I think I will like school – JD, 4
Starting school is a big deal. Not just for the child, for the parents too! JD is our eldest, so we’re all doing this for the first time and feeling a little nervous and excited.
JD is a chatty sort, but he hadn’t spoken a great deal about the taster days he’d attended at the beginning of the summer. That is until we read a few books together that helped get him talking about what he’s looking forward to and what he’s nervous about.
This colourful picture book tells the story of a little girl feeling nervous the night before her very first day at school. There are plenty of silly moments as she shares her worries with her magical toy fox, but the overall message is that everything will be ok. That seemed to resonate well with JD. (HarperCollins, £6.99)
Come to school too, blue kangaroo
A tale of a little girl starting at a new school, this book got JD excited about all the things he’d be doing at school. The characters go to school, they have story time, they paint, they learn. JD was very enthused and we talked at length about what he’d done on his taster days and what he hoped to do when he started in his new class. (HarperCollins, £10.99)
Bugbears: Learn to fly
Less polished than the other titles, this book is part of a series tackling various elements of growing up. While reading Learn to Fly, JD and I spoke about how the teachers helped the Bugbears to learn a new skill and how listening carefully and following instructions paid off for the heroes. Although less engaged than with the other titles, JD seemed to appreciate that element of the book. (MBR, £5.99)
Do you use books to help open up conversation about challenges and life events with your children?
Disclosure: we were sent all the above books free of charge for review. No payment was received for this post. All posts are 100% honest.