SHARED by: Katherine Grier, librarian, York Avenue Preschool

If your first-time or returning preschooler needs a little encouragement, try sharing these books about separation and what to expect at school.  Some, like The Kissing Hand and Wemberly Worried, are timeless classics.

Others, like Foxy and Daniel Goes to School (which I particularly recommend because it deals with Daniel separating from his dad, rather than his mom) are more modern.  All are fun and loving stories that are sure to help ease worries and get even the most reluctant child excited for September.

Stories about Separation and First Day Jitters

Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

Will I Have a Friend? by Miriam Cohen

I Love You All Day Long by Francesca Rusackas

Daniel Tiger Goes to School by Becky Friedman

Oh My Baby, Little One by Kathi Appelt

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

The Night Before Preschool by Natasha Wing

Foxy by Emma Dodd 

Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes

Stories About What To Expect at Preschool

Maisy Goes to Preschool by Lucy Cousins

I Love School by Philemon Sturges

Mouse’s First Day of School by Lauren Thompson

Monsters Love School by Mike Austin

The Pout Pout Fish Goes To School by Deborah Diesen

Dinosaur Vs School by Bob Shea

Chu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman

Rosie Goes to Preschool by Karen Katz