Moving up to primary school is a big step for your little one. There's a lot to take in; new faces, new routines and new expectations to meet too. Even parents can find the process a little daunting!
There are a number things you can do to help prepare your child for the transition, but reading together is probably one of the simplest and most effective ways you can help. The right stories will put your child's mind at ease, illustrate what life at big school will be like and allow them to ask any questions that pop up as the narrative unfolds.
Here are 5 of our favourite books to help a child starting school...
1. Harry and the Dinosaurs Go to School by Ian Whybrow
Filled with wonderful characters, the story of Harry and his dinosaurs will help show your little one just how much fun big school can be.
2. Starting School by Allan Ahlberg
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.
3. Going to School by Anna Civardi
Simple, engaging illustrations and lovable characters ensure children will adore this short tale. The story provides plenty of opportunity for discussion too.
4. Charlie and Lola: I am Too Absolutely Small for School by Lauren Child
This classic tale of first-day-at-school worries addresses children's fears with warmth, humour and fun.
5. Lucy and Tom Go to School by Shirley Hughes
With beautiful illustrations, this book perfectly captures the warmth and simplicity of childhood. Although a little old-fashioned, it still contains lots of useful information that will help prepare your child for school.
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