Every 'starting school worry' is covered in the below list for new primary school students. Share these books with your child to set the scene for their big first day and to help discuss any questions and concerns they may have.

Stories about starting school

Mouse is nervous and doesn't want to go to school but soon finds some new friends in Mouse’s big day, and Little Owl doesn't want to leave his mum and brother in Little Owl’s first dayFriends go to different schools in Knight school and we follow the experience of five different students with Starting schoolIntroduce school with One keen koala, a fun counting story, and enjoy rhyming and a school birthday party in The school by a favourite, classic author, Dick Bruna. 

'Special times, special needs’ series

This is the first of our ‘Special times, special needs’ booklists, put together by our Youth Services librarians to help parents and carers support their children through those tricky times.

Sharing stories is a great way to explore challenging issues with children. Using gentle, age-appropriate picture books can help start conversations, encourage questions, reassure children that others have faced the same problems or give them a preview into an upcoming situation they may be worried about.

Starting school booklist

Reserve a book on the list

To reserve a book, click on the title and use your membership number and PIN to place a reservation. 

For more recommended reading, see Booklists.