Peppa Pig: George’s First Day at Playgroup 

For little ones starting nursery with big brothers and sisters already settled in, this book will resonate. It is George's first day at playgroup and Peppa doesn't really want him there. But when all of her friends want a little brother too, will Peppa change her mind? This fun, interactive and heartfelt book is ideal for encouraging Peppa Pig fans to get excited about their first day!

I’m Starting Nursery: Pirate Pete and Princess Polly by Amanda Li

The Pirate Pete and Princess Polly interactive sound books are a highly entertaining and immersive way of introducing boys and girls to nursery. As well as covering all the basics of the first few days, the additional feature of the cheering sound button allows children to associate nursery with reward, happiness and fun – and gets them truly involved in the story.

Topsy and Tim Start School by Jean Adamson

The prince and princess of new experiences, Topsy and Tim cover the fundamentals of day one at ‘big school’. Children will instantly recognise these trustworthy characters, feeling reassured that their favourite duo has gone through the same routines that they too will face at school. Most importantly, Topsy and Tim teach children that school can be really fun – with new friends to be made and exciting new things to learn!

The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep by Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin

Routine is one of the key ingredients to a happy and successful school day, including a calm and stress-free bedtime. Because of this, parents all over the world have introduced The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep to their child’s bedtime routine. This groundbreaking book promises to help children fall asleep easily and peacefully – vital for attentiveness and cheerfulness the next day.

In the Night Garden: Shapes

In this bright and beautiful board book, Igglepiggle and his friends in the Night Garden teach little ones all about key shapes. This book is a great introduction to some of the fundamental principles taught at school and nursery and will help give children an extra bit of confidence in their first few weeks.

Starting School by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

No back-to-school list would be complete without the Ahlberg picture book classic Starting School. This book covers the very basics of the first day – from finding your peg to saying goodbye to Mum and Dad. This book is the ultimate reassurance for those children who are about to start school for the very first time.

Spot Loves Nursery by Eric Hill

Children beginning nursery or playgroup can take comfort knowing that their favourite pup, Spot, has been there too – and he had a wonderful time! In signature Spot style, this book features bright, playful artwork and reassures little ones that nursery is fun, fascinating and full of new friends!

My Busy Being Bella Day by Rebecca Patterson

For those who think that staying home is much more fun than going to nursery, they might have a lesson or two to learn from Bella. Bella can’t stop thinking about her little brother Bob who gets to stay at home with Mummy – are they doing lots of exciting things without her? Bella soon discovers that there are definitely advantages to going to nursery, including singing, playing on the horses and dressing up as a fairy queen princess!

P is for Peter by Beatrix Potter

P is for Peter is not only the perfect welcome to the world of Peter Rabbit; it is also the ideal way to introduce children to the alphabet. This stylish and whimsical board book allows children to grasp some of the basics from nursery in an unintimidating and friendly way.

Alfie and His Very Best Friend by Shirley Hughes

School and nursery are about learning so much more than just the core curriculum. Indeed, one of the most important lessons a child can learn is how to be a good friend. This beautiful picture book by the legendary Shirley Hughes explores the heartwarming friendship of Alfie and Bernard as they explore and learn about the world together. Alfie and His Very Best Friend is sure to get children excited about building their very own special friendships at school and nursery.

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