7 Books to Prepare for the First Day of Preschool

‘Twas the night before pre-school and all through the house…  A mommy was stirring her margarita in the rocks…  The evening before you have to officially let your little one go into the real world of children who are raised by a-holes is a very difficult one.  However, there is no reason why it should be difficult on your child.  While my daughters completely, Bye Felicia’d me on their first day of Preschool, things with my son were a little more complicated.  Here are 7 books that helped prepare my little person and I on his first day of pre-school.

1.  Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney is a new classic.  I love reading this book and it has become as traditional before the first day of school as The Night Before Christmas is during the holidays.  Not so sure if it’s going to fly when they are going into high school but I have strong hopes that I will be the obnoxious mom that annoys and smothers them with humiliating moments forever and ever.

2. David Goes to School by David Shannon, David is an a-hole child and also hysterical.  This is a very fun read aloud book and has also helped me teach what NOT to do in school in a fun manner.  I have purchased these books for the little David in my life, however, he is NOT an a-hole (maybe sometimes but not really because my sister in law reads my blog).

3.  Oh My Baby, Little One by Kathi Applet and illustrated by Jane Dyer.  This is the sweetest book.  I had a difficult time My son had a difficult time starting preschool this year,  I cried he cried at drop off every morning.  There were many boogers and many tears but every morning while I was getting him ready, I would recite words from this book and he would recite them back.  This book really helped me This book really helped my son (and I) get through those first few very tough days and weeks of separation.

4.  Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate and illustrated by Ashly Wolff.  Okay, this isn’t about preschool but it does show how much prep and love Miss Bindergarten does for her new students before their first day of Kindergarten.  I love the light this book shines on the teacher’s perspective of the first day of school plus everything it gives our little peeps to look forward to.

5.  Guess How Much I love You by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram.  My daughter, Penelope loves this book so much that every night she and I have a ritual where she asks, “Mommy, guess how much I love you?” and I guess and ask her to guess how much she loves me.  She always wins but this ritual began all because of this book.  On Penelope’s first day of pre-school she told me two things, “Mommy, what is wrong with these children?  Why are they crying?” and “Guess how much I love you?”.  This book reassures that the love between a parent and a child is limitless.

6.  Back to School, Splat by Rob Scotton.  Splat is never a bad idea.  I love that this book opens up a dialogue about all the fun memories that you made all summer.  It’s fun to hear what your children got out of the summer and also fun for them to hear what your favorite memories are.  The best part is that unlike Splat, you can share more than just one.

7.  I Love You All Day Long by Francesca Rusackas and illustrated by Priscilla Burris is another mushy and sweet book but it’s freaking preschool where mushiness is still allowed and welcomed.  Take advantage of these moments of mushiness because like under eye cover up on a warm day, it quickly fades.

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