The first day of school can be an exciting or intimidating experience for children. It is crucial for children to have a successful transition to school as this will affect their long-term academic development and social outcomes (Sayers et al., 2012). Getting children off to a good start in school helps them to feel secure and comfortable in their new learning environment, which is important for their emotional well-being and ability to learn (Santo & Berman, 2012).
One of the ways to achieve a smooth transition to school is to consider children’s expectations about what it means to start school and to identify possible discrepancies between their expectations and actual school environment (Santo & Berman, 2012).
Introducing picture books to children about starting school can help them reduce their uncertainties and fears about school. Reading stories that touch on expected behaviours at school, school routine and interaction with teachers and friends creates opportunities for children to explore all the emotions and scenarios of the ‘first day’.
Chicken in School
Author: Adam Lehrhaupt
Publisher: New York: Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017
Call No.: JP LEH
Summary: Zoey the adventure-loving chicken sets up a classroom in the barn and appoints herself teacher, but her friend Sam the pig is nervous that she will not provide snack time.
School’s First Day of School
Author: Adam Rex
Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2016
Call No.: JP REX
Summary: It's the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone's just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself.
Little Owl's First Day
Author: Debi Gliori
Publisher: London, England : Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2018
Call No.: JP GLI
Summary: It’s big day for Little Owl. His first day at school. Little Owl doesn’t want a big day though. He’d rather stay at home and have fun with Mummy and Baby Owl. But at school he gets to build a rocket, learn to fly and even make a tiny new friend. Maybe big days spent with friends can be lots of fun after all!
We Don't Eat Our Classmates!
Author: Ryan T. Higgins
Publisher: Los Angeles; New York: Disney-Hyperion, 2018
Call No.: JP HIG
Summary: When the class pet bites the finger of Penelope, a tyrannosaurus rex, she finally understands why she should not eat her classmates, no matter how tasty they are.
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