As the first day of school approaches, parents and preschool teachers are getting their soon-to-be kindergarteners ready. They may be reviewing skills, visiting the new school, and talking about the upcoming changes. Kindergarten teachers and school librarians will want to be ready, too, with the newest books to share with their newest students.
Parents and preschool teachers can build children’s confidence by reviewing basic concepts with Valorie Worth’s Everything I Need to Know Before I’m Five. This brightly colored concept book covers numbers, letters, colors, and more with Worth’s signature toy photography. Denise Fleming’s Shout! Shout it Out! Is another basic concept book for preschoolers and kindergarteners. This brightly colored book is perfect for group sharing, and it is sure to get even the quietest kids shouting out the answers.
The latest title in the Mrs. Madoff series from Anne and Lizzy Rockwell is all about the first day of school. Though the story is about returning to school rather than starting kindergarten, it may set kids’ minds at ease as it follows the various steps in preparing for a new school year. The series presents clear introductions to special days throughout the year in an inviting classroom setting.
Judy Sierra, author of one of my favorite picture books, Wild About Books, takes on the first day of school in her latest book, We Love Our School. This read-together rebus will be a fun book to share with kids who want to “read” the pictures along with you.
Wow! School! is newly available in a paperback or Mackinbound edition. Neubecker’s bright and enthusiastic format worked in Wow! City! And Wow! America!, and the same enthusiasm follows Izzy on her first day of school to great effect. This book was first published in 2007, and it is still a solid purchase in paperback for libraries serving preschoolers and kindergarteners.
If you’re looking for something a little different, try Back to School Tortoise, in which a Tortoise worries about all the things that could go wrong on the first day of school. He goes through all sorts of terrible “what if” situations in his head before he starts thinking about the positive things that might happen. The twist at the end (Tortoise isn’t who you think he is) will be reassuring to kids who think that they are the only ones who worry.
These books are full of enthusiasm, information, and assurance for the new school year. It’s going to be a great year!
Back to School Tortoise by Lucy George. 2011.
Everything I Need to Know Before I’m Five by Valorie Worth. 2011.
First Day of School by Anne Rockwell. 2011.
Shout! Shout it Out! by Denise Fleming. 2011.
We Love Our School by Judy Sierra. 2011.
Wow! School! By Bob Neubecker. 2011 (pbk.)