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One of the most popular posts on this site is our list of 9 Books for the First Day of Kindergarten. As a mom, I totally understand why. The first day of school is hard for kids and parents; oftentimes it’s the hardest for us grown-ups. Preparing our kids through reading helps them understand the changes their way, but it also helps us feel better about the upcoming transition. Books for the first day of preschool can make the experience easier for everyone!

For many children, Kindergarten is not their first experience with school. Many kids, my own included, get their first taste of school by attending preschool or daycare. This is another milestone that is both exciting and emotional, but thankfully, there are lots of great books to make this new experience easier.

Here are some of my favorite books for kids who are getting ready to start preschool. I checked them out of the library when my youngest first went to school, and he still loves them today!

7 Children’s Books for the First Day of Preschool

7 Children's Books for the First Day of Preschool

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Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney – Everyone’s favorite Llama is excited to start preschool…until it’s time for mom to leave. The other kids show Llama just how much fun school can be!

The Night Before Preschool by Natasha Wing – Billy can’t sleep because he is nervous about starting preschool. After his first day, he still can’t sleep, but this time it’s because he is so excited to go back! A great read for nervous little ones.

Maisy Goes to Preschool by Lucy Cousins – Popular mouse Maisy walks children through a typical preschool day, showing them all the fun activities they will get to try.

Daniel Goes to School (Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood) by Becky Friedman – Daniel Tiger is wildly popular with preschool-aged kids, including my own. This book tells the story of Daniel’s first day of school, with the popular refrain “grown-ups come back.” The perfect read for fans of the PBS show.

What to Expect at Preschool by Heidi Murkoff – This straighforward book lets kids know what they can expect to find at preschool. Angus the Answer Dog guides them through the “whos” and “whats” of a preschool classroom.

It’s Time for Preschool! by Esme Raji Codell – A bright and cheerful book that prepares children and their parents for the first day of preschool. My kids loved the colorful illustrations and the simple prose.

Rosie Goes to Preschool by Karen Katz – Rosie walks readers through her day at preschool, showing them the parts of the classroom and what she does each day. This board book is great for little hands.

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