Manchester, Connecticut

Starting School Stories

  • Bloom, Suzanne.  The Bus for Us. (Growing Up JJ Bloom)
    • On her first day of school, Tess wonders what the school bus will look like.
  • Buzzeo, Toni. Adventure Annie Goes to Kindergarten. (Growing Up JJ Buzzeo)
    • Even though there are rules to follow, a little girl who loves adventure has an exciting first day of kindergarten.
  • Carlson, Nancy L. Look Out, Kindergarten, here I Come! (Growing Up JJ Carlson)
    • Even though Henry is looking forward to going to kindergarten, he is not sure about staying once he first gets there.
  • Cox, Judy. Don't Be Silly, Mrs. Millie! (Growing Up JJ Cox)
    • A teacher makes her students laugh when she mixes up words saying "goats" instead of "coats" and "poodles" when she means "puddles."
  • Danneberg, Julie. First Day Jitters. (Growing Up JJ Danneberg)
    • Sarah is afraid to start at a new school, but both she and the reader are in for a surprise when she gets to her class.
  • DeGroat, Diane. Brand-New Pencils, Brand-New Books. (Growing Up JJ DeGroat)
    • Gilbert's excitement over starting first grade turns to worry, but throughout the day he encounters pleasant surprises.
  • DePaola, Tomie. Meet the Barkers. (JJCD Book DePaola)
    • Bossy Moffie and her quiet twin brother Morgie both enjoy starting school.
  • Edwards, Pamela Duncan. Dinosaur Starts School. (Dinosaurs JJ Edwards)
    • Dinosaur worries about the first day of school, but with the help of a a reassuring classmate he finds that school can be fun.
  • Gantos, Jack.  Back to School for Rotten Ralph. (Growing Up JJ Gantos)
    • Afraid of being left alone, Rotten Ralph, the nasty red cat, follows Sarah to school and tries to prevent her from making new friends.
  • George, Lucy M. Back to School Tortoise. (Growing Up JJ George)
    • Summer is over and Tortoise must summon the courage to go back to school.
  • Grogan, John. Marley Goes to School. (Growing Up JJ Grogan)
    • Marley the rambunctious dog sniffs his way to Cassie's school and spreads chaos as he searches for her.
  • Harper, Jamie. Miss Mingo and the First Day of School. (Growing Up JJ Harper)
    • Miss Mingo helps all of the animal students in her class overcome their shyness on the first day of school by encouraging them to share something special about themselves.
  • Henkes, Kevin. Wemberly Worried. (JJ Henkes)  
    • A mouse named Wemberly finds that she has a whole list of things to worry about when she faces the first day of nursery school.
  • McGhee, Alison. Countdown to Kindergarten. (Growing Up JJ McGhee)
    • Ten days before the start of kindergarten, a preschooler can not tie her shoes by herself and fears the worst.
  • McGhee, Alison. Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth. (Growing Up JJ McGhee)
    • A first grader is frightened on her first day of school after hearing a rumor that her teacher is an alien who steals baby teeth from her students.
  • Mackall, Dandi Daley. First Day. (Growing Up JJ Mackall)
    • After a doubt filled but successful first day at school, a child can't help but look forward to the second day.
  • Penn, Audrey. The Kissing Hand. (Growing Up JJ Penn)  
    • When Chester the raccoon is reluctant to go to kindergarten for the first time, his mother teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him.
  • Rubel, Nicole. Ham and Pickles: first day of school. (Growing Up JJ Rubel)
    • Pickles is nervous about her first day of school, but taking advice from her big brother Ham may not be a good idea.
  • Saltzberg, Barney. Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for School. (Growing Up JJ Saltzberg)
    • Cornelius the pig has his own style when preparing for school in the morning, but he does not really feel ready until he gets a kiss.
  • Silverman, Erica. Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: School Days. (JJ E Silverman)
    • Cocoa the horse does not want Cowgirl Kate to go to school without him.
  • Slate, Joseph. Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten. (Growing Up JJ Slate)  
    • Introduces the letters of the alphabet as Miss Bindergarten and her students get ready for kindergarten.
  • Thompson, Lauren. Mouse's First Day of School. (Growing Up JJ Thompson)
    • When he goes to school, Mouse finds a world of new objects and new friends.
  • Vernick, Audrey. Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? (Growing Up JJ Vernick)
    • Although kindergarten provides unique challenges for a young buffalo, one who follows the rules and tries his best will get along fine.
  • Wells, Rosemary. Timothy Goes to School. (Favorites JJ Wells)
    • Timothy learns about being accepted and making friends during the first week of his first year at school.