Kindergarten stories, School

The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes

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Back of Book:
Starting kindergarten is a big milestone–and the hero of this story is ready to make his mark! He’s dressed himself, eaten a pile of pancakes, and can’t wait to be part of a whole new kingdom of kids. The day will be jam-packed, but he’s up to the challenge, taking new experiences in stride with his infectious enthusiasm! And afterward, he can’t wait to tell his proud parents all about his achievements–and then wake up to start another day.
My Review:
I absolutely love teaching Kindergarten! Every day brings a new discovery or adventure. This story is an excellent introduction to what a day in Kindergarten is like. The story follows a nameless young boy as he experiences his first day of school. I have many books in my library about celebrating the first day of Kindergarten, but none of them focus on a male charecter. Derrick has perfectly crafted a unique back to school story. The text highlights the importance of holding your head high and always being kind to others. The illustrations by Vanessa Brantley-Ne
wton are bold and bright. She beatifully captured the essence of the story. I shared this book with the children in my summer program. My favorite part was one of the boys saying “hey, he looks like me” it warmed my heart to share such a relatable book with my students.
This is definitly a must read for all Kidergarten classrooms.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

Kindergarten stories, School

Butterflies on the First Day of School By Annie Silvestro

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Back of Book:
Rosie can’t wait to start kindergarten—she’s had her pencils sharpened and her backpack ready for weeks. But suddenly, on the night before the big day, her tummy hurts. Rosie’s mom reassures her that it’s just butterflies in her belly, and she’ll feel better soon. Much to Rosie’s surprise, when she says hello to a new friend on the bus, a butterfly flies out of her mouth! As the day goes on, Rosie frees all her butterflies and even helps another shy student let go of hers, too.
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from Sterlings Children’s Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
Kindergarten is such an exciting time. Children often have a variety of mixed emotions as they begin the school year. Annie beautifully captured the anticipation and apprehension that the first day of school can bring.
The story follows Rosie, a young girl who gets butterflies on her first day. The more confidence Rosie has the better she feels. I loved the use of metaphor in the story. Readers can easily relate to having their own butterflies on the first day of school. The illustrations by Dream Chen are whimsical and bright. I loved the verity of colors that were used within the pages. This is a perfect book for all incoming kindergarten students and their teachers.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

Kindergarten stories

Pirates Don’t Go to Kindergarten! By Lisa Robinson

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Back of Book:
Pirate Emma is about to start kindergarten! But Emma’s not so sure she’s ready for a new captain and crew. Especially since Cap’n Chu—the roughest, toughest, awesomest preschool cap’n ever—is right down the hall. So Emma decides to head back to the preschool ship to see if she can stir up a mutiny against kindergarten! Is that what she really wants? Or does she just miss her beloved Cap’n Chu? Batten down the hatches, mateys, because the first day of school is going to be stormy!
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from debut author Lisa Robinson in exchange for an honest review.
I have taught both Preschool and Kindergarten. It can be tough for children to transition to a new environment with different teachers and students. Pirates Don’t Go to Kindergarten beautifully captures how readers can feel as they venture into a new school year.
The story follows a young pirate named Emma who thinks that she is ready for Kindergarten. That is until she realizes that Kindergarten will not have her beloved Cap’n chu. Instead, her new leader would be Cap’n Hayes. Also, Kindergarten is not a Pirate ship but a space ship. Emma changes her mind and decides that she is going back to preschool. What follows is a fun series of events that will make readers laugh out loud. The illustrations by Eda Kaban are bright and full of fun details. They showcase a diverse group of students and allow readers to see themselves within the pages.
This is a perfect book to share at the end of preschool or the beginning of Kindergarten.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

Kindergarten stories

The Night Before Kindergarten Graduation by Natasha Wing

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Back of Book:
Get ready for a major milestone: kindergarten graduation! Of course, there’s a lot of preparation the night before as kids prepare for the momentous occasion.
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from Penguin House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
The Night Before Kindergarten Graduation is a spot on look at the joy, and sometimes craziness that occurs before graduation. As a Kindergarten teacher, each page brought up a memory and made me smile. The text is written with a fun and engaging rhyming scheme that will catch readers attention from the first page, The illustrations are the bright and familiar images that are apart of all of The Night Before Series. My students are going to love hearing this story. A perfect read aloud to end the school year.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

Kindergarten stories

Planet Kindergarten By Sue Ganz-Schmitt

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Back of Book:
This clever picture book will prepare young explorers to boldly go where they have never gone before: Planet Kindergarten. Hilarious and confidence-boosting, this exciting story will have new kindergarteners ready for liftoff!
My Review:
Planet Kindergarten is an out of this world look at one boys first day in Kindergarten. The story is written in a space themed setting and follows all the aliens as they adapt to the changes of school. This book is a fun twist on what the first day of Kindergarten looks like. The illustrations are bright and filled with space related items. Teachers and students will love following the boy as he successfully navigates through his mission.
Ages 5 and up
32 pages

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Kindergarten stories, School

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Back of Book:
Celebrate all the familiar milestones and moments shared by every kid entering kindergarten in this charming second-person narrative. Whether it’s early-morning jitters or becoming familiar with new classroom routines, this sweet and bouncy story will have expectant kindergarteners saying, “Kindergarten is cool!”
My Review:
I love teaching Kindergarten. There is something magical about being a part of a students beginning in school. This is an adorable look at all the milestones that Kindergartners reach throughout the year. The book shows examples of children counting, singing, playing during recess time, and eating lunch. The text is written in a rhyming pattern which makes it an engaging read aloud. The illustrations are bright and colorful. My students loved all the details in each picture. This is among my favorite books to read in Kindergarten.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Kindergarten stories, School

Countdown to Kindergarten By Alison McGhee

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Back of Book:
It’s just ten days before kindergarten, and this little girl has heard all there is to know–from a first grader–about what it’s going to be like. You can’t bring your cat, you can’t bring a stuffed animal, and the number one rule? You can’t ask anyone for help. Ever. So what do you do when your shoes come untied, if you’re the only one in the class who doesn’t know how to tie them up again?
My Review:
This is a fun read aloud that is perfect for the first week of Kindergarten. It follows a little girl who is scared to go to cool because she cannot tie her shoes. Every day she tries to hide her shoes so she won’t have to attend Kindergarten. As the story continues her plans become more and more elaborate. She takes her shoes in the tub, and even tries to feed them to the cat. In the end, the little girl realizes that Kindergarten is all about growing and learning. This is a great story to read about one of the ways that children will grow and mature in their Kindergarten year.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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