Get your little ones ready for preschool by reading these books. Lots of kids are apprehensive about their first day of preschool or pre-k – it’s only natural! Help them understand what to expect and lessen their fears by sharing these wonderful books with them. Encourage and answer their questions and go over the basics:

– What is preschool and what will I do there?
– What will my classroom look like?
– What is a teacher? Who is my teacher?
– Will you stay with me at preschool?
– Who will I play with?
– What if I get hungry or have to go to the potty?
– What if I need a hug?
– When will I go home? Will you pick me up?
– What if I get lost?

Just the titles (scroll down for further detail):

The Night Before Preschool
Maisy Goes to Preschool
Llama LLama Misses Mama
What to Expect at Preschool
Daniel Goes to School
I Love You All Day Long

And here’s the list again, in more detail:

The Night Before Preschool
by Natasha Wing (Author),‎ Amy Wummer (Illustrator)


It’s the night before preschool, and a little boy named Billy is so nervous he can’t fall asleep. The friends he makes the next day at school give him a reason not to sleep the next night, either: he’s too excited about going back! The book’s simple rhyming text and sweet illustrations will soothe any child’s fears about the first day of school.

Maisy Goes to Preschool
by Lucy Cousins (Author, Illustrator)


Maisy is confident and acquainted with the routines of preschool. She clearly has no separation issues. . . . As always, Cousins’s bright color illustrations are simple and appealing.” – School Library Journal

In a bright, full-size storybook full of familiar scenes, this child-friendly look at a day in the life of a preschooler is one that both newcomers and seasoned pros will be happy to share.

Llama Llama Misses Mama
by Anna Dewdney (Author)


Strange new teacher.
Strange new toys.
Lots of kids and lots of noise!

What would Llama like to do?
Llama Llama feels so new . . .

It’s Llama Llama’s first day of preschool! And Llama Llama’s mama makes sure he’s ready. They meet the teachers. See the other children. Look at all the books and games. But then it’s time for Mama to leave. And suddenly Llama Llama isn’t so excited anymore. Will Mama Llama come back?

Of course she will. But before she does, the other children show Llama Llama how much fun school can be!

What to Expect at Preschool
by Heidi Murkoff (Author),‎ Laura Rader (Illustrator)


With the help of Angus, the lovable Answer Dog, best-selling author Heidi Murkoff extends a hand to children and parents as they tackle life’s first experiences together.

It’s hard to believe, but your child’s starting preschool. Even if it’s just for a couple of hours two or three days a week, it seems such a big step for someone in such little sneakers. Not to worry — we’re here to help prepare both of you for that step. We’ll answer your child’s questions about what preschool is like, what preschoolers do, who teachers are, and how they help to make preschool such a fun and special place — so that the first day of preschool will be a day you’ll both look forward to.

Daniel Goes to School
by Becky Friedman (Adapter),‎ Jason Fruchter (Illustrator)


Daniel Tiger is excited to go to school—but he is worried when his dad can’t stay with him—in this back-to-school story for fans of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.

Daniel Tiger is excited to go to school, but he’s not happy that his dad can’t stay at school with him. Daniel learns that “grown-ups come back” and has lots of fun with his teacher and classmates in this sweet 8×8 storybook that will ring true for children just starting school.

I Love You All Day Long
by Francesca Rusackas (Author),‎ Priscilla Burris (Illustrator)


Owen’s anxious question prompts this heartwarming, comforting tale of how a parent’s love stays with a child whether they are together or apart — all day long.