Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Building Confidence, Instilling Love
|photo credit: laffy4k on flickr|
After 18 years as a student, 8 years as a classroom teacher, and my first year as the mom of a school-age child, here are my picks for The Top Ten Picture Books for Starting School:
(In No Particular Order)
10. Going to School: An Usborne First Experiences Book
Very straightforward, with the facts and details little ones need to feel prepared for a new environment, new routines, and new people.
9. The Seals on the Bus
Less about preparation and more about imparting joy, this book is a take on the classic song infused with animal noises and funny illustrations.
8. The Twelve Days of Kindergarten
Even if your little one (like mine) isn’t ready for kindergarten just yet, this makes a nice introduction to the concept of school and some of the fun learning activities that take place there.
7. If You Take a Mouse to School
Again, not so much realism but a lot of fun, this addition to Numeroff’s series features realistic school activities paired with silly mouse antics always good for a laugh.
6. Will I Have a Friend?
A classic with some dated elements, (how many kindergartens still have nap time?) you’ll still love the story of a young boy’s experience with first day jitters and finding comfort in a new classmate.
5. I Love You All Day Long
This is a sweet story to remind children that they are loved no matter where they are or what they (or their parents) are doing.
4. Llama Llama Misses Mama
When little llama misses Mama during the school day, his teacher and friends help him feel better and remind him that she is sure to return.
3. What Did You Do Today?
This book follows the activities of both parent and child during the day, a pleasant and comforting read for children curious about what Mommy or Daddy might be doing while they’re gone.
2. A Bad Case of Stripes
Especially suited to slightly older children, (more of a back-to-school suggestion) this is a story of a little girl’s struggle with being preoccupied about what others will think of her, and it teaches a valuable lesson about being true to yourself.
1. The Kissing Hand (This really is my #1 pick!)
A classic comforting tale of Chester the raccoon and his mother preparing for Chester’s day away at school. She assures him her love will always be there when he needs it by placing a kiss in his hand; a tradition sure to start in many families who share this book.
I’m linking up with Top Ten Tuesday at Oh Amanda! and Show and Tell at ABC and 123.
You can find some more suggestions from Vanessa for start of school books and crafts at Silly Eagle Books. Or check out Christianne's choices for books and snacks at Little Page Turners.
If you have suggestions for our start of school reading selections, please share!
Come back Friday to link up your book post for this week (school-themed or otherwise) at Feed Me Books Friday!