Is your child heading to kindergarten this September? Here are three new books to help you with the transition.

In "Ready for Kindergarten! From Recognizing Colors to Making Friends, Your Essential Guide to Kindergarten Prep," author Deborah J. Stewart ($14.95, Adams Media) provides ways to successfully kick off your child's kindergarten year. Stewart also writes a blog called

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Help your child meet the Common Core State Standards for Kindergarten using materials in the revised and updated edition of "What Your Kindergartner Needs To Know: Preparing Your Child for a Lifetime of Learning" ($20, Bantam Books), edited by E.D. Hirsch Jr. and John Holdren.

In "The Parent Backpack for Kindergarten Through Grade 5: How to Support Your Child's Education, End Homework Meltdowns and Build Parent-Teacher Connections" ($15.99, Ten Speed Press), author ML Nichols helps parents learn how they can be involved in their children's education from Day One.