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Back-to-School Jitters

Published on Fri, 08/16/2019 - 10:15am
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The time has come for kids to head back to school! This is an exciting time for children—the start of a new year, freshly bought school supplies. Some children might be starting at a new school, and some may be starting school for the first time. All of these situations might not just bring excitement, but also anxiety. Fortunately, a good book can help.

From first-day anxiety, to making new friends, to dealing with a bully, the following titles are a great way to help put children at ease:

  • My First Day of School by Nancy Skarmeas – Daniel loves preschool and doesn’t want to have to ride a big bus to a new place, with a new teacher, and new friends. However, Mom convinces him to try it for at least one day and see how it goes. This book is a great read for kindergartners who may be nervous about making the shift from a small, part-time preschool to full time at a larger school.
  • Tomorrow Is the First Day of School by Maureen MacDowell – A young girl has butterflies before her first day of school, so she tries to prepare herself. She makes sure to get her stuff together and pick out her outfit. Then, her mind races with questions, and she finds it hard to sleep. Mom making a special breakfast and a teacher who is also new help alleviate her fears.
  • Fall Is for School by Robert Neubecker – Usually it is the younger sibling that is hesitant about going to school. However, in this delightful book, big brother needs to be convinced that leaving summer behind and heading back to the classroom is going to be a good idea.
  • The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson – School can be hard when children feel like outsiders. Whether it is because of their name, skin color, culture, or even lack of athletic ability. This book directly talks to children who have these feelings of otherness and gives them advice about how to embrace themselves and share their stories.
  • This School Year Will Be the Best by Kay Winters – A teacher asks her students what their hopes are for the new school year. The kids come up with some good ideas, some great ideas, and some just plain wacky ideas. Adorably illustrated, this fun book will make students think about the wonderful possibilities that await them.
  • Milk Goes to School by Terry Border – When Milk goes to school for the first time, the others think she is spoiled. She must find a way to get along with Waffle, Peanut, and Egg. A humorous tale with interesting illustrations, Milk Goes to School teaches children how to deal with the struggles of making friends at school.
  • Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun by Maria Dismondy: When Lucy is made fun of by a boy in her class for her “different” ways, she is afraid to say anything. Then the boy ends up needing her help. This is a great story for any child that is dealing with teasing at school by showing them how to be proud of who they are.

Whether a child is beginning school for the first time or returning, these books all have something to offer. And the titles above are just the beginning. Come to any MCPL branch, and you will find a plethora of books for both children and their parents as they navigate the change from summer to school.

Pamela M.
Antioch Branch

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