Going to school for the first time is exciting…and maybe a little scary! In Llama Llama Misses Mama, little Llama is like a lot of children, anxious about the first day of school. When he is finally in the classroom without his mama, little Llama really MISSES her!
You can listen to Anna Dewdney herself read aloud Llama Llama Misses Mama. Find out what little llama does when he misses his Mama that helps him have a fun day at school anyway!
In, I am Too Absolutely Small for School, Lola is not happy about having to go to school. When her older brother Charlie tells her about all the fun things that go on there, Lola becomes less nervous and starts looking forward to attending her first day.
Start a reading tradition in your family like this one from Shellie Rich, Public Services Librarian at Central Library:
“I love this book so much…I am pretty sure it is the best kindergarten book ever. And we still call my twelve-year-old’s school uniform her schooliform because of this book.”
Mama llama helped by taking little llama to school early to see the classroom and visit with the teacher. Charlie helped Lola think about the fun new things she would be able to try at school. These are all great strategies. Another great idea is reading books about other kids and favorite characters who are also worried about the first day of school. Stories featuring the Berenstain Bears, Amelia Bedelia, Curious George and more can help your child practice what it might feel like to be anxious about school and learn great strategies for having fun instead!
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“Daily reading to infants, toddlers and preschoolers is the best way to establish a habit that will benefit them for a lifetime,” according to Abby Brown, IndyPL’s Early Literacy Specialist. “If a parent reads one book a night to a child for three years, they will have read 1,095 books!”
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Books Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services
Printables, Crafts & More about Starting School:
- Mr. Rogers Talks About Starting Kindergarten
- PBS Kids: Starting School
- Splat the Cat Back to School Activity Guide
- Printable: Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes Coloring Page
- Printable: Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes Maze
- Printable: If You Take a Mouse to School Search and Find Page
- Printable: If You Take a Mouse to School Coloring Sheet
- Printable: Time for School Mouse Search and Find Page
- Printable: Ready Set School
- Printable: Marley Goes to School Maze
- Printable: Kindergarten Diary Checklist
- Printable: Junie B. Jones If I Ruled the School
- Printable: Junie B. Jones Back to School Activity Kit
- Printable: Get Ready for School with Rocket Activity Kit