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07/13/2020 | Online Storytime

The King of Kindergarten

In The King of Kindergarten a little boy is encouraged and filled with confidence by his parents in the time leading up to his first day of school. You can be the King of it, even if you don't know everything yet! You can be the King of learning! "It sounds like a lot, but you're the King of Kindergarten. Piece. Of. Cake." This joyful attitude about how to welcome new experiences helps him have a great first day of kindergarten!

The parents in The King of Kindergarten helped by passing on the excitement of learning and the perspective that nothing will be too difficult - there will be a classroom of friends and a teacher to learn with. Learning will be fun! You can listen to The King of Kindergarten right now, read by Alvin Irby from Barbershop Books.

This school year starting school will probably have some extra anxiety in it. Here are some additional resources to help talk to young children about COVID-19 and the important things they need to do to help keep themselves and everyone around them safe.


Another great idea to get ready for the first day of school is reading books about other kids and favorite characters who are ALSO worried about the first day of school. Stories featuring the Berenstain Bears, Amelia Bedelia, Curious George and more can help your child practice what it might feel like to be anxious about school and learn great strategies for having fun instead!

More FREE online stories:

The King of KindergartenHow Do Dinosaurs Go to School?David Goes to SchoolMilk Goes to SchoolMaria Tenia Una Llama PequenaAll Are WelcomeLlama Llama Misses MamaClark the SharkTeacher CatHow to Get Your Teacher Ready for SchoolEmily Elizabeth goes to SchoolEmily Va a la EscuelaAre You Ready For School

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