Picture books for children in preschool—second grade
Unless otherwise noted, all books may be found in the picture book section under the author’s last name.
Hugging hour! / Aileen Leijten
Drew, who prefers to be called Drool, worries her parents are never coming back when she spends the night with her grandmother.
When Mommy and Daddy go to work / Joanna Cole
Carly is sad when her parents leave her at daycare to go to work, but when reminded that they'll be back later, she soon begins having fun with her friends.
You go away / Dorothy Corey (j T COREY- toddler book)
Conveys everyday experiences of children briefly separated from their parents or caretakers and then reunited.
Llama Llama misses Mama / Anna Dewdney
Llama Llama experiences separation anxiety on his first day of nursery school.
Jake starts school / Michael Wright
No one can pry a frightened Jake away from his parents on the first day of school, and so the three must watch as his classmates have fun until, at the end of the day, his teacher finally gets him to let go.
Ready, set, school! / Jacquelyn Mitchard
After Rory the raccoon conquers his fear of spending an entire night away from home, he is prepared to tackle the challenge of starting school just one week later, whether his parents are ready or not.
Mama, don't go out tonight / Sally Gardner
A little girl's concerns about her mother leaving her for the evening disappear once she finds out how much fun the babysitter can be.
Don't forget to come back! / Robie H. Harris
When her parents go out for the evening, a little girl threatens to run off to Alaska but has a good time with the babysitter instead.
Mama will be home soon / Nancy Minchella
Lili spends a few days with her grandmother while her mother is away and thinks she sees her mother's yellow hat everywhere she goes.
Bye, Bye! / Nancy Kaufmann
On the first day of school, Piggy has a difficult time letting his father go, but after he does, Piggy is in for a pleasant surprise.
I love you all day long / Francesca Rusackas
When a little pig worries about being apart from his mother when he goes off to school, she reassures him.
Will you come back for me? / Ann Tompert
Four-year-old Suki is worried about being left in day care until her mother reassures her that she loves her and will always return for her.
Mama, don't go! / Rosemary Wells (j Er WELLS)
Yoko loves kindergarten, but she doesn't want her mother to leave--until her new friend helps her realize that "mothers always come back."
The Kissing Hand / Audrey Penn
When Chester the raccoon is reluctant to go to kindergarten for the first time, his mother teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him.
The good-bye book / Judith Viorst
A child, on the verge of being left behind by parents who are going out for the evening, comes up with a variety of pleas and excuses.
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Pittsburgh, PA 15228