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Published on August 17th, 2017 | by SOMDParents


Great Books for Dealing With Back to School Stress!

Many children experience some sort of anxiety or stress about going back to school. Extreme stress can lead to sleep deprivation, weight loss, and overall attitude and behavior changes. A great way to prepare children for school is to read books about what they can expect. The books below are just a few examples of the power books can have to ease anxiety about school!

First Day Jitters-Sarah Jane Hartwell is scared and doesn’t want to start over at a new school. She doesn’t know anybody, and nobody knows her. It will be awful. She just knows it. With much prodding from Mr. Hartwell, Sarah Jane reluctantly pulls herself together and goes to school. She is quickly befriended by Mrs. Burton, who helps smooth her jittery transition.

The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School-In repeating, rhymed verse, the author recounts Mr. Fish’s first day of school. With big, purple-rimmed eyes and downturned lips, he roams from classroom to classroom, trying to keep up (“The class was doing math,/ And most everybody knew it./ So he tried long division…/ But he just couldn’t do it”). Finally, kindly Miss Hewitt introduces him to her classroom for Brand-New Fish—right where he belongs.

How Do Dinosaurs Go to School- Everyone’s favorite dinosaurs are back–and this time they are going to school. More fun dinosaur antics await

Pete the Cat Too Cool for School– Pete the Cat can’t decide what to wear to school in Pete the Cat: Too Cool for School. With so many groovy options to choose from, Pete finds the perfect way to show off his creativity.

Mouse’s First Day of School– Mouse decides to hide inside a bright red backpack…and ends up at school! As he explores this place full of colors, letters, and numbers, Mouse discovers a world beyond his imagination–and makes some friends along the way

Llama Llama Misses Mama-When Mama Llama waves goodbye to Llama Llama, he starts to feel sad. Despite Llama Llama’s trepidations, bright colors and bold patterns make the school welcoming: the teacher is a hip zebra wearing pink and purple, and the other children (cat, goat, sheep and giraffe, among others) enthusiastically make art and play together.

If you can’t make it to the library, many of these selections (and more) can be found on YouTube–just click the links of each title to find the Youtube read-aloud version!

Other strategies to help ease back to school jitters include visiting the school prior to the first day or back to school night and beginning routines (like bedtime and picking out clothes the night before) several weeks before the big day. Remember, validating children who are feeling nervous or stressed is key!



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