As the school year quickly approaches, now is the time to equip our kids with the right tools in order to facilitate a smooth transition. Many preschoolers will be heading into the classroom for the first time adorned with trendy backpacks and cool lunchboxes. Along with the fashionable accessories come butterflies in their tummies and jittery feelings over this adjustment. To help quell their fears, here are some of our favorite back-to-school book picks available in stores and online now.
Older kids will love the non-stop learning and engagement they will discover from the new book,1000 Strange but True Animal Facts (Discovery Kids). This exciting and enlightening book allows kids to learn the strange but true facts about animals. A fun way to supplement your child's learning, you will both be amazed at what you learn and how exciting it is to discover the world of animals in this vivid book.
Fans of dinosaurs will love the fun Dino Supersaurus: Stickersaurus. This fun book is filled with stickers that is a great way to send your child off to school with this interactive gift. This includes a story featuring 7 giant story scenes, 50 reusable stickers to stick, lift and restick, children can read the story panels and the ability for them to create their own action-packed scenes.
Maisy Goes to Preschool: A Maisy First Experiences Book by Lucy Cousins introduces your little preschooler to the routines and fun-filled activities most often found in a school setting. Separation anxiety will not be an issue for your little one once your child experiences Maisy’s exciting day of playing in the sandbox and making noise with loud instruments. The colorful illustrations are outlined in black bringing the book to life as you read about Maisy’s adventures. This book is a must-read selection at bedtime.
I Love You All Day Long by Francesca Rusackas (author), Priscilla Burris (illustrator) is a comforting read for those children who are a little anxious about being apart from mom. When Owen the pig wonders how he is going to survive at school, his mom reassures him she will love him “all day long.” In a series of practical scenarios, Owen learns that when he makes a mess with paints or doesn’t make it to the potty in time his mom will still love him “all day long.” Told with humor and warmth, this delightful read will calm your child’s fears.
Splat the Cat: Back to School, Splat! by Rob Scotton is a comical story about one clever cat with a lively disposition. On the first day of school, Splat is perplexed by his homework assignment. He can’t figure out how he is going to pick just one of his summer’s adventures to share with his school mates for show-and-tell. Along the way, this little, furry friend realizes it might not be the adventures that was the most memorable experience of the summer. This uplifting series of humorous books is a favorite among moms and teachers.
Brand-new Pencils, Brand-new Books (Gilbert and Friends) by Diane deGroat explores the wonders of starting first grade. Gilbert the hedgehog feels a bit overwhelmed by his new school books and commanding teacher. Thinking first grade is going to be too difficult, he sits by himself at lunchtime. Soon, he meets new friends and learns that everyone has his or her own talents. The colorful illustrations paired with the easy text for beginning readers make this book a winner.
The Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches on the Planet: Make Lunches Your Kids Will Love with More Than 200 Deliciously Nutritious Meal Ideas by Laura Fuentes is a must-read pick for moms this school year. Move over the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and make room for gluten, soy, and/or nut-free lunchbox choices. Using fresh ingredients to incorporate a variety of nutritious foods to your child’s diet, you can turn an ordinary lunch into an extraordinary feast. From Ricotta and Jam Pancake Sandwiches to Cheddar and Pear Quesadillas, your child’s spread will become the ultimate star at the lunch table.
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