Books for Kindergarten

Are there any good books to read to get my child ready for Kindergarten?

Yes, there are numerous books that you can read with your child that have Kindergarten-aged characters or take place in a Kindergarten classroom. In fact, we highly recommend reading some of these with your child. Not only will your child benefit in countless ways from reading with you but they will also be able to learn and ask questions about Kindergarten in a setting where they are comfortable. The authors and illustrators have done a great job accurately portraying Kindergarten and the feelings many Kindergarten-aged students may have.

All summaries below were taken from 

Picture Books:

The Night Before Kindergarten  by Natasha Wing. It’s almost the first day of school, and kids all over town are getting ready for it. What will Kindergarten be like? Will the teacher be nice? Will they still get to play? Anticipation and excitement are in the air as they head off to school, where they discover just how much fun Kindergarten really is!

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten  by Joseph Slate . It’s the first day of Kindergarten and Miss Bindergarten has to get the classroom ready for her students. She puts the books on the bookshelf, organizes the toys, and hangs the alphabet chart. Meanwhile, the students are waking up, brushing their teeth and getting ready to start their first day.

Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come  by Nancy Carlson. “Perfect for parents to share with their children, and the endearing Henry will offer reassurance to even the most hesitant pre-kindergarteners.” –Booklist

Countdown to Kindergarten  by Alison McGhee. Everyone knows there’s just one thing you need to be able to do before they let you into Kindergarten–tie your shoes all by yourself! So what is an almost-kindergartener to do when she can’t…though she tries and tries and tries again?

Kindergarten Rocks  by Katie Davis. Dexter already knows everything there is to know about Kindergarten. His big sister, Jessie, went there too, and she’s told him all about it. So Dexter is not scared. Not even a little bit. Nope. Not at all. But his stuff dog, Rufus, is scared.

Ms. Bitsy Bat’s Kindergarten  by Pamela Duncan Edwards. Groundhog, snake, possum and the rest of the class are excited on their second day of Kindergarten. But when they get there Mr. Fox isn’t there. They have a new teacher–and she’s a bat! Apprehension abounds, but little by little, Ms. Bat soothes each student’s fears, in this reassuring introduction to Kindergarten.

My Kindergarten  by Rosemary Wells. Join Emily, Roger, and all their classmates as they embark on their amazing journey through the Kindergarten year. Every day Miss Cribage has something for them to do: learn the alphabet, count up to 10, make best friends, sing songs, recite poetry, read stories and more. And at day’s end, there’s so much for the Kindergartners to bring home and share with their families. It’s s a celebration of the first important year of a child’s education.

Jessica  by Kevin Henkes. “There is no Jessica,” said Ruthie’s parents. But Ruthie knew there was. She ate with Jessica, played with Jessica and read her favorite books with Jessica. When the first day of school arrived, Mom and Dad hoped Ruthie would find a real friend. Were they in for a surprise!

Go Home, Mrs. Beekman  by Ann Stampler. Emily Beekman has a problem. School is starting and she doesn’t want to go. Nothing can change her mind until Mom promises to go with her–every day, forever and ever. To Emily’s surprise, she discovers that school is fun. … By snack time, Emily is ready to say good-bye to her mom. But Mrs. Beekman has other ideas, as day after day she tries one silly way after another to keep her promise and remain at school…until Emily finally comes up with a new plan that works perfectly for mother and daughter. A reassuring comic antidote for any kid — or parent! — who has ever had first-day jitters.

Miss Malarky Doesn’t Live in Room 10 by Judy Finchler  A first-grade boy is shocked, then pleased, when he discovers his teacher has a life away from school. 

Chapter Books:

Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Parks
Ramona series by Beverly Cleary


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One response to “Books for Kindergarten

  1. This is a great list of books for new Kindergarten students. I am a Kindergarten teacher. I still would stress how important nursery rhyme books of classics like humpty dumpty are very important. This is a good list to give children an idea of what to expect in Kindergarten.

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