First Day of School Resources
located in the Curriculum Lab
Bloom, Suzanne. THE BUS FOR US. Eagerly awaiting the bus on her first day of school, Tess learns the names of different vehicles from her older friend, Gus. c2001.
Carlson, Nancy L. LOOK OUT KINDERGARTEN, HERE I COME! Even though Henry is looking forward to going to kindergarten, he is not sure about staying once he first gets there. c1999.
Child, Lauren. I AM TOO ABSOLUTELY SMALL FOR SCHOOL. When Lola is worried about starting school, her older brother Charlie reassures her. c2003.
Danneberg, Julie. FIRST DAY JITTERS. Sarah is afraid to start at a new school, but both she and the reader are in for a surprise when she gets to her class. c2000.
Davis, Gibbs. THE OTHER EMILY. Emily believes her name belongs to her alone, but on the first day of school she discovers she is not the only Emily in the world. c1984.
De Paola, Tomie. MEET THE BARKERS: MORGAN AND MOFFAT GO TO SCHOOL. Bossy Moffie and her quiet twin brother Morgie both enjoy starting school, especially getting gold stars and making new friends. c2001.
Goodman, Joan E. BERNARD GOES TO SCHOOL. Until he makes a new friend, Bernard the elephant doesn't want to stay on his first day of preschool, but his parents and grandmother don't want to leave when they discover how much fun school can be. c2001.
Greenfield, Eloise. ME & NESSIE. Janell's best friend is her invisible playmate Nessie, but things begin to change when Janell starts school. 
Henkes, Kevin. WEMBERLY WORRIED. A mouse named Wemberly, who worries about everything, finds that she has a whole list of things to worry about when she faces the first day of nursery school. c2000.
Horse, Harry. LITTLE RABBIT GOES TO SCHOOL. Little Rabbit takes his favorite toy, Charlie Horse, along for his first day of school. When there is trouble, he blames it all on Charlie. c2004.
Mackall, Dandi Daley. FIRST DAY. The first day of school starts out filled with doubt, but after facing fear of the big kids, reciting the alphabet with east, and learning about recess, a child can't help but look forward to day two. c2003.
Penn, Audrey. THE KISSING HAND. When Chester the raccoon is reluctant to go to kindergarten for the first time, his mother teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him. c1993.
Slate, Joseph. MISS BINDERGARTEN GETS READY FOR KINDERGARTEN. Introduces the letters of the alphabet as Miss Bindergarten and her students get ready for kindergarten. c1996.
Wells, Rosemary. EMILY'S FIRST 100 DAYS OF SCHOOL. Starting with number one for the first day of school, Emily learns the numbers to one hundred in many different ways. c2000.
Wells, Rosemary. MAMA, DON'T GO! Yoko loves kindergarten, but she doesn't want her mother to leave--until her new friend helps her realize that "mothers always come back." c 2001.
Wells, Rosemary. MY KINDERGARTEN.. Join Emily, Roger, and all their classmates as they embark on their amazing journey through kindergarten year. c2004.
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Radabaugh, Melinda Beth. GOING TO SCHOOL. Why do children go to school?--What kinds of schools are there?--When do you go to school?--Where is your school?--What do you do during the school day?--What do you eat at school?--Who works at your school?--What things do you need for school?--What hapens at the end of the day? c2003.
Corey, Shana. FIRST GRADERS FROM MARS. EPISODE 1, HORUS'S HORRIBLE DAY. As the school year begins on Mars, Horus the Martian gets off to a rocky start, but soon discovers that first grade is not really as bad as he thought. C2001.
Danziger, Paula, GET READY FOR SECOND GRADE, AMBER BROWN. Amber is nervous about starting second grade with a new teacher, but despite being in the same class as mean Hannah Burton, things turn out just fine. c2002.
Perez, L. King. FIRST DAY IN GRAPES. When Chico starts the third grade after his migrant worker family moves to begin harvesting California grapes, he finds that self-confidence and math skills help him cope with the first day of school. c2002.
Smith, Janice Lee. THE SHOW-AND-TELL WAR AND OTHER STORIES ABOUT ADAM JOSHUA. Five stories relate the adventures and misadventures of Adam Joshua as he contends with the first day of school, pretending to be sick, stealing a library book, making the scariest Halloween costume, and being upstaged at show-and-tell time. c1988.
Created by Donna Wallach, September 2005; updated September 2006