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Back to School
Richmond Public Library-Back to School

First Day of School Favourites

Jake starts school Jake starts school
by Michael Wright

Jake is nervous about being at school without his parents. But it's pretty weird when they stay for the whole day!

Read other stories about separation anxiety at school.

Amelia Bedelia's First Day of School Amelia Bedelia's First Day of School
by Herman Parish

A literal-minded first-grader's first day of school is filled with confusing adventures, much to her delight.

More Amelia Bedelia books.

Llama Llama Misses Mama Llama Llama Misses Mama
by Anna Dewdney

It is Llama Llama's first day at preschool. Everything looks like fun, but when Mama turns to leave, Llama Llama is not sure if he will enjoy his day.

Don't miss other Llama Llama books.

The Berenstain Bears go Back to School The Berenstain Bears go Back to School
by Stan and Jan Berenstain

See what it's like for the world's two most famous bears to return to school.

Check out a DVD about the Berenstain Bears returning to school.

The First Day of School The First Day of School (DVD)
by Nick Jr. Productions

Get ready for the first day of school with your Dora the explorer, Diego, Blue's clues and the Wonderpets.

When an elephant comes to school When an elephant comes to school
by Jan Ormerod

This silly story is a classic for first-timers. With the help of his classmates, even an elephant can have a great first experience at school.

Check out other first day of school books.

Splat the Cat Splat the Cat
by Rob Scotton

A nervous Splat finds his first day at Cat School much better than he expected.

Rob Scotton is also the author of the adorable Russell the Sheep.

Wemberly Worried Wemberly Worried
by Kevin Henkes

A mouse named Wemberly, who worries about everything, finds that she has a whole list of things to worry about when she faces the first day of nursery school.

Kevin Henkes is also the author of the popular Lilly books.

I am too Absolutely Small for School I am too Absolutely Small for School
by Lauren Child

Lola is not so sure about school. After all, why would she need to count higher than ten when she never eats more that ten cookies at a time? Once again, it's up to ever-patient big brother Charlie to persuade Lola that school is worthwhile.

Find more funny Charlie and Lola books.

Kindergarten Countdown Kindergarten Countdown
by Anna Jane Hays

Are you going to kindergarten this fall? See how this excited little girl counts down to her first day.

See other books about kindergarten.

Marley goes to school Marley goes to school
by John Grogan

What would happen if your dog went to school with you? Find out when this misbehaving pup follows his young owner on her first day.

Check out other dogs who go to school.

Which School Are You Going To?

Richmond School District Logo The school board website has lots of great info. Find the website, phone number, or map for your school, find out when your professional days are, and more.

Full Day Kindergarten

Kindergarten Readiness Theme Bags

Prepare your child for kindergarten with the library's Kindergarten Readiness Theme Bags. Each bag contains six books to help your child learn concepts like the alphabet and numbers and gain important social skills. More info...

Tips for Parents

Boy not letting go PBS Parents: Going to School
Parents can have separation anxiety too! This website gives different suggestions for this important transition period.


KidsHealth website KidsHealth: Back to School
Useful tips on how to help your kid combat back-to-school jitters, important things to consider such as school dress codes and lunches, different after school options, and helping with homework.

Website banner parentcentral.ca Parentcentral.ca
Lots of articles on important back-to-school topics, such as how to reign in back-to-school shopping, getting kids ready for school, helping kids organize their study spaces and more.

Website amazing mom Amazing Moms
Useful info for everyone, not just moms! Get answers to questions like what kind of food to pack for your kids, what they might be learning in school this year, how to organize your kids' school materials, and more.

Website banner here to help Here to Help
A great page with tips for parents on how to make the end of summer transition smoothly, broken down into two groups: parents of young kids and parents of teens.