6 Books to Read before the First Day of Kindergarten

The 1st day of school. What a milestone.

I can barely believe that my oldest child, Kenzie will start Kindergarten on Monday. Impossible to believe that just 6 years ago I was super pregnant with her and awaiting the arrival of a baby girl and the start of my parenting adventure.

Kenzie is thrilled about starting school and has literally been counting down the days until she can ride off on the bus. It’s wonderful to see her enthusiasm and I hope she loves every second of it all.

We’ve been reading a bunch of cute stories as we gear up to school. Here’s a few cute ideas I found online, in my own library at home for the kids,  and from my BFF Allison, who now blogs at Better with a Book about just about every book for every situation.

Here’s 6 favorites to read before the 1st day of Kindergarten.  A few of these titles are also great for preschoolers – especially The Kissing Hand as this book is perfect for little ones leaving Mommy or Daddy for the first time. Kenzie and I do the kissing hand with each other anytime I travel overnight on a business trip or will be not be home to tuck her into bed at night.

1. The Kissing Hand

2. Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School

3. Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten

4. Curious George’s First Day of School

5. First Day Jitters 

6. The Night Before Kindergarten 

About Colleen Padilla

Colleen Padilla, the founder and editor of ClassyMommy.com lives in the Philly suburbs and is a full time mom for her 2 children, Mackenzie (7) and Kyle (5). Colleen and the Classy Mommy website have been featured on Fox News, Good Morning America, The New York Times, Parenting Magazine, The New York Post, local Philadelphia ABC, CBS, and NBC programs. Colleen has appeared in a TV special about Alpha Moms on South Korea’s NBC affiliate SBS. She also co-authored The Digital Mom Handbook (HarperCollins).


  1. We read ALL of these books together before my daughter’s first day of kindergarten. Particularly love The Kissing Hand :) She just started 4th grade. ZOOM!

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