Books for the First Day of Preschool.

9 Books for the First Day of Kindergarten

9 Books for the First Day of Kindergarten

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Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten by Hyewon Yum – An excited child reassures a nervous mom about the first day of Kindergarten.

My First Day of School by P.K. Hallinan – Daniel is nervous and full of questions as he leaves preschool behind and prepares for Kindergarten. Will Kindergarten be fun?


Ready, Set, Kindergarten! by Paula Ayer – A young narrator shows all the ways she’s a big girl. She’s ready for the next step: Kindergarten!

Planet Kindergarten by Sue Ganz-Schmitt – Kindergarten is compared to a space adventure in this fun and exciting read.

Monkey: Not Ready for Kindergarten by Marc Brown – Kindergarten is one week away, and Monkey is NOT ready! This book is great for the nervous or worried child.

Ready for Kindergarten, Stinky Face? by Lisa McCourt – Stinky Face is full of “what ifs” as he gets ready for Kindergarten. This early reader is perfect for those who have already started to explore reading aloud with help.

Adventure Annie Goes to Kindergarten by Toni Buzzeo – Annie Grace is always looking for adventure, which gets her into some trouble when she heads to Kindergarten. However, she’s able to help save the day when problems arise!

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate – Miss Bindergarten books are a great introduction to the world of school. This first book also reviews the alphabet!

Countdown to Kindergarten by Alison McGhee – What happens in Kindergarten when you need help? This book will calm students’ fears about asking the teacher for assistance on the first day and beyond.


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