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Mr Men, Blue Kangaroo and a unicorn among the characters Bishop's Stortford College librarian Lizzie Hall recommends to get children prepared for their first day at school




Bishop's Stortford College Prep School librarian Lizzie Hall writes about the magic of storytelling...

Dear Reader. Starting school is an important milestone in a child's life. Sharing engaging stories and picture books about starting school is a great way to prepare your child for their first day.

Here's a selection of books about starting school...

Come to School too, Blue Kangaroo! by Emma Chichester Clarke

When Lily starts at a new school she asks Blue Kangaroo to come too.

Lily thinks Blue Kangaroo is worried about going but, secretly, he can't wait to explore and try new things – which is just as well, because the fun lasts even longer than he expected.

Come to School too, Blue Kangaroo! by Emma Chichester Clarke (40410902)
Come to School too, Blue Kangaroo! by Emma Chichester Clarke (40410902)

Starting School by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Are you starting school soon? How exciting!

If you can't wait to start school, or are feeling a little nervous, this is the perfect book for you.

Full of humour and fun, this reassuring read will help children and parents get ready for the first day of school, and find out what to expect from the rest of their first term.

Starting School by Allan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg (40410920)
Starting School by Allan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg (40410920)

First Day at Bug School by Sam Lloyd

"At the bottom of the garden

where no one really sees,

a secret school is hidden

amongst the grass and weeds."

Welcome to Bug School! Don't be nervous on your first day - it's lots of fun. Learn creeping with the spiders, singing with the crickets, count spots with the ladybirds and hop, skip and jump in PE with the fleas!

A rhythmic, bright celebration of school, starring some very cute bugs indeed! Sure to allay first-day-at-school fears.

First Day at Bug School by Sam Lloyd (40410915)
First Day at Bug School by Sam Lloyd (40410915)

Lucy and Tom go to School by Shirley Hughes

Lucy has her school things ready. She has a new grey skirt, a pair of brown shoes, a pencil case and a satchel. Tom wishes that he had a satchel too.

Full of warmth and good humour, the happy simplicity of childhood is captured in this richly illustrated, classic picture book about two young children's first experience of school.

Lucy and Tom Go to School by Shirley Hughes (40410909)
Lucy and Tom Go to School by Shirley Hughes (40410909)

My School Unicorn by Willow Evans and Tom Knight

It's almost time for Evie to go to school, but thinking about it makes her feel all wobbly and anxious. Nursery is lots of fun, but big school sounds a little bit scary.

But when Evie puts on her new school uniform, she makes a magical discovery. Hidden inside the pocket of her jumper is Bobby, a tiny school unicorn! Bobby has a very important job - helping children feel brave when they go to school.

With her new magical friend by her side, Evie soon learns that starting school is lots of fun!

A magical tale of friendship to soothe your little one's starting-school worries. Includes instructions on how to make your very own school unicorn!

My School Unicorn by Willow Evans and Tom Knight (40410912)
My School Unicorn by Willow Evans and Tom Knight (40410912)

Mr Men go to School by Adam Hargreaves

Little Miss Tiny is going to school and some of the other Mr Men and Little Miss with a few things to learn are joining her!

How will Mr Muddle get on with maths and will Mr Messy create a work of art in painting?

Mr Men go to School by Adam Hargreaves (40410900)
Mr Men go to School by Adam Hargreaves (40410900)

When a Dragon Goes to School by Caryl Hart and Rosalind Beardshaw

The perfect book for any little dragon (or child) getting ready to start school or nursery!

This delightful rhyming follow-up to When a Dragon Comes to Stay by award-winning picture book creators Caryl Hart and Rosalind Beardshaw is full of recognisable pre-school behaviour.

When a dragon goes to school, will she enjoy a book in the reading den and save her lunchtime treats for a friend? Or will she throw the crayons and refuse to share?

She's going to need her friends to help her behave herself - she is a dragon after all!

When a Dragon Goes to School by Caryl Hart and Rosalind Beardshaw (40411044)
When a Dragon Goes to School by Caryl Hart and Rosalind Beardshaw (40411044)


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