First day of school jitters? Here are our top picks for children’s books that tackle fears!

Back to SchoolIf your child has First Day or Back to School jitters, don’t dismiss his fears. Back to School can be a difficult time for young children of all ages, but particularly younger students who may suffer from separation anxiety,

Many popular books tackle the subject. Here are a few of our top picks to get your child ready — and excited — for a new school year!

First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg. Everyone knows that sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach just before diving into a new situation. Sarah Jane Hartwell is scared and doesn’t want to start over at a new school. She doesn’t know anybody, and nobody knows her. It will be awful. She just knows it. With much prodding from Mr. Hartwell, Sarah Jane reluctantly pulls herself together and goes to school. She is quickly befriended by Mrs. Burton, who helps smooth her jittery transition.

A Pirate’s Guide to First Grade by James Preller. Arr! It’s the first day of first grade, and it’s all hands on deck for a young pirate and his crew. How much trouble can they get into? What will they do at recess? And, most important, what treasure awaits them at school?

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn. School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester’s fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called the Kissing Hand to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary. Since its first publication in 1993, this heartwarming book has become a children’s classic that has touched the lives of millions of children and their parents, especially at times of separation, whether starting school, entering daycare, or going to camp. It is widely used by kindergarten teachers on the first day of school.

The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing. It’s the first day of school! Join the kids as they prepare for kindergarten, packing school supplies, posing for pictures, and the hardest part of all–saying goodbye to Mom and Dad. But maybe it won’t be so hard once they discover just how much fun kindergarten really is!

The Berenstain Bears Go Back to School by Stan and Jan Berenstain. On the first day of the school year, Brother and Sister Bear are nervous and excited. But with tons of new stuff to learn and explore, by the closing bell they can hardly wait for day two! There’s something for everyone in this quintessential back-to-school book

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