This article by Marissa Kiepert Truong discusses the value of using children’s book to ease the transition for young-ones going from preschool to kindergarten. The transition can sometimes be a difficult one, as kids are put into a different environment with few of their reliable sources of comfort.
As Truong states,
Many children may not know what expect at school, how to interact with others, or understand that there are rules to be followed. Most importantly, children may experience a wide range of emotions from excitement to fear that can often be overwhelming for them.
She provides a list of titles that you can share with your child to help them get a grasp of what to expect and what will be expected of them. A few of the books that she recommends are:
- David Goes to School by David Shannon
- School Bus by Donald Crews
- Maisy Goes to Preschool by Lucy Cousins
- Franklin Goes to School by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark
- Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney
I would add the following books to the list that Truong has started:
- Mom, Its My First Day of Kindergarten! by Hyewon Yum
- Ready for Kindergarten, Stinky Face? by Lisa McCourt
- The Miss Bindergarten series by Joseph Slate focus almost solely on Kindergarten activities and events.