Books for children starting school

Help your child prepare for their first day of kindergarten or school by reading books about what to expect

Starting school or kindergarten is a big step for both you and your child


Reading books about school is a great way to prepare your child for their first day, help ease any worries and get them excited for the adventures ahead.

Here are just some of many books that you can read to your child about starting school to help them to understand what to expect.

Books for children starting school

  • It's back to school we go: first day stories from around the world by Ellen Jackson and illustrated by Jan Davey Ellis
  • Little Nic's big day by Nic Naitanui and illustrated by Fátima Anaya
  • Butterflies in my stomach and other school hazards by Serge Bloch
  • My name is Sangoel by Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed. Illustrated by Catherine Stock
  • Starting school by Jane Godwin and Anna Walker
  • The boy who tried to shrink his name by Sandhya Parappukkaran and Michelle Pereira
  • The gotcha smile by Rita Phillips Mitchell and illustrated by Alex Ayliffe
  • Ruby makes a friend by Tina Burke
  • The name jar by Yangsook Choi
  • My first day at school by Meredith Costain and Michelle MacIntosh.

Books in other languages

  • Tom and Sofia start school by Henriette Barkow and illustrated by Priscilla Lamont (available in English and 26 other languages)
  • Rafa's first day by David Mills and illustrated by Lizzie Finlay (available in English and 30 other languages) 
  • Mina's first day of school by Katrina Liu and illustrated by Anselm Medina (available in traditional and simplified Chinese with Pinyin and English)

Books to build confidence and self-esteem

  • Caterpillar and butterfly by Ambelin Kwaymullina
  • I love me by Sally Morgan and Ambelin Kwaymullina
  • All the ways to be smart by Davina Bell and illustrated by Allison Colpoys

Where to find books

You should be able to find many suitable books in your local library, or you may have some of these books at home.

The Vision Australia Information Library Service provides services to persons with a print disability under the provisions of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth).

In Victoria it has the status of a public library ensuring free membership for persons with a print disability. Membership is only available to persons with a print disability as defined by the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth).

For more information, visit Vision Australia Library.

Building literacy skills

Reading to your child is important for developing language and literacy skills. Children starting school with greater literacy skills perform better in school.

Visit information for parents for a range of resources to help build your child's literacy skills in their early years.