Does the thought of back to school fill your little one with much anxiety?

by Mari

I have a little worry wart who struggles with change, and this list of books to ease back to school jitters has been so helpful to us.

One of the many helpful ways to help your child learn some healthy coping skills in the midst of their jitters or anxiety is by reading them a children’s book that’s related to their problem. They may not need another lecture about how there’s nothing to worry about but a children’s book will share the same message and help ease their jitters as they relate to the characters in the story.

Below you’ll find a list of some of my favorite books, we love children books in our home. I think I may love them more than my kids.


Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by James Dean – This is a great book with fun songs that will help get rid of any back to school jitters as your child discover the cool spaces at school.

The Recess Queen by Alexis O’neill – This book will help kids learn some new tips on how to handle bullying whether it’s being done to them or they observe it. A fresh & original twist on the common issue of bullying.

Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten by Audrey Vernick -This book is great to share with your child who is feeling anxious about the first day of school.

Stand Tall Molly Lou Mellon by Patty Lovell – Sometimes our little ones struggle with fitting in and/or appreciating who they are. This book leaves kids with the feeling that they are special.

I Am Too Absolutely Small for School by Lauren Child – Lola is feeling a bit anxious about school and doesn’t really see the need to know how to count past 10, but her brother Charlie comes to her aid.

Making Friends is an Art by Julia Cook – In her humorous fashion, she shares about friendships. ” When Brown asks the other pencils why no one likes him, he discovers that to have friends, he needs to be a good friend. If Brown learns to use all of the friendship skills the other pencils have, he can make friends and have fun too! ”

My Brave Years of Firsts: Tries, Sighs and High Fives by Jamie Lee Curtis – In this book, Frankie discovers that trying new things is how she grows ”and that being brave enough to do so is what growing up is all about.

Wilma Jean the Worry Machine by Julia Cook – “This fun and humorous book addresses the problem of anxiety in a way that relates to children of all ages. It offers creative strategies for parents and teachers to use that can lessen the severity of anxiety. ”

Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes – Wemberly is worried about the first day of school but then realizes that school is too much fun to waste time worrying!

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