Five Short Stories to Help Your Child Overcome the Fear of Going to School

Do you have a little one making the transition from home to preschool or from preschool to kindergarten?  Or maybe your child is changing schools and isn’t sure they will be able to make new friends.  Whatever transition your child is facing, here are some great books that might help ease their fears and remind them of all the fun they’ll have in their new classroom.  After all, if a frog and a carton of milk can do it, so can they!

Just click on the links below to hear each of the short stories read aloud while you and your child read along.

Froggy Goes to School by Jonathan London

Froggy’s cheerful attitude and his mother’s wisdom come together in this story about anxiety about the first day of school.

Click here to read along:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cCRUIy4x1E

Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney

Anyone who has ever had a meltdown at school understands how Llama feels when he starts missing his mama on the first day of school.  Thankfully, good friends, a kind teacher, and knowing that his mama always comes back will help him get through the day.

Click here to read along:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVo2rUmUlnY

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon is afraid to start school and does not want to go.  Sometimes, we need something to make us feel brave when we’re doing something new.  Mother Raccoon knows just what that is and her secret will give Chester Raccoon the courage he needs on his first day of school.

Click here to read along:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyhjp4CbvS4

Milk Goes to School by Terry Border

As one determined and confident milk carton goes to school, she learns important lessons in her classroom, including how to make lots of new friends.

Click here to read along:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNhV-k0fu9I

I Am Too Absolutely Small for School by Lauren Child

Lola is not too sure about going to school, and her big brother Charlie knows that his little sister does not want to go.  But when Charlie tells her she can take her imaginary friend with her, Lola decides she might be willing to give it a try.

Click here to read along:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgbDO-gX9pM

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