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Book Nook: Books for Kindergartners With Positive Messages

Darlene Kenny has been the librarian at San Francisco's Clarendon Elementary School, a California Distinguished School, for 20 years. Darlene recommends these books with inviting illustrations and positive messages.

By GreatSchools Staff

Kindergarten Rocks! by Katie Davis

Meet Dexter, a soon-to-be kindergartner! He's terrified and has thoughts of all kinds of reasons to be so. A must-read to help relieve the anxiety all of us feel when starting school. Dexter finds out it's okay to be scared.

Look Out, Kindergarten, Here I Come by Nancy Carlson

Henry, a mouse, is all for "going" to kindergarten, but isn't quite sure if he really wants to stay! His apprehensions are quickly overcome when he finds a classroom full of friends and fun things to do. This book is written for younger children, pre-K as well as K.

First Day Jitters by Julie Daneberg

There's a real surprise ending to this must-read for any child who is feeling those "first day jitters." Older children as well as pre-schoolers will relate to this story. The surprise ending is guaranteed to put a smile on the face of any young child who is concerned about that all-important first day.

Comments from readers

"Kindergarden rocks is awsome!!! Another books that my kids also like is 'I am too absolutly small for school' by lauren child featuring charlie and lola."
"my son love the Cat in the hat books. He just turned 4 years old and he started to read the basic words from this book. "