Our Children and Youth team has updated our Starting School book list with some great new titles for kids and some for parents of children starting school.

Every 'starting school worry' for new school students or students moving to a new school is covered in the list below.

Share these books with your family to set the scene for their big first day and to help discuss any questions and concerns they may have.

Stories about starting school

Bring some humour to the starting school experience with The pigeon has to go to school! or We don’t eat our classmates.

Try well-loved classics such as I am too absolutely small for schoolCurious George’s first day of school and Wombat goes to school.

For older readers, try junior fiction such as How to be … the new person* by Anna Branford, The edge of Thirteen by Nova Weetman or The amazing Edie Eckhart by Rosie Jones.

Books for parents and carers of school children

This year, our Starting School booklist includes some fantastic books for parents, which you can find on this page.

Try the suggestions below, or browse our library shelves for numbers 370-372 for 'education'. Alternatively, use the advanced search tool in the library catalogue to search for subject: 'education - parent participation'.

If you have a specific issue you want more information about, please stop in and speak to our librarians who can help you find the right titles for your needs.

First day of school picture books

First day of school junior fiction

First day of school graphic novels

First day of school YA fiction

Books for parents

More recommended reading

To see booklists on a variety of subjects, visit our Booklists page.

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