Book List: 14 books to get preschool-ready

Books about starting kindergarten

Hi ho hi ho, it’s off to little school they go! Starting preschool is a momentous occasion in any tyke’s life. There are games to play and friends to meet, glue sticks to wield and a whole day away from Mum – which might be an exciting or frightening prospect!

Whether they’re jittery, skittery or jumping up and down with enthusiasm, there are lots of books to calm pre-school nerves and get tots excited about starting kindergarten. And with tender moments and funny bits, these terrific titles share the love – and laughs.

Here are 14 books about starting preschool to help little poppets (and parents) get ready.

Kindergarten ROCKS!

Kindergarten Rocks by Katie Davis

Kindergarten ROCKS! by Katie Davis: Dexter is, like, totally set for preschool, thanks to inside info from his big sister, Jessie. His stuffed dog, Rufus, on the other hand is terrified… but not for long!

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Look, There’s a Hippopotamus in the Playground Eating Cake

LOOK, THERE'S A HIPPOPOTAMUS IN THE PLAYGROUND EATING CAKE By Hazel Edwards, Deborah Niland

Look, There’s a Hippopotamus in the Playground Eating Cake by Hazel Edwards & Deborah Niland: When he’s not busy eating cake on the roof, this happy hippo is accompanying a little girl on her first day at school – meeting the teacher, making friends and squeezing onto a person-sized swing.

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What to Expect at Preschool

What to Expect at Preschool by Heidi Eisenberg Murkoff & Laura Rader

What to Expect at Preschool by Heidi Eisenberg Murkoff & Laura Rader: Some dogs can sit and roll, but Angus the Answer Dog can respond to kids’ questions about preschool. Clever boy!

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The Kissing Hand

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, Ruth E Harper & Nancy M Lea

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, Ruth E Harper & Nancy M Leak: Chester Raccoon does not want to go to school in the forest. Then Mrs Raccoon shares a heart-warming family secret (aka parent hack) called the Kissing Hand. Shhh!

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Maisy Goes to Preschool

Maisy Goes to Preschool by Lucy Cousins:

Maisy Goes to Preschool by Lucy Cousins: With bright-as-a-button colours and fun activities on every page, youngsters will get caught up in the excitement of Maisy the mini-mouse’s first day at preschool. Squee!

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Llama Llama Misses Mama

Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney:

Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney: ‘Strange new teacher, strange new toys, lots of kids and lots of noise’ – yes, everyone’s favourite llama is starting preschool and he’s not totally sold on the whole idea… At first, anyway.

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Bye-bye Time

'Bye-Bye Time' by Elizabeth Verdick

Bye-bye Time by Elizabeth Verdick & Marieka Heinlen: Being dropped off at childcare means saying “good-bye” to Mum or Dad. The book shares sweet rituals to help children understand what ‘good-bye’ means and make it less traumatic for them.

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My Preschool

My Preschool by Anne Rockwell

My Preschool by Anne Rockwell: Meet a happy little chappy who smiles his way through the preschool day – with some bumps and thrills thrown in for good measure!

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I Love You All Day Long

I Love You All Day Long by Francesca Rusackas & Priscilla Burris

I Love You All Day Long by Francesca Rusackas & Priscilla Burris: This little piggy went to preschool and little people will be happy to hear that parents always come back to pick up their children – be them piglets or humans!

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The Night Before Preschool

The Night Before Preschool by Natasha Wing & Amy Wummer

The Night Before Preschool by Natasha Wing & Amy Wummer: ‘Tis the night before preschool and all through the house, not a creature is stirring – except for one nervous little boy called Billy. See jitters transform into excitement with this beautiful, rhyming tale.

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Spot Goes to School

Spot Goes to School by Eric Hill

Spot Goes to School by Eric Hill: Paws in paint and puppy smiles, that’s what this book is made of! Youngsters will love sharing Spot’s school day (and lifting the flaps).

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My First Day at Nursery School

My First Day at Nursery School by Becky Edwards & Anthony Flintoft

My First Day at Nursery School by Becky Edwards & Anthony Flintoft: Calm any preschool nerves with this comforting tale of a little girl who starts the day missing her mummy, then gets in the groove with singing, dancing, games and glue!

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It’s The First Day of Preschool, Chloe Zoe!

It's The First Day of Preschool, Chloe Zoe! by Jane Smith

It’s The First Day of Preschool, Chloe Zoe! by Jane Smith: There’s a trunkload of fun ahead with this tale about a little elephant who’s nervous about starting preschool – until the songs, stories and painting start!

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My New Preschool

My New Preschool by Moira Butterfield & Estelle Corke

My New Preschool by Moira Butterfield & Estelle Corke: With flaps, picture wheels and sliding tabs, this interactive picture book will get little people feeling great about starting preschool. Yay!

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