The nervous little owl from I’m not cute is so determined to postpone setting off for playgroup, he even tidies his toys. Sound familiar?
There are lots of familiar activities to talk about in this Maisy book. Her website is worth a visit too.
Nick Sharratt’s simple illustrations are just right for this rhyming snapshot of playgroup life. Perfect.
Sarah Garland paints real life with young children; The toys on the floor, the drinks spilling over, the slightly tired grown-ups. It’s been around for 23 years and still in print – says it all.
A super little board book.
There’s an awful lot of hugging in this one!
This little book may help, even though Topsy and Tim look nothing like their namesakes on CBBC.
A reassuring read for children who are just starting school. From first day nerves to finding your peg, this classic picture book takes a warm hearted view.
A cross between Cluedo and Where’s Wally, but for the under 6s this Who Did it? game for young children features a class full of children who take turns to get into trouble.
The twin rabbits in this picture book are just so badly behaved, and I’m not sure what sort of an animal Aye-Aye is, but he is the stuff of legend. Read it and laugh.
Julia Donaldson’s fishy hero is late for school every day. This brilliant rhyming tale is great for slightly older children.
“Go on, you know you’ll like it really, little tortoise.” Another animal returning reluctantly to school after the summer holidays discovers he’s glad to be back after all.
With just one short line per page, this is a nice little book for children who have just started reading. I hope they get dressed a bit quicker than Archie, who was “too sleepy”.
Spot has been going to school since 1984 and he’s still making a mess! No wonder he is so popular with young children.
It’s the first day of school and Migs is feeling apprehensive in this sweet little book.
You simply won’t believe the mess they make! Pesky old dinosaurs.
Alfie’s chance meeting with a boy from the school next to his nursery calms his fears about going to big school.
Have you got the uniform yet? Lucy has, all laid out on her bed.
Mouse is so shy, he hides behind a curtain – but Miss Moon takes care of him.
Hilarious illustrations of Splat’s first day at school – don’t miss it!
Worm burger at lunch, for a vegetarian? Tony Ross’ illustrations are fabulous and Bun is neither as big nor as bad as he sounds.
In case you haven’t met him, Sidney is a blue elephant who has been known to ride a bike. He resolves his problem with a naughty chimp by making friends with him. Just what the doctor ordered.
“Betsy is excited about doing new things. Today is her first day at school, but it’s very noisy and she doesn’t know anyone.” All is resolved when Betsy meets a new friend.
If you want a nice gentle introduction, you can’t go far wrong with this sweet picture book about Bella the rabbit. She’s a “good learner”.
Keep an eye out for Paddington Bear in this story about an endearing but shaggier bear at school.
Poor Blue Kangaroo has an unexpected overnight stay in this charming cautionary tale about taking a precious toy to school.