School Days

School plays a huge part in most children’s lives.  The idea of going to ‘big’ school for the first time, or of changing schools, can be a major cause of anxiety.  Sharing a book about other children’s experiences at school can help to make the experience much less worrying and get them excited about this new adventure.


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Starting School – Janet and Allan Ahlberg

A whole term of ‘big’ school, right from day one to the end of term Christmas play and party.
Age: 4+


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Billy and the Big New School – Catherine and Laurence Anholt

Billy’s fear of starting school proves to be groundless as he settles into his first day quite happily.
Age: 4+


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Dinosaur Starts School – Pamela Duncan Edwards and Deborah Allwright

Dinosaur is worried that school will be too big and too noisy, but all his worries about this first day at school are answered by his small friend.  A very reassuring story.
Age: 3+


My new school – Tom Easton

Tyrone is upset he will not be able to continue at his old school when he moves. Dad reassures him that he will make new friends. There are notes for parents and teachers at the end.
Age 5+


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My Stinky New School – Rebecca Elliott

Tony isn’t looking forward to starting his new school.  It stinks and he’s worried he won’t make any friends.  A funny and reassuring story about finding your way at a new school.
Age: 4+


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Silly School – Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

Beth doesn’t want to go to ‘silly school’ whatever her family says until she realises all her friends will be there.
Age: 4+


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Chu’s First Day At School – Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex

Chu is nervous about his first day at school.  Will the other boys and girls be nice to him?
Age: 4+


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Whiffy Wilson, The Wolf Who Wouldn’t Go to School – Caryl Hart and Leonie Lord

Whiffy is certain that school won’t be as much fun as watching TV all day.  His best friend takes him by the paw and shows him just how wrong he is.
Age: 4+


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Little Hedgehog’s Big Day – Daniel and Heidi Howarth

Little Hedgehog is about to start big school, but the idea gives him butterflies in his tummy.  Is he big enough?
Age: 3+


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My First Day – Leilani Sparrow and Dan Taylor

A very simple, clearly illustrated book about a first day at school.  Could be used for a younger child starting nursery as there are very few words used.  A good starting point for discussions.
Age: 3+


Useful Organisation

Education and Learning in Hampshire
Links to all the information you need about finding a school in Hampshire and the school admissions process.

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