Friday, May 7, 2010

Getting Ready for Kindergarten Booklist

Last night I had the priviledge of attending a Kindergarten Parent Information Session at a local school. As a take along resource, I created a booklist of picture books that will help children prepare for school by familiarizing them with classroom routines, activities, common anxieties, and so on. In addition, reading in itself is a great acivity to help children prepare for school. Here is a list of some "Getting Ready for Kindergarten" books. I know that some of them seem repetitive (So and so goes to School), but if a certain child has a love of a certain character, finding a book about that character getting ready to go to school just might make their day and ease the transition a little more.

Mama, Don’t Go! by Rosemary Wells
Yoko loves kindergarten, but she doesn't want her mother to leave--until her new friend helps her realize that "mothers always come back."

Countdown to Kindergarten by Alison McGhee
Ten days before the start of kindergarten, a preschooler can not tie her shoes by herself and fears the worst.

The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing
Takeoff on the classic Clement C. Moore Christmas poem as excited kids prepare for the first day of kindergarten. 'Twas the night before kindergarten, and as they prepared, kids were excited, and a little bit scared. It's the first day of school. Join the kids as they prepare for kindergarten, packing school supplies, posing for pictures, and the hardest part of all-saying goodbye to Mom and Dad. But maybe it won't be so hard once they discover just how much fun kindergarten really is.

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
When Chester the raccoon is reluctant to go to kindergarten for the first time, his mother teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him.

Franklin Goes to School by Paulette Bourgeois
Franklin is nervous about starting his first day of school.

David Goes to School by David Shannon
David's activities in school include chewing gum, talking out of turn, and engaging in a food fight, causing his teacher to say over and over, "No, David!"

Spot Goes to School by Eric Hill
Spot starts school for the first time, and as the day goes on he finds himself having more and more fun. Flaps conceal part of the illustrations.

We Share Everything! by Robert Munsch
It's the first day of kindergarten and Amanda and Jeremiah have a problem. They both want to read the same books. They want to paint with the same paints. And they refuse to share. The teacher tells them, "Look. This is kindergarten. In kindergarten we share. We share everything." Everything? Amanda and Jeremiah decide to take their teacher at her word. But what can they share? They begin by switching their shoes, and end up wearing each other's outfits! Now Jeremiah is wearing Amanda's pink shoes, pants and shirt and Amanda is wearing Jeremiah's clothes. Together they show their teacher that sharing really can be fun!

Does anyone have any other recommendations that can be added for next year?

1 comment:

  1. A kindergarten teacher at a local school recommended I Love School by Philemon Sturges as well :)