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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.

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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 GreatSchools.org readers

01/26/2010:
"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."
06/27/2006:
"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. "
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