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  • Writer's pictureLaura Senenko

Drop-offs and tears: Our 5 favorite picture books to help soothe separation anxiety

Heading off to preschool is an exciting time of exploration and independence! But if your child's eyes well up and their dimpled hands grab your legs in a death grip at drop-off time, know that your little one isn't purposefully trying to ruin your morning. He or she is experiencing an uncomfortable – even painful – transition from their beloved adult to a room full of new people. Fortunately, there are wonderful books that help prepare your child and ease their (and your!) anxiety. Five of our favorites:

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney

Owl Babies by Martin Waddel and Patrick Benson

The Invisible String by Patrice Karst and Geoff Stevenson

I Love You All Day Long by Francesca Rusackas

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