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Covers side-by-side: The pigeon has to go to school, All the words you need to know before you start school, Mouse's First Night at Moonlight School

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All the words you need to know before you start school by Felicity Brooks, Jean Claude

This illustrated book encourages language development at a key stage in children's lives, introducing over 400 everyday words through a variety of themed sections. Help pre-schoolers build the vocabulary they will need to communicate effectively, make friends, and learn to read and write when they start school.

Mouse's first night at Moonlight School by Simon Puttock ; illustrated by Ali Pye

It's Mouse's first day at Miss Moon's Moonlight School for all the small creatures of the night but she is very shy, too shy to even say hello. Luckily, with help from Miss Moon and her new friends Bat, Cat, and Owl, a game of hide-and-seek makes Mouse feel right at home.

The pigeon HAS to go to school! by Mo Willems

The Pigeon is about to get schooled! Do you think he should go? Why does the Pigeon have to go to school? He already knows everything! Well, almost everything. And what if he doesn't like it? What if the teacher doesn't like him? I mean, what if he learns too much!?!

King of the classroom by Derrick Barnes Vanessa Brantley-Newton

An upbeat story about a confident little boy who takes pride in his first day of nursery.

I have to start at school today by Philip, Simon

I have to start at school today. 'You'll have such fun!' my parents say. I know they think I'll be okay. But what if things don't go my way? Starting at a new school can be scary business. From rhinos at the gate to bears who won't share, there are all sorts of things that could go wrong. Luckily, Grandma is on hand to point out that there's no need to fright, as things could just as easily go right!

When a dragon goes to school by Caryl Hart, Rosalind Beardshaw

When a dragon goes to school, will she enjoy a book in the reading den and save her lunchtime treats for a friend? Or will she throw the crayons and refuse to share? She's going to need her friends to help her behave herself - she is DRAGON after all.

Let's Go To Nursery!, by Caryl Hart & Lauren Tobia

"It's Billy and Bee's very first day and, at the start, they feel a little shy. But soon they find out there are games to be played, friends to be made, and songs to be sung.

"A reassuring introduction to nursery that will ignite discussion and help very young children tackle all kinds of new experiences."

I'm Starting Nursery, by Marion Cocklico

"A practical and fun first experiences book for toddlers about starting nursery - with parent and carer tips."

Alfie at Nursery School, by Shirley Hughes

"Alfie loves Nursery School - and so does Annie Rose. She can't wait to go there with him - in fact she's so desperate to join in that she gets Alfie into a very sticky situation in this collection of nursery school tales. Join Alfie as he navigates playground games and special concerts in this heartwarming book."

Little Owl's First Day, by Debi Gliori & Alison Brown

"It's a big day for Little Owl. His first day at school. Little Owl doesn't want a big day though. He'd rather stay at home and have fun with Mummy and Baby Owl. But at school he gets to build a rocket, learn to fly and even make a tiny new friend. Maybe big days spent with friends can be lots of fun after all!"

Prince George goes to School, by Caryl Hart & Laura Ellen Anderson

"Prince George is starting school! There will be new faces, new friends, lots of new things to learn - as well as new challenges, like taking turns! How will the young royal enjoy his latest epic adventure?"

Whiffy Wilson, the wolf who wouldn't go to school

"Whiffy Wilson doesn't know how to hold a pen and has never looked in a book, but fortunately his friend Dotty is on hand to show him that school is fun. Soon, Whiffy is in his element, and when he gets a gold star for all his work he realises that school is the best thing ever!"

How To Get Your Teacher Ready For School, by Jean Reagan & Lee Wildish

"Follow a class of adorable students as they make sure their teacher is ready all year round. Written in a tongue-in-cheek instructional style, this book is a playful and heartwarming celebration of teachers and school, and an empowering book to help calm back-to-school nerves!"

Mr Men go to School, by Adam & Roger Hargreaves

"Little Miss Tiny is going to school and some of the other Mr Men and Little Miss with a few things to learn are joining her! How will Mr Muddle get on with maths and will Mr Messy create a work of art in painting?"

Stuff to Know when you Start School, by Hélène Hilton

"Learn all the super-important life skills you need to become a big boy or girl with this ultimate guide to being a toddler and starting school."

All You Need to Know Before You Start School, by Felicity Brooks & Marina Aizen

"This work follows five animal friends who have just started school to provide a gentle and humorous introduction to the school day, from getting dressed in the morning to home time. This is all carefully interspersed with early years educational concepts such as shapes, colours, opposites, numbers, weather and seasons, senses, nature words and letter recognition."

First Day at Bug School, by Sam Lloyd

"At the bottom of the garden where no one really sees, a secret school is hidden amongst the grass and weeds. Welcome to Bug School. Don't be nervous on your first day - it's lots of fun. Learn creeping with the spiders, singing with the crickets, count spots with the ladybirds and hop, skip and jump in P.E. with the fleas.

"This is a rhythmic, bright celebration of school, starring some very cute bugs indeed, sure to allay first-day-at-school fears."

I Am Too Absolutely Small for School, by Lauren Child

"Although Lola agrees with her brother that it would be useful to learn how to write, read and count, she can't go to school because her invisible friend's too nervous to go.

"This title in the Charlie and Lola series deals sympathetically with children's fears surrounding the first day at school."

I Don't Want to go to School, by Stephanie Blake

"Once upon a time there was a mischievous little rabbit. Maybe you know him. When his mother said 'tomorrow is your first day of school, little rabbit!', he replid 'no, not going'."