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August is Get Ready for Kindergarten Month

One of the great milestones for children and parents is the first day of kindergarten. It has even been said All I Really Need to Know I learned In Kindergarten.

Parents worry and ask: Is my child ready? Will they make friends? Will they be a good students? Will they be able to learn all the things they need to know? Despite all the fears and insecurities, children are excited to be making, what may be, the first big break in the parent/child relationship. To celebrate and support a smooth entry into the schooling experience August is Get Ready for Kindergarten Month. We are highlighting just a few of the engaging children's books about going to kindergarten and books for parents that may ease some of those fears.

So shine up those new shoes, pack the new lunch box, put your tissues and new crayons in the backpack - we're going to KINDERGARTEN!

Book jacket for Adventure Annie Goes to Kindergarten by Toni BuzzeoAdventure Annie Goes to Kindergarten by Toni Buzzeo

Annie Grace wears her "Adventure Annie" cape to her first day of kindergarten, and proceeds to barrel through the day, searching for adventure in every moment. Her interpretation of the class's Gold Star Rules isn't exactly what her teacher, Mr. Todd, had in mind. But somehow Annie does manage to save the day when two of her classmates get lost on their way to retrieve the afternoon snack. Spirited and funny, this is an introduction to kindergarten that will please kids and teachers alike.

Book jacket for A Place Called Kindergarten by Jessica HarperA Place Called Kindergarten by Jessica Harper

Tommy has gone someplace called "kindergarten" and the animals are worried. What will happen to him there? Will he ever come back?

Winner of a NAPPA Gold Award (National Parenting Publications)


Book jacket for Countdown to Kindergarten by Alison McGheeCountdown to Kindergarten by Alison McGhee

It's just ten days before kindergarten, and this little girl has heard all there is to know--from a first grader--about what it's going to be like. You can't bring your cat, you can't bring a stuffed animal, and the number one rule? You can't ask anyone for help. Ever. So what do you do when your shoes come untied, if you're the only one in the class who doesn't know how to tie them up again?
Told with gentle humor by Alison McGhee and brought to exuberant life by New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss, this lighthearted take on pre-kindergarten anxiety will bring a smile to the face of every child--and parent--having first-day jitters.



Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? by Audrey VernickBook jacket for Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? by Audrey Vernick

Your buffalo is growing up. He plays with friends. He shares his toys. He's smart! But is he ready for kindergarten? (And is kindergarten ready for him?)

Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? is a hilarious look at first-day-of-school jitters from author Audrey Vernick and illustrator Daniel Jennewein.


Book jacket for Kindergarten Cat by J. Patrick LewisKindergarten Cat by J. Patrick Lewis

Here's the purr-fect read-aloud for kindergarteners!

When Mr. Bigbuttons finds a tiny stray kitty cat outside near the jungle gym, he knows exactly where to bring it-into the kindergarten classroom, of course. And so the children welcome their newest classmate, name her Tinker Toy, and share their circle time spots with her. Tinker Toy fits right in, even answering Teacher's questions with a loud "Meow!"

J. Patrick Lewis is one of the most renowned children's poets writing today, and he has created a real gem. His simple rhyming text demands to be read aloud-and the large type and bright, irresistible illustrations by Ailie Busby make this a fantastic book for story time in classrooms and libraries.


Book jacket for Miss Bindergarten Has a Wild Day in Kindergarten by Joseph SlateMiss Bindergarten Has a Wild Day in Kindergarten by Joseph Slate

Things are always a little rowdy with twenty-six kindergartners, but there are some days when chaos reigns. Watch what happens to Miss Bindergarten's rambunctious class when water overflows, ants are on the loose, and oozy paint smudges. But with help from school staff members, Miss Bindergarten and the class survive, even finding time to plant seeds and witness the wonder of butterflies emerging from their chrysalises. With the jaunty rhymes and sweetly hilarious illustrations that have been the trademark of all of Miss Bindergarten's adventures in kindergarten, this lively book will be familiar and thoroughly entertaining to young children and their patient teachers.


Book jacket for Natalie: school's first day of me by Dandi Daley MackallNatalie: school's first day of me by Dandi Daley Mackall

Natalie has big five-year-old dreams for her future. So big, that her heart gets thumpy with excitement. Nat uses her very own words to tell about her hopes, struggles, and adventures. This makes the That's Nat! series perfect for young readers just ready for chapter books. Is School Ready for Natalie? Natalie's jitters go away when she sees her kindiegarden room. She decides her first day of school is going to be the best ever, one she'll never forget. And one the school won't forget, either!



Book jacket for Kindergarten Success by Amy JamesKindergarten Success: everything you need to know to help your child learn by Amy James

In this new addition to the Knowledge Essentials series, Kindergarten Success shows you how to enrich your child's classroom learning and take an active role in your kindergarten's education by exploring:

  • What your child is learning at school and the educational standards to expect in math, language arts, science, and social studies-as well as the developmental skills expected of your kindergartener
  • Your child's learning style-visual, auditory, or kinesthetic- and how it affects the way your child learns and processes information
  • Hundreds of easy-to-do activities designed to help your child meet specific learning requirements
  • Environmental learning sections that identify learning opportunities in the everyday world Methods and checklists to assess your child's progress
  • The developmental and social changes expected of your kindergartener as well as information on how to determine readiness to move up to the first grade
  • Recommendations of age-appropriate books and software that will enhance learning


Book jacket for What Your Preschooler Needs to Know by E.D. HirschWhat Your Preschooler Needs to Know: read-alouds to get ready for kindergarten by E.D. Hirsch

Prepare your child for a lifetime of learning and wonder. Designed for parents to enjoy with children, filled with opportunities for reading aloud and fostering curiosity, this beautifully illustrated read-aloud anthology offers preschoolers the fundamentals they need to prepare for a happy, productive time in school—and for the rest of their lives. Millions of children have benefited from the acclaimed Core Knowledge Series, developed in consultation with parents, educators, and the most distinguished developmental psychologists. In addition to valuable advice to parents, including what it means for a child to be ready for kindergarten, special sidebars throughout the book help parents make reading aloud fun and interactive, suggesting questions to ask, connections to make, and games to play to enrich their preschooler’s learning experience.

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