Starting School July 3, 2019 – Posted in: Book News

The end of term is almost upon us, and after a well-earned rest teachers will be welcoming in a new class for the start of the next academic year. Some children will be moving to a completely new school or will be starting school for the first time in September. It can be a huge emotional wrench for children to leave their parents or carers; add to that new friends, teachers, routines and a totally different setting to navigate, so much change can lead to a really challenging time for many children.

For other children, starting school is not a worry but a source of great excitement, perhaps they are familiar with the school setting due to having older siblings or they have an easily adaptable nature and are keen to take the next step from their previous setting to the world of the ‘big school’. It is likely that every Reception class will have a mixture of different emotional and practical attitudes and needs around starting school and the teachers – working closely with the parents – will ensure that every child’s need is met.

In those early days you will be preparing those new to the class to settle into school life happily, to adapt to timetables and class rules. To reassure children and to make this transition as smooth as possible there are some lovely children’s books out there on the subject. We have chosen a selection of books that address potential worries a child might have about starting school, books that focus on how exciting it is to start school or move to a new school and books that help children to understand how to welcome and treat new children to the class.

Starting School

From first day nerves to finding your peg, this reassuring read is full of humour and fun for children and parents alike. A classic picture book which offers advice and enjoyment for the whole family before school starts.

Marshall Armstrong is New to our School

Quirky, witty and brilliant, Marshall Armstrong is new to school and he definitely stands out from the crowd; but will he find it easy to make friends? A highly original take on a perennially popular theme from an exciting talent.

Marshall Armstrong is new to our school.

He looks different to me.

His laces are straight, not criss-crossed like mine,

And his eyes are always looking at the blackboard.

Marshall Armstrong doesn’t fit into our school.

Not one bit…

…but it doesn’t take long for Marshall to prove that you don’t have to follow the crowd to be the most popular kid in the playground.

A quirky and witty ‘first day at school’ story from a brilliant new talent.


Imagine a world where everyone is kind – how can we make that come true?

With gorgeous pictures by a host of top illustrators, Kind is a timely, inspiring picture book about the many ways children can be kind, from sharing their toys and games to helping those from other countries feel welcome.

The book is endorsed by illustrator Axel Scheffler, and one pound from the sale of each printed copy will go to the Three Peas charity, which gives vital help to refugees from war-torn countries.

Never Take a Bear to School

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 by Mark Sperring and Britta Teckentrup that will reassure every child anxious about starting a new school.

Come to School Too Blue Kangaroo

Lily and Blue Kangaroo – a friendship forever! The eighth title in this hugely popular series featuring Lily and her loveable soft toy sees the inseparable duo starting at a new school with surprising results.

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…

A reassuring story for children starting school.

I am Absolutely too Small to go to School

Charlie’s little sister Lola is nearly big enough to go to school. But Lola is not so sure…

Lola says, “I am absolutely not BIG. I am still really quite small. I probably do not have time to go to school. I am too extremely busy doing important things at home.”

This classic first-day-at-school tale addresses children’s fears with warmth, humour, and a lot of fun.

Little Owl’s First Day at School

It’s a big day for Little Owl. His first day at school. Little Owl doesn’t want a big day though. He’d rather stay at home and have fun with Mummy and Baby Owl.

But at school he gets to build a rocket, learn to fly and even make a tiny new friend. Maybe big days spent with friends can be lots of fun after all!

From the bestselling creators of Little Owl’s Egg comes another gentle and comforting story about the lovable Little Owl. Perfect for any little one starting nursery or school.

Chu’s First Day at School

Chu is a little panda with a BIG sneeze and when his first day at school approaches he is nervous. Will the other boys and girls be nice? Will they like Chu? A fabulously warm and funny story about little Chu and his enormous sneeze!

Going to School

Spend the day at school and join the little girl in everything she does in a day – from breakfast to bedtime. Meet her classmates and try to spot what each friend is up to in every lesson throughout the book. Can you guess what they want to be when they grow up? This reassuring introduction to the school day for little ones has bright, friendly artwork and is perfect for children about to go off to school for the first time.