First Day At Bug School (by Sam Lloyd, published by Bloomsbury)
Our older daughter starts school next week. It's a happy relief that she's excited, but we're stereotypically emotional. There are many wonderful picturebooks that take on the theme of starting school - which can be hugely useful for helping little ones (and their parents) get in the right frame of mind and ease some of the worries and uncertainties away.
One of our favourites over the summer has been First Day at Bug School. This is a delightful depiction of day one for the new insect intake.
After greeting the children and taking the register, Miss Bee directs the creepy crawlies to their own area of learning. Mr Wincy is teaching the young spiders not to go up the water spout, the crickets are rehearsing a new song, and the little ladybirds are counting each other's spots. The fleas are excelling at PE and the dung beetles are desperate for the loo.
The pages are packed with delightful details and bright, engaging illustrations. A clever and fun rhyme throughout moves the story along at a nice pace. Before we know it, it's home time and the parents are waiting at the gate - met by their children with a great cheer of "can we come again tomorrow?"
This is a terrifically entertaining and comforting picturebook which nicely depicts a balance of the fun and the routine of school, of making friends and trying new things.
Other recommended new school titles include:
School for Dads - Fun and frolics in this tale of child and parent role reversal;
My Busy Being Bella Day - Superb depiction of the push and pull of sibling rivalry;
School Gremlins - Fabulous flapping fun as gremlins take over the classroom;
I Am Absolutely Too Small For School - Charlie and Lola prepare for school