Recommended Reads For Starting School

Books can be a great way to prepare your child for starting school or moving to a new school. Here’s a selection of recommended reads from the Canadian International School of Hong Kong (CDNIS) for pre-school and primary children.
Recommended Reads For Starting School
By Carli Allan
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Canadian International School of Hong Kong (CDNIS)The first day of school brings mixed emotions to children of all ages. While some will feel excited to start a new year with new friends and new teachers, others may feel nervous and unsure. Reading can be a positive way to introduce pre-school to your young child or address the fears of a child moving up to junior school – all while bonding over a good story.

Stories that explore emotions can show children that they are not alone, and characters in certain stories can give children confidence and coping strategies. And by reading together, parents can help their child relate to a character’s feelings.


The library at Canadian International School of Hong Kong (CDNIS)

So, what can you read with your pre-schooler ahead of the first day of ‘big school’ next month?

Recommended reads from Colleen Williams, librarian at Canadian International School of Hong Kong (CDNIS)

Chu's First Day at School by Neil Gaiman
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Wilson
We Don't Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins
First Day Jitters by Julie Dannberg
David Goes to School by David Shannon

Other recommended books for starting pre-school and primary

First Day by Andrew Daddo
I Am Too Absolutely Small for School by Lauren Child
Countdown to Kindergarten by Alison McGhee
Curious George Goes to School by Margret Rey
The Berenstain Bears Go to School by Jan and Stan Berenstain
Hey, New Kid by Betsy Duffey
Marshall Armstrong is New to our School by David Mackintosh
The Kid in the Red Jacket by Barbara Park
Wemberley Worried by Kevin Henkes

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