The start of term is almost upon us and we have a fantastic selection of books to help kids adapt in those first few weeks back.
These books are perfect for addressing worries young children may have about being back in school after the long summer break, or starting school for the first time. Order a copy for your library or download our free supporting resources.
From table tennis champion and best-selling author, Matthew Syed, You Are Awesome sets out to inspire and empower kids to change their mindset, find their confidence and achieve their potential.
Help children defy self-doubt, re-boot their resilience and follow their own path with Dare to Be You!
The unmissable follow-up to the bestselling You Are Awesome by Matthew Syed empowers readers with inspiring advice and real-life examples, showing them that there’s no such thing as normal.
A motivational and hopeful school handbook for students navigating uncertain times, from Head Teacher, Matthew Burton.
Whether facing assessments, a big change or having to make up for lost time, Head Teacher Matthew Burton is here to help students get motivated again.
A secondary school self-help and survival guide – helping readers navigate exams, overcome peer pressure and start building toward their future goals.
Find Your Girl Squad is an excellent text for KS2 students in order to examine issues surrounding friendships, values, resilience and bullying.
Written by Dr Angharad Rudkin (a children’s psychologist) and Ruth Fitzgerald (a children’s author), the notes available to download below list discussions points, lesson ideas and activity sheets that are ideal for PSE lessons.
For children aged 0-5 years
Follow a class of adorable students as they make sure their teacher is ready all year round. Written in a tongue-in-cheek instructional style, this book is a playful and heartwarming celebration of teachers and school, and an empowering book to help calm back-to-school nerves
The perfect picture book to banish starting school worries, starring the most adorable wolf cub character. This warm and witty story will encourage even the most reluctant children that school is FUN!
Starting school is an adventure – especially when you have a magical unicorn friend by your side! A reassuring story to soothe those back-to-school nerves. Includes instructions on how to make your very own school unicorn!
A classic Charlie and Lola picture book about starting school worries, from Children’s Laureate Lauren Child. This classic first-day-at-school tale addresses children’s fears with warmth, humour, and a lot of fun.
A charmingly funny Hugless Douglas story. Perfect for reassuring little ones going to school or nursery for the first time.
A colourful, fun-filled picture book all about school. This sweet and simple story follows a typical school day, from morning hello’s to hometime. Perfect for sharing with your little one so they know just what to expect before they start school.
A beautifully illustrated and reassuring picture book for children who are starting school for the first time. This book encourages children to
discover the joy of learning new things, meeting new people and having new experiences. Notes for parents and teachers at the back of the book provide valuable advice for how to share this book with your child or class.
Prince George is starting school in this brilliantly funny, reassuring picture book from award-winning author Caryl Hart and bestselling illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson. This hilarious, fun-packed royal story is the perfect book to reassure your own little prince or princess that starting school doesn’t have to be scary.
Featuring funny illustrations by the wonderful Arthur Robins, Starting School explores a variety of scenarios in different school settings. This book is ideal to dip into with children during the run up to the big day and while they are still settling in at school. There are also tips for parents and carers on preparing children for starting school.
This charming picture book story offers a gentle introduction to the concept of being brave and overcoming fears for young children. Also included are suggestions for activities and ideas to talk through together to help children understand their emotions.
For children aged 5-7
Tyrone is having to move schools because his dad has a new job. He is sad and scared about his first day there. This reassuring story shows what happens on a first day at school and shows ways that children can help themselves to ease the transition and learn to cope with their feelings.
Kids Can Cope
A series of beautifully illustrated books that help children understand their emotions and how different aspects of behaviour can affect them, giving practical guidance on how to gain control and feel happier. Each book in the Kids Can Cope series is backed up with practical activities for the child to complete and discuss, consolidating and personalising learning, plus extra notes for parents or teachers.
This book helps children learn to be more confident and comfortable around other children and grown-ups. It suggests ways children can overcome their shyness in a variety of situations.
This book helps children learn how to deal with real and imagined worries. It explains what worry is and where it comes from, and why worries make people think and feel the way they do. Put Your Worries Away suggests ways in which a child can learn to overcome anxiety. With this book, children can learn solutions that really work so that they feel more in control, able to engage with their lives and keep their worries in perspective.
When Molly’s best friend announces that she’s moving to a new school, a blue Wednesday becomes the Worst Wednesday Ever.
That is until some unexpected magic brightens up Molly’s day. Notes, a tiny paper witch who has been lurking in a pen pot, springs to life – and into action! Some of the things Notes does are absolutely NOT helpful and get Molly into trouble with her grouchbag teacher. But it’s surprising what one tiny witch, armed with nothing more than a pencil, can achieve before the bell for home time rings…
With a vibrant, unique voice, and amazing illustrations to match, Inky Willis conjures up magic for every reader!
Felicity Rivers is excited to be Head Girl of the third form and there are three new girls to help settle in this term. But Felicity’s in for a shock when someone starts playing spiteful tricks. The girls suspect an old enemy is to blame – how will they find out for sure?
Expect more drama at Malory Towers!
It’s time to welcome new girls to Malory Towers, the famous boarding school by the sea, in four brand-new stories by outstanding authors, set in Enid Blyton’s much-loved school.
YA and Waterstones Book Prize-winner Patrice Lawrence introduces us to proud Marietta with her magnificent head of braided hair. A dormitory argument reveals something unusual about Marietta, and something equally unexpected about Alicia.