6 Books to Read before the First Day of Kindergarten

The 1st day of school. What a milestone. Take a peek at our list of 6 Books to Read before the First Day of Kindergarten to inspire your “back to school” reading with your little ones. I wrote this post when Kenzie was starting Kindergarten! These reads still hold true and this post has held the test of time as Kenzie is now entering 9th grade and high school! Unbelievable that I first curated this list 9 years ago! Wow! Time flies…..

Kyle loves this list too and says that teachers used to read them “First Day Jitters” in class on the first day of school all the way up until 4th grade! It’s always comforting to see a familiar book in class that you’ve read at home too!

6 Books to Read before the First Day of Kindergarten

I’ve kept my original text below for the memories about her embarking on the school bus for that milestone moment of starting Kindergarten.


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.

6 Books to Read before the First Day of Kindergarten

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!

1. The Kissing Hand

We heart the Kissing Hand so much! 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.

Kissing Hand

2. Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School

Amelia Bedelia is always hilarious!

Amelia Bedelia First Day of School

3. Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten

Even teachers need to get prepped for Back to School!

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten

4. Curious George’s First Day of School

Everyone loves Curious George! To read about a favorite character experiencing back to school is super relatable and comforting for kiddos.

Curious George First Day of School

5. First Day Jitters 

This is a classic! My son Kyle loves this book! He says teachers used to always read it to the class on the 1st day of school … he said he feels like they read it to them all the way up until almost 4th grade!

First Day Jitters

6. The Night Before Kindergarten 

You can also check out “The Night Before First Grade” or “The Night Before Preschool” too! I admit I’ve bought and read all of these titles for my kiddos!!! Whatever works.. Am I right???!?!

Night before kindergarten

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