Starting School Reading Books

Starting School Reading Books: A collection of books we are reading and have reviewed in this post

A really simple and subtle way to prepare your pre-schooler for starting primary school is through reading books.

Reading together was one piece of advice that all of my teacher friends gave when they contributed to this post. All of them couldn’t emphasise enough the importance of reading to your child, particularly in the lead up to starting school. Not only does it help encourage early literacy skills but it also gives you and your child the opportunity to talk about starting school using various points and themes featured in the story.

Starting School Reading Books

Elsie reading Starting School

Following her school induction day, I’m conscious that I need to approach the discussion surrounding school carefully and reading a story together is working out to be a really subtle way to broach the subject with ease.

So over the last few weeks, I’ve been building up a little collection of Starting School focused books to read to Elsie. Each of them are really useful in different ways and I’m still planning to purchase a few more, such as I Am Absolutely Too Small For School, The Wolf Who Wouldn’t Go To School and Lucy & Tom at School, which I actually remember having when I was small and is no doubt collecting dust in a box in the loft. But for now below are the collection of books we’ve been reading so far, which I hope you’ll find useful.

Elsie and I reading Ruby's Worry together

Starting School by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Starting School Reading Books: a photography of the book Starting School

A nostalgic and classic book that I remember reading when I was little. It’s beautiful illustrations and the simplistic way in which the first few days of primary school are broken down are just the right amount of perfect.

If you purchase one book for your pre-schooler, definitely make it this one. It will stir up warm memories from your days at primary school and make you excited for your child to experience all the fun and new adventures that primary school will offer.

Ruby’s Worry by Tom Percival

Starting School Reading Books: a photograph of the book Ruby's Worry

This book is simply brilliant at breaking down and explaining the concept of Worry to a child. It teaches them that Worries are normal and that everybody has them. But most importantly it explains how a Worry only gets bigger if you don’t talk about it.

I especially love how easy it was to have a discussion with Elsie after reading this book together, about opening up and not letting things Worry her. Elsie said, “I don’t like the Worry, it’s a bit sad,” so we started talking about having Worries and always talking to a grown up if she starts to get a Worry about anything.

Usborne Starting School Sticker Book

Not so much as a reading book, but this sticker book is still a great way to sit down together and discuss all of the things they will be doing at school. From putting coats on pegs to learning numbers and having lunch, this cute activity book takes the child through a day at school where they can add stickers to each activity.

The Tale of Starting School

The Tale of Starting School is designed to help children and parents document this big adventure into a personalised book. With the aim towards helping give children a better and more supported understanding of this particular transition. 

Created by primary school teacher Natalie Talisman and illustrated by Kirsten Taylor, The Tale of Starting School book really has covered every important aspect for little ones when starting school. We were lucky enough to be gifted this beautiful book and you can check out our full review over on this blog post here.

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Dr Seuss

Starting School Reading Books: a photograph of the book Oh, The Places You'll Go

It’s been years since I last read a Dr Seuss book. Oh, The Places You’ll Go! is bursting with quirkiness and silliness, but above all is beautifully honest and heartfelt. Full of uplifting passages that even parents will appreciate. This is definitely a book that I hope that we’ll keep pulling out from the shelf for years to come and it will be even better hearing Elsie read it to me instead one day.

If you’ve got any Starting School related story book suggestions, then I would love to hear them in the comments below.

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