SCHOOL & SETTLING IN BOOKS
Topic Books about School and Settling In for Children EYFS & KS1
The Kissing Hand
by Audrey Penn
School is starting but Chester does not want to go. To help ease his fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary.
A Little Bit Brave
Logan is a stay-at-home bunny - but it's time for his first adventure, and he doesn't want to go. There's an amazing world outside, if he can just pluck up courage to look. A funny, reassuring book which shows that we're all a lot braver than we think.
Me and My Fear
When a young girl has to travel to a new country and start at a new school, her Fear tells her to be afraid. How can she make friends if she doesn't understand their language? A heart-warming tale that shows us the importance of sharing your fears with others.
Under the Love Umbrella
by Davina Bell
A beautiful story about the wonder of ever-present love. A celebration of the comfort that is always with us, wherever we roam in the big, wild world. Perfect for children who are apprehensive about leaving their family to start school.
The Everywhere Bear
by Julia Donaldson
The Everywhere Bear has a wonderful time with the children in Class One, but one day he gets more than he bargained for when he falls from a backpack and embarks on his own big adventure! Great for introducing a class toy to take home.
Never Take a Bear to School
by Mark Sperring
Yes, taking a bear to school is a bad idea. But will this little boy find the courage to face the first day of school alone? A delightful story to reassure every child anxious about starting a new school or nursery.
The Worry Box
by Suzanne Chiew
Murray Bear has lots of worries. With the help of his sister, Murray makes a special box in which to keep his worries. But can the worry box really help? A perfect book for children dealing with anxiety or feeling nervous about starting at school or nursery.
Pig the Pug
by Aaron Blabey
Pig is bad-tempered, rude and he never, ever shares. When Pig is asked to share his toys, his greed finally backfires and something unexpected happens to him. Will Pig the Pug learn his lesson at last? A hilarious picture book about learning to share.
Mouse's Big Day
by Lydia Monks
Meet Mouse, Mole, Owl, Frog, Rabbit and their teacher Miss Hoot at their fun-filled treetop school in Mouse's Big Day, a warm and funny story about friendship that is perfect for any child who is starting school or nursery.
by Deborah Freedman
Shy loves birds, but he's only ever read about them in books - until a real bird comes along! He's dying to meet her, but there's just one problem: Shy is, well, so shy that he's afraid. Can Shy overcome his fears and venture out onto the page?
All Are Welcome
Follow a group of children through a day in their school. A school where children in patkas, hijabs and baseball caps play side by side. A school where diversity is a strength. Engaging lyrical text and bright, accessible illustrations make this book a must for every classroom.
Mind Your Manners
Welcome to the jungle! It’s full of misbehaving animals, from messy monkeys to grumpy bears. But with the help of these memorable rhymes and adorable animal illustrations, your class will enjoy learning why it pays to say ‘please’, and how good manners make the world go round.
What You Shouldn't Do At School
Introduce class expectations with this hilarious book. Go on on a light-hearted journey of the natural rules of school, with funny situations that will have children laughing and will create a positive picture of times at school.
Stuff to Know When You Start School
No matter what grown-ups tell you, being little is hard work. But don't panic, this book is here to guide you along the way by teaching you the skills you need to look after yourself, get on with others, and be ready for your first day of school.
The Bear Who Shared
by Catherine Rayner
Norris the bear has been waiting for the last fruit to fall from the tree. But Tulip the raccoon and Violet the mouse have too ... although not quite so patiently. Norris catches the fruit when it finally falls, and because he is a wise bear, he shares it and makes two new friends.
by Benji Davies
Meet Tad. She’s the smallest tadpole in a big pond. Although something else lives there too… BIG BLUB! And when everyone else starts to disappear, Tad starts to wonder if Big Blub will get her too? A big story about a tiny tadpole – about growing up, branching out, and taking a leap into life.
Dear Teacher by Amy Husband
A hilarious collection of letters from Michael to his new teacher. From traveling to the pyramids to getting attacked by pirates, each letter is increasingly outlandish. But when Michael's teacher writes back telling him all of the exciting school activities she has planned, Michael soon realises all the fun he'd miss out on!
Captain Starfish by Davina Bell
Alfie wants to participate in all the fun activities, like going to a party or leading a school parade, but his shyness limits him. That is until a revelation at the aquarium helps him to realise he can find a happy medium between hiding away and being the star. A gentle, thought-provoking book for any child with social anxiety.
This is Our House
by Michael Rosen
George says the cardboard house is his and he's not sharing. One by one each child is refused access until tables are turned and George finds how it feels to be on the receiving end. A topical and perceptive book that shows that it is much more fun to share.
How to Get Your Teacher Ready for School by Jean Reagan
Follow a class of adorable students as they make sure their teacher is ready all year round. Written in a tongue-in-cheek instructional style, this book is a playful and heartwarming celebration of teachers and school, and an empowering book to help calm back-to-school nerves!
My Mouth is a Volcano
by Julia Cook
All of Louis's thoughts are very important, but sometime they erupt from his mouth like a volcano! An empathetic approach to the habit of interrupting that teaches children a technique to capture their thoughts to share at an appropriate time.