The Booktrust Guide To The Best Starting School Books
BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity, has created a list of the best school books for children returning to or starting school.
To some children the idea of returning to or starting school is really exciting, but to others, it might seem a little scary.
BookTrust has put together a lovely list of children’s titles about the fun of starting school, learning about friendships, sharing and kindness and enjoying everyone’s differences.
Emily Drabble, Head of Books, BookTrust said “Summer is a great time to read books with your little one and our list will help to reassure and excite them about starting or going back to school.
We know that children who don’t have access to books and stories in the early years start school a year behind their peers, a gap that only widens as they get older.
“These lovely stories about overcoming nerves, making special friendships, and the amazing adventures school can bring are perfect to read in the run up to September.”
These books have a range in terms of genre and reading age, there’s something here for everyone.
Author: Kate Berube
It’s Mae’s first day of school, but she doesn’t want to go. Instead, she climbs a tree and refuses to come down. This charming, stylish and reassuring picture book acknowledges the anxiety that children might have about starting school.
Author: Eunice and Sabrina Moyle
Magic Manners, a large blue elephant with a superhero costume and cape, is here to remind us that kindness rules! This bright, cheery, rhyming board book is great for toddlers and pre-schoolers who are learning to share and treat others with gentleness.
Author: Rebecca Cobb
This warm-hearted picture book about making friends is a perfect read for little ones starting school or nursery who might be a bit nervous, reassuring them that there will be lots of other children who will want to make friends.
Author: Lydia Monks
Mouse does NOT want to go to school and feels sad when she gets there… but will her classmates help her see how much fun it can be? A gentle and sensitive book for nervous little ones.
Author: Jenn Bailey. Illustrator: Mika Song
Henry’s keen to make friends in his class, but it’s proving a bit of a challenge. His autism is hinted at but not referred to directly, and all young readers will empathise with Henry and find reassurance in the book’s ultimate message of hope.
Author: Davina Bell. Illustrator: Allison Colpoys
All The Ways to be Smart is an earnest and charming book celebrating the joys of all the wonderful qualities that make children who they are, with a subtle and unique message that getting excellent grades is not what makes you smart.
Author: Katy Hudson
Rabbit loves carrots so much that his whole burrow is full of them, and there’s no room for him to sleep! Katy Hudson explores the themes of friendship and sharing in this charming and beautifully illustrated picture book.
Author: Sam Lloyd
With bright bustling illustrations fizzing with quirky details and insect jokes, this cheery, rhyming introduction to starting school from a unique bugs-eye point of view is reassuring and fun.
Author: Fiona Roberton
This clever and minimal little story about three friends, their favourite toys and what happens when you share is very good indeed. The humour and the simple but sparky language is perfectly pitched at little ones.
Author: Emma Dodd
With simple rhyme and colourful artwork, this picture book celebrates every bit of the human body and reminds us that each and every body is different.
What’s your favourite book for children returning to or starting school?