Frankly, having a dinosaur on regular roads alongside other vehicles is a recipe for disaster, but it does make for a fun children’s-book premise. After all, which kid can resist the idea of a friendly, lovable dinosaur transporting them to school every day?
It’s normal for anyone to have first-day jitters, much less kindergarteners who are unsure of what to expect from their new teacher(s), new classmates or perhaps even new school. Thus, reading books that help to give them a glimpse of what kindergarten life could be like, or reassure them that things will be fine, can help to allay their fears.
Written using a first-person narrative, in the voice of kindergarten newbie Annalina, Kindergarten Diary is purportedly a record of her adventures in kindergarten over the course of a month, beginning from that all-important day-before-first day of school.
Teaching is a tough profession, no question. And that’s without factoring in uncooperative or downright disruptive students. In Miss Nelson Is Missing!, we are introduced to the kids in Room 207, who are the worst-behaved at school, resulting in their sweet-natured teacher, Miss Nelson, being at her wits’ end.
I was lucky to stumble upon School Bus a couple of weeks before my son was due to take the school bus for the very first time. The book is very graphical, with minimal words, but manages to convey the whole process of getting on the bus, arriving at school, and then taking the bus home after school — from the perspective of the bus.
The How Do Dinosaurs ___? series will appeal to little dinosaur fans who will be mesmerized by the bold and detailed illustrations of different — and clearly named — dinosaurs in scenarios that they can identify with, in this case, in school.
The books help to encourage good behaviour and discourage the bad by using dinosaurs to lead by example.
As the title suggests, Goat Goes to Playgroup takes us through what happens when Goat goes to playgroup. Alas he doesn’t always do all the ‘right’ things and gets himself into little accidents — although he always seems to have fun. The illustrations and rhyming text don’t take themselves too seriously, so, all in all, this will be a good book for toddlers who are in, or who are about to join, a playgroup or preschool.
Nobunny’s Perfect uses cute illustrations of bunnies and rhyming text to show good vs. bad behaviour in school.
It also starts off by saying that every bunny is good — just that sometimes they do bad things, which is an important point of distinction to make: judge the actions, not the person/bunny.
We Love School! is a book that helps to reassure toddlers who are about to start school by projecting a very positive image of school life. The short rhyming sentences (“We like our garden. We like our pet. We like saying the alphabet”) and pleasant illustrations featuring kittens attending school make this book suitable even for very young toddlers.