Back-to-school anxiety is a real thing. As adults, it is easy to brush aside. As a kid, it isn't.
Fear of who will be your teacher, in your class, where the bathrooms are, and if you'll even get on the right bus are so prevalent that other behaviors may start to emerge that never once did.
This whole gamut of emotions that a child carries within them may make them seem as moody as Judy! A super-simple way to handle this, alongside healthful talking about it, is to read a book. Splat the Cat became my go-to as this funny, fuzzy feline has some very real emotions children were incredibly familiar with.
Below, and linked where possible, is a small but very powerful list of great books that tackle this subject in some very eloquent, funny, and even serious ways. Enjoy and let me know your own thoughts on your favorite ways to combat anxiety around this once-a-year event.
Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton
First Grade Stinks by Mary Ann Rodman
Kindergarten Rocks by Katie Davis
Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes
Don't Eat the Teacher! by Nick Ward
First Day Jitters by Julie Danneburg
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn