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10 back-to-school books for first-day fears

With the school year looming ever closer, first day nerves might be starting to appear in your household. You and your little one can calm those back-to-school (or starting school!) jitters by reading the following books together, all of which show kids that school isn’t scary — in fact, school can be fun!

Psst… these back-to-school books will help Mom and Dad feel less nervous, too.

Here’s a list of our favourite books about the classroom to get your children excited for school.

10)The Kissing Hand
Written by: Audrey Penn
Illustrated by: Ruth E. Harper
Tanglewood Press, $15
Ages 5+

Beloved by children and parents alike for over twenty years, The Kissing Hand tells the story of Chester Raccoon, who doesn’t want to go to school. Mrs. Raccoon kisses his palm and tells him to press his hand to his cheek whenever he feels lonely, thereby giving him a way to take her love and reassurance with him wherever he goes.

9) Llama Llama Misses Mama
Written by: Anna Dewdney
Illustrated by: Anna Dewdney
Viking, $21
Ages 3-5

On Llama Llama’s first day of preschool, Mama Llama helps him meet his teachers and fellow students. But then she has to leave! Llama Llama misses his mama, but soon makes friends with his classmates, plays new games, and has lots of stories to tell Mama Llama when she (of course) comes back.

8)Franklin Goes to School
Written by: Paulette Bourgeois
Illustrated by: Brenda Clark
Kids Can Press, $13
Ages 3-5

Franklin is both excited and nervous to start his first day of school (his tummy feels “full of jumping frogs”). But with the help of new friends, new adventures, and a new pencil case full of coloured pencils, Franklin learns that school can be fun.

Click here for the rest of the list, from Today’s Parent magazine.