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Starting school or nursery

First Day at Bug School

These picture books are perfect for children starting school or nursery. Why not share them together, so you can talk through any fears and anxieties?

  • I am Too Absolutely Small for School

    Author: Lauren Child
    Publisher: Hachette

    Lola is nearly big enough to go to school. But in her opinion she is still really quite small, and has far too many important things to keep her extremely busy at home.

  • Alfie and the Big Boys

    Author: Shirley Hughes
    Publisher: Random House

    Children will relish this warm tale of everyday life with illustrations overflowing with colour and vitality.

  • Harry and the Dinosaurs go to School

    Author: Ian Whybrow Illustrator: Adrian Reynolds
    Publisher: Penguin

    It's Harry's first day at school. He and his dinosaurs are very excited and perhaps a little bit nervous.

  • Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School

    Author: David Mackintosh
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    A thoughtful book about tolerance, acceptance and celebrating difference

  • Goat Goes to Playgroup

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    Julia Donaldson sets to work to reassure newcomers to playgroups everywhere in this picture book with a simple rhyming text.

  • Topsy and Tim Start School

    Author: Jean Adamson
    Publisher: Ladybird

    Find out what happens on the twins' first day at school.

  • Starting School

    Author: Allan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg
    Publisher: Penguin

    Starting School by Janet and Allan Ahlberg is an enchanting picture book for reassuring children who are about to start school for the very first time.

  • Come to School Too, Blue Kangaroo

    Author: Emma Chichester Clark
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    Lily thinks Blue Kangaroo might be nervous about starting school – but in fact he can’t wait to have fun and make some new friends.

  • Chu’s First Day at School

    Author: Neil Gaiman Illustrator: Adam Rex
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Chu the panda has a very big sneeze for such a little panda. And sometimes, when he sneezes, funny things happen. A colourful, hilarious tale about starting school for the first time.

  • First Day at Bug School

    Author: Sam Lloyd
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's

    With bright bustling illustrations fizzing with quirky details and insect jokes, this cheery, rhyming introduction to starting school from a unique bugs-eye point of view is reassuring and fun.