Starting School – Feeling good about primary school

Starting School – Feeling good about primary school

Recommended age: 4 – 8

This book supports young children in the transition to primary school and was created by 4 and 5 year old children in County Kilkenny

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First published in 2012, Starting School has been republished in recognition of its unique value as a child centred exploration of making the transition into primary school. This book was the first of its kind in Ireland to share the stories of children as they settle into primary education. In this book children talk about their experiences and emotions surrounding their first days in school.

We hope that this book can be used by parents, preschool teachers and primary school teachers with children, to support them as they make the transition.




“How do we help our children process the emotional and intellectual challenges they will encounter through the first year of their primary-school life? Starting School: Feeling Good About Primary School, a new publication by Kids’ Own Publishing, was created with these challenges in mind.”

— Sara Keating, The Irish Times

‘Who better to offer advice on beginning primary school … than 4-and 5-year old children for whom it is a recent and very real experience! From children’s great sense of wonder and surprise (“my brain works well”) to the importance of relationships and a positive outlook (“I was scared of all the friends that I didn’t know”), the wisdom of children’s words remained with me long after I closed the book.’

– Dr. Sarah Fitzpatrick, Deputy CEO, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment

Additional Info

‘Starting School’ is published by Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership in partnership with Kilkenny Ed­ucation Centre and Kilkenny County Childcare Committee.

A Kids’ Own Publication
1st Edition (2015)

2nd Edition (2022)

Paperback: 28 pages, full colour
ISBN: 978-1-902432-95-3

100% of proceeds support children’s participation in the arts.

Limited Stock Available – Our books have limited print runs, unfortunately it means that when an item is out of stock there are no further copies available. But from time to time with requested and popular books there is a possibility of a second print run. To help us gauge interest please get in touch at [email protected].

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