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Starting school or nursery

Starting 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

    Lauren Child

    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

    Shirley Hughes
    Random House

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

  • Going to Playschool

    Sarah Garland
    Frances Lincoln

    This book is engaging, colourful and very real: the story captures perfectly the mood of playschool.

  • Harry and the Dinosaurs go to School

    Ian Whybrow Illustrated by Adrian Reynolds

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

  • First Week at Cow School

    Andy Cutbill Illustrated by Russell Ayto
    HarperCollins Children's Books

    This hilarious story celebrating difference and acceptance is told with charm and wonderfully illustrated with Russell Ayto's fun and wacky illustrations

  • Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School

    David Mackintosh
    HarperCollins Children's Books

    A thoughtful book about tolerance, acceptance and celebrating difference

  • Goat Goes to Playgroup

    Julia Donaldson, Illustrated by Nick Sharratt
    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

    Jean Adamson

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

  • Starting School

    Allan Ahlberg

    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.

  • Knight School

    Jane Clarke Illustrated by Jane Massey
    Red Fox

    Little Knight and Little Dragon are the best of friends and they can't wait to start school. But when will they have time to play together?

  • Come to School Too, Blue Kangaroo

    Emma Chichester Clark
    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

    Neil Gaiman, Illustrated by Adam Rex

    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

    Sam Lloyd
    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.