By Jessica Gleason

Transitioning to kindergarten is an important time in a young person’s life.  Sharing books about feelings, friends, and adapting to changes in routine and schedules is one way to help your little one get ready for starting school.  Here are some books to check out at your local public library. 

  • Kindergarten: Where Kindness Matters Every Day by Vera Ahiyya and pictures by Joey Chou
  • The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
  • The Queen of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
  • Hello School! with words and pictures by Priscilla Burris
  • Lena’s Shoes Are Nervous: A First-day-of-school Dilemma by Keith Calabrese and Juana Medina
  • Danbi Leads the School Parade by Anna Kim
  • Kindergarten Hat by Janet Lawler and illustrated by Geraldine Rodriguez
  • Lola Goes to School by Anna McQuinn and illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
  • Getting Ready for Kindergarten by Mary Ann and Eric Nemoto with photography by Dana Gorecki and Michael Mazzola
  • On the First Day of Kindergarten by Tish Rabe and pictures by Laura Hughes
  • Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate andillustrated by Ashley Wolff

Also, check out more book recommendations here:  StartingSchool_Booklist18.pdf (

Library Card Sign-Up Month

Get in your element this September—sign up for a library card! From borrowing books, and ebooks, learning new skills, or attending story time, a library card helps you do more of what you enjoy.  A library card is your most important school supply—it’s elemental, really—and everyone should have one! Visit and click on the “How Do I…” tab then on “Get a New Library Card”.  Apply online for a Virtual Library card (valid for 45 days) and gain access to all online digital resources. To activate all library card privileges (including placing requests online for materials and borrowing books, DVDS and more), please visit your local library with proof of Hawaii residency.