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All about starting school or nursery

First Day at Bug School

Some of our favourite books for children who are starting school.

Whether they're nervous or excited, these books are perfect for preparing your little ones for that big step.

  • Lulu’s First Day

    Author: Anna McQuinn Illustrator: Rosalind Beardshaw

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • Lulu’s First Day

    Author: Anna McQuinn Illustrator: Rosalind Beardshaw

    Interest level: 3-5

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    Lulu is very excited to be starting preschool – but what will the day involve? Lulu’s overall positive experience is a gentle read…

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  • The Boy Who Loved Everyone

    Author: Jane Porter Illustrator: Maisie Paradise Shearring

    Interest level: 3-6

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  • The Boy Who Loved Everyone

    Author: Jane Porter Illustrator: Maisie Paradise Shearring

    Interest level: 3-6

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    Dimitri is new at nursery, and no matter how many people (and trees) he says 'I love you' to, no one says it back. Dimitri starts …

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  • Hello, Friend

    Author: Rebecca Cobb

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • Hello, Friend

    Author: Rebecca Cobb

    Interest level: 3-5

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    This warm-hearted picture book about making friends is a perfect read for little ones starting school or nursery who might be a bi…

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  • King of the Classroom

    Author: Derrick Barnes Illustrator: Vanessa Brantley-Newton

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • King of the Classroom

    Author: Derrick Barnes Illustrator: Vanessa Brantley-Newton

    Interest level: 3-5

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    This wonderfully empowering picture book for little ones not only assuages their possible fears about starting school or nursery b…

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  • Let’s Go to Nursery!

    Author: Caryl Hart and Lauren Tobia

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • Let’s Go to Nursery!

    Author: Caryl Hart and Lauren Tobia

    Interest level: 3-5

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    Bee and Billy are going to nursery! What will the day hold? This sweet book about the potentially anxiety-making environment …

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  • My First Day

    Author: Leilani Sparrow Illustrator: Dan Taylor

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • My First Day

    Author: Leilani Sparrow Illustrator: Dan Taylor

    Interest level: 3-5

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    This simple and reassuring picture book lets nervous little ones know that there's lots of fun to be had at school or nursery.

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  • Never Take a Bear to School

    Author: Mark Sperring Illustrator: Britta Teckentrup

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Never Take a Bear to School

    Author: Mark Sperring Illustrator: Britta Teckentrup

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

    This stylish book - all about why it's very wise not to take your bear to school, no matter how afraid you are - will ch…

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  • Starting School

    Author: Allan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg

    Interest level: 3-5

    Reading age: 3+

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  • Starting School

    Author: Allan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg

    Interest level: 3-5

    Reading age: 3+

    Starting School by Janet and Allan Ahlberg is an enchanting picture book for reassuring children who are about to start school for…

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  • Meg Comes to School

    Author: Author Helen Nicoll Illustrator: Jan Pienkowski

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • Meg Comes to School

    Author: Author Helen Nicoll Illustrator: Jan Pienkowski

    Interest level: 3-5

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    When Meg attends Owl's school sports day in a very unusual hat, everyone is in for a big surprise!

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  • Bunny Loves to Learn

    Author: Peter Bently Illustrator: Emma Foster and Deborah Melmon

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 5-8

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  • Bunny Loves to Learn

    Author: Peter Bently Illustrator: Emma Foster and Deborah Melmon

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 5-8

    Four friends are asked to dress up from someone from the past and create something to do with their respective character.

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  • Jellybean Goes to School

    Author: Margaret Roc Illustrator: Laura Hughes

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Jellybean Goes to School

    Author: Margaret Roc Illustrator: Laura Hughes

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 7+

    Jellybean finds her first day of school a little scary, but she soon finds it easier when she makes a friend.

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