Ready, set, kindergarten!

Published 11:50 am Tuesday, August 1, 2023

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School will start back before we know it! Do you have a little one starting kindergarten this year? Bring them to Columbus Library on Monday, August 7 at 2 p.m. to learn about starting kindergarten with a special themed storytime! If you can’t make it to the event, check out one of these books to share with them.


How to Start Kindergarten by Cathy Hapka

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David is the new kid at school, and is worried about fitting in. Steve is NOT worried about fitting in, and tells David, “Just do what I do and you will be great!” But when David listens a little too well, Steve has a bona fide copycat on his hands! Zany antics and plot twists will feel relatable and fun in this hilarious story.


The Queen of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes

MJ is more than ready for her first day of kindergarten! With her hair freshly braided and her mom’s special tiara on her head, she knows she’s going to rock kindergarten. But the tiara isn’t just for show—it also reminds her of all the good things she brings to the classroom, stuff like her kindness, friendliness, and impressive soccer skills, too! This is the perfect book to reinforce back-to-school excitement and build confidence in the newest students.


The Best Seat in Kindergarten by Katharine Kenah

It’s Sam’s first day of kindergarten, and he’s not so sure what to expect. Sam’s teacher, Ms. Tate, takes the class on a nature walk, and at the very end, everyone gets to show off what they found! Sam makes new friends when he helps everyone find interesting things for show-and-tell. On the first day of kindergarten, everyone is new at school—including Sam. Kindergartners-to-be will relate to Sam’s worries and be reassured by how well his day goes. This is a gentle, believable, sweet story that helps kids explore their emotions and reflect on their own experiences.


On the Night Before Kindergarten by Rosemary Wells

On the night before kindergarten, Milo’s dreams are not happy ones and make him worry about all the ways things at school could go wrong. On the morning of the big day, he’s nervous and wants Mama and Daddy to come with him, but they aren’t allowed. How can Milo face kindergarten alone? But over the course of the day, Milo makes new friends and learns new things. Kindergarten turns out to be pretty great! 


Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate

This rhyming, brightly illustrated book is the perfect way to practice the alphabet and to introduce young children to kindergarten! It’s the first day of kindergarten and Miss Bindergarten is hard at work getting the classroom ready for her new students. Meanwhile, Adam Krupp wakes up, Brenda Heath brushes her teeth, and Christopher Beaker finds his sneaker. Miss Bindergarten puts the finishing touches on the room just in time, and the students arrive. Now the fun can begin!


A Place Called Kindergarten by Jessica Harper

A charming story about starting kindergarten and telling everyone at home all about it! The animals in the barn are in a tizzy: Tommy is missing! The dog says Tommy has gone to a place called kindergarten. “Where is kindergarten?” the animals exclaim. “What will happen to Tommy there? Will he ever come back?” Don’t worry – eventually Tommy bursts into the barn with tales of the fun he had and all he learned. A heart-warming, tender story that’s sure to reassure any child heading to kindergarten.


Jen Pace Dickenson is the Youth Services Librarian for Polk County Public Libraries. For information about the library’s resources, programs, and other services, visit or call (828) 894-8721.