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Get your child ready for their first day at school with these fabulous books recommended by Bishop's Stortford College librarian Lizzie Hall




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

Dear Reader. It is nearly time for school and there are lots of fabulous books to boost your child's confidence, give reassurance and help familiarise them with the new school routine ahead.

Here are some book suggestions to share with new school starters...

King of the Classroom by Derrick Barnes and Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Starting school is a big milestone - and the hero of this story is ready to make his mark!

He's dressed himself, eaten a pile of pancakes and can't wait to be part of a whole new kingdom of kids.

King of the Classroom by Derrick Barnes and Vanessa Brantley-Newton (50123986)
King of the Classroom by Derrick Barnes and Vanessa Brantley-Newton (50123986)

The day will be jam-packed, but he's up to the challenge, taking new experiences in his stride with his infectious enthusiasm!

And, afterwards, he can't wait to tell his proud parents all about his achievements - and then wake up to start another day.

Author Derrick Barnes' empowering story will give new starters a reassuring confidence boost while Vanessa Brantley-Newton's illustrations exude joy.

The Colour Monster Goes to School by Anna Llenas

Anna Llenas' popular Colour Monster is back and this time he's heading off to school!

But what exactly is school? A spooky castle filled with terrifying animals? A place in the sky, amongst the rainbows and clouds?

From music lessons and lunchtime to making new friends, the Colour Monster's first day of school is filled with exciting new adventures.

The Colour Monster Goes to School by Anna Llenas (50123973)
The Colour Monster Goes to School by Anna Llenas (50123973)

I Have to Start at School Today by Simon Philip and Ged Adamson

"I have to start at school today.

'You'll have such fun!' my parents say.

I know they think I'll be okay,

But what if things don't go my way?"

Starting at a new school can be a scary business. From rhinos at the gate to bears who won't share, there are all SORTS of things that could go wrong.

Luckily, Grandma is on hand to point out that there's no need to be frightened as things could just as easily go right!

I Have to Start at School Today by Simon Philip and Ged Adamson (50123979)
I Have to Start at School Today by Simon Philip and Ged Adamson (50123979)

Let's Get Ready for School by Jane Porter and Carolina Rabei

Starting school can be a great adventure, but it can make you feel a bit nervous too.

What will school be like? What will we do there? What if I miss Mummy? Do I have to go?

Jane Porter answers all of these questions and more in this warm, witty and reassuring book for young children that explores everything they'll need to know before starting school.

Marley, Maya, Theo, Akiko, Ella and Zakir are all getting ready to start school. Why not come along with them and see what it's like? Illustrated with charming characters by Carolina Rabei, this is the perfect introduction to joining a new class.

Let’s Get Ready for School by Jane Porter and Carolina Rabei (50123984)
Let’s Get Ready for School by Jane Porter and Carolina Rabei (50123984)

Never Take a Bear to School by Mark Sperring and Britta Teckentrup

Bears are clumsy. They don't sit still. They're much, much bigger than teachers. And they eat SUCH a lot of lunch!

Yes, taking a bear to school is a bad idea. But will this little boy find the courage to face the first day of school alone?

With so much to do, like painting, dressing up, storytime and making new friends, he just might!

And Bear? He'll always be waiting at the end of the day, with a great big hug!

A delightfully funny story that will reassure every child anxious about starting a new school or nursery.

Never Take a Bear to School by Mark Sperring and Britta Teckentrup (50123971)
Never Take a Bear to School by Mark Sperring and Britta Teckentrup (50123971)

Princess Arabella Goes to School by Mylo Freeman

This is a delightful addition to the popular Princess Arabella series. Princess Arabella and her friends embark upon their first day at Princess School.

They find themselves taking some very unusual lessons – and when they are allowed to bring their pets to school, fun and games ensue!

An engaging and entertaining picture book for children aged three-plus.

Princess Arabella Goes to School by Mylo Freeman (50123977)
Princess Arabella Goes to School by Mylo Freeman (50123977)

Mae's First Day of School by Kate Berube

As Mae's first day of school approaches she decides she IS. NOT. GOING. School is scary!

What if the other kids don't like her? Or what if she's the only one who doesn't know how to write? Or what if she misses her mum?

Mae's anxiety only builds as she walks to school, but then she meets Rosie and Ms Pearl.

Will making new friends show her that they can conquer their fears together?

Mae’s First Day of School by Kate Berube (50123975)
Mae’s First Day of School by Kate Berube (50123975)

All the Words You Need to Know Before You Start School by Felicity Brookes and Jean Claude

This delightful book is the perfect way for little ones to improve spoken language skills before they start school.

Each page is filled with words to learn, covering everything from shapes, colours and numbers to animals, weather and classroom objects.

A friendly book for adults and children to share, read and talk about together.

All the Words You Need to Know Before You Start School by Felicity Brookes and Jean Claude (50123982)
All the Words You Need to Know Before You Start School by Felicity Brookes and Jean Claude (50123982)

Hugless Douglas Goes to Little School by David Melling

Hugless Douglas is very excited to be going to Little School. There is so much to do - and lots of hugs to be given out!

The much-loved Hugless Douglas books have sold over 1.6 million copies. They combine brilliantly imaginative illustrations with an endearing sense of what it's like to be a small child learning about the world.

Hugless Douglas Goes to Little School by David Melling (50123969)
Hugless Douglas Goes to Little School by David Melling (50123969)


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