Growth Mindset, School

I Will Be Fierce By Bea Birdsong

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Back of Book:
It’s a brand new day, and a young girl decides to take on the world like a brave explorer heading off on an epic fairytale quest. From home to school and back again, our hero conquers the Mountain of Knowledge (the library), forges new bridges (friendships), and leads the victorious charge home on her steed (the school bus).
My Review:
I Will Be Fierce is a wonderful story by debut author Bea Birdsong. It follows a young girl as she journeys through the first day of school. The first person narration allows readers to connect with the young girl’s strength and kindness. I love all the ways that I can use this story for social and emotional learning. It touches on confidence, kindness, social pressure and staying true to oneself. The illustrations by Nadhi Chanani are beautiful and bring the girl into full focus. This book is a great addition to the first week of school.
32 Pages
Ages 5 and up

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

Animals, School

Take Your Pet to School Day By Linda Ashman

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Back of Book:
When pets show up with their kids at Maple View Elementary, it’s total chaos! These animals have no respect for school rules, and every class quickly gets out of hand. But why did they show up in the first place? Who said they could come? Could it have been…the pets themselves? It turns out they just wanted in on the fun! Now, if they want to stay, they’ll just have to behave.
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from Random House Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
Every student in my classroom would love to bring their pets to school every day of the year. I was so excited to share this fun and vibrant story with my summer kids this year. The story follows a group of children who bring their pets to school. What follows is a hysterical series of escapades. Every place the pets go they cause havoc and confusion. The end of the story is a fun twist that will make readers smile. The text is written in a rhyming scheme that is perfect for beginning readers. The illustrations by Suzanne Kaufman are full of bright colors and details. Suzanne has a gift for showcasing diverse students in her illustrations and this book is no exception. Overall, this is a fabulous story that readers will want to read over and over.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

Read Your World, School

All Are Welcome By Alexandra Penfold

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Back of Book:
Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. A school where kids in patkas, hijabs, and yarmulkes play side-by-side with friends in baseball caps. A school where students grow and learn from each other’s traditions and the whole community gathers to celebrate the Lunar New Year. All Are Welcome lets young children know that no matter what, they have a place, they have a space, they are welcome in their school.
My Review:
This is a remarkable and beautifully executed picture book about the importance of diversity and inclusion in classrooms. The story follows several children as they enjoy all aspects of class together. This story shows readers that all students coming to school with different cultures, traditions, and experiences. The illustrations are simply memorizing! Each page of the book ends with the sentence you are welcome here. I also love that the dust jacket turns into a beautiful poster that can be hung on the wall. A great addition to any diversity unit.
Ages 5 and up
44 Pages

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Friendship, School, Skills Children Learn

Eraser By Anna Kang

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Back of Book:
Eraser is always cleaning up everyone else’s mistakes. Except for Ruler and Pencil Sharpener, none of the other school supplies seem to appreciate her. They all love how sharp Pencil is and how Tape and Glue help everyone stick together. Eraser wants to create so that she can shine like the others. She decides to give it a try, but it’s not until the rubber meets the road that Eraser begins to understand a whole lot about herself.
My Review:
I was sent a copy of this story in exchange from author Anna Kang in exchange for an honest review.
I absolutely love that this story teaches readers several different lessons about character. It touches on teamwork, kindness, friendship, self-esteem, growth mindset, and more. It is an excellent story to read at the beginning of the school year. It follows a little eraser who is tired of being overlooked, and under apricated. As the story progresses Eraser realizes how important her role truly is. I loved that all writing tools are in this book and that they all play a unique role in the story line. The illustrations are terrific, and bring the cast of character’s to life. I highly recommend this book to all educators, and school librarians.
40 Pages
Ages 5 and up

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School

Pirates Go to School By Corinne Demas

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Back of Book:
Pirates and their parrots go to school, and it’s time to hang up their swords and have fun. They learn reading and math, and they bring pirate treasure for show-and-tell. For pirates, going to school is as much fun as a game of “walk the plank”!
My Review:
I have learned that any story involving pirates is an instant hit with my students. This book is no exception. It follows a group of pirates as they enjoy a day at school. The pirates enjoy all the fun aspects of school like snack time, show and tell, recess, and story time. The rhyming text is fun, and will make students laugh out loud! The illustrations are filled with detail and show readers a fun look of having pirates at school. This is a great back to school book for K-2nd grade.
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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School

Curious George’s First Day of Schoolby H. A. Rey

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Back of Book:
It’s the first day of school, and Curious George has been invited to Mr. Apple’s class to be a special helper! George is just the right monkey for the job—until he starts to wreak his usual havoc, that is.
My Review:
My students love all things Curious George and this book is no exception. The book follows George as he visits school for the first time. George gets curious while painting and wants to see if mixing the paint colors will give him more colors. Instead, all George ends up with is a mess. I love that all the children come together to help George clean up the paint. The illustrations are classic, and will make older readers reminisce about their favorite Curious George story. A great read aloud for back to school.
Ages 4 and up
24 Pages

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