Gus, the Dinosaur Bus by Julia Liu and Bei Lynn

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?

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Kindergarten Diary by Antoinette Portis

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.

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Goat Goes to Playgroup by Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt

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.