20 Books To Help Kids Get Ready for the New School Year

by Devon A. Corneal

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Do you have a little one making the transition from preschool to kindergarten? Or a child worried about moving from naptime and cookies to the first grade? Or maybe your child is changing schools and isn’t sure she’ll be able to make new friends? Whatever the transition your child is facing, we hope a few of these books might help ease their fears and remind them of all the fun they’ll have in their new classroom. After all, if a stuffed bear, a squash, a frog, and a llama can do it, so can they!

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2017 and updated in 2023.