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First Day of School Books

We read books at my school. The first day of school we read. I have been known to wander in and out of classrooms on the first day with a book or poem in hand. When I enter and if it’s convenient, the teacher might pause and introduce me to the new students then I’ll take a second to read a silly poem or make a quick announcement. Often KINDERGARTEN teachers face students with extreme separation anxiety who have never-in-their-entire-five-years-on-this-planet-left-their-mothers and my wandering in with a book can give them 8 minutes of time to focus on an individual child who needs some help. Stop snickering High School Librarians until you spend an hour in a Kdg classroom on the first day of school!!!

Some of the titles we use for the "First Day of School" include these:
I Like Your Buttons by Sarah Marwil Lamstein
Wemberly worried  by Kevin Henkes
Chickens chickens go to school by Valeri Gorbachev
 Don’t eat the teacher by Nick Ward
First graders from Mars – Episode 1: Horus’ horrible day by Shana Corey
Get ready for second grade, Amber Brown by Paula Danziger
How did you grow so big, so soon?  by Anne Bowen
I am too absolutely small for school  by Lauren Child.
 Judy Moody by Megan McDonald
Look out kindergarten, here I come! by Nancy Carlson
Miss Bindergarten gets ready for kindergarten  by Joseph Slate
Moses goes to school by Isaac Millman
Mouse’s first day of school by Lauren Thompson
Murphy and Myrtle : the first day of school  by Martha Atwater
My name is Yoon by Helen Recorvits
The new kid at school by Kate McMullan
The night before first grade  by Natasha Wing
Not-So-Weird Emma  by Sally Warner
Off to school, Baby Duck! by Amy Hest
Pa Lia’s first day by Michelle Edwards
Sabina at school and the letter S by Cynthia Klingel and Robert B. Noyed
Sparky and Eddie : the first day of school by Tony Johnston
The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
Tom’s first day at school  by Beth Robbins

Anything super funny and short for grades three and four. Upbeat things for kindergarten. Weepy sentimental sobstuff for parents with silly poems at the end (but you WON’T catch me reading Love You Forever). Silly things that make the principal a pal for the administration. Titles to make second graders feel so superior to those little kids in K and 1. Books about worrying for first graders since they still have fears but aren’t sure how they are supposed to express them now that they are not "babies."

I started looking in my district-level OPAC to see what other titles other schools owned that I didn’t have. The list keeps growing and growing. Which books would you add to this list of your favorites?