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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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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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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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The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill

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Back of Book:
Mean Jean was Recess Queen and nobody said any different. Until a new kid came to school!
With her irrepressible spirit, the new girl dethrones the reigning recess bully by becoming her friend in this infectious playground romp.
My Review:
I am gearing up for back to school, and finding all my social and emotional stories to read during our first week. I love reading the Recess Queen because it is such a good example of how to play and treat others on a playground. The story follows Mean Jean a girl who controls every aspect of the playground. No one is allowed to do anything until Mean Jean does it first. Until one day when a new girl enters and changes everything. I love that this story is engaging, while still teaching a lesson. The illustrations are vibrant and fun. The end of the story shows readers how friendship is a cure for bullying. The Recess Queen is a fantastic read aloud to teach social and emotional skills.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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On the First Day of First Grade by Tish Rabe

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Back of Book:
From choosing books to read to building things with clay to performing in a play, there are many exciting firsts to look forward to. Saying goodbye to mom and dad can be hard, but when the school bus pulls up, it’s time for some first-grade fun!
My Review:
I received a copy of this book from author Tish Rabe in exchange for an honest review.
Back to school time is upon us. I love finding fun picture books to read to my class on the first day. I was excited to read this engaging and sweet story about the first day of First Grade. I loved that the story followed the theme of the 12 Days of Christmas. The text is repetitive which makes readers easily remember the text. Each page of the book has a different fun detail about going to first grade like visiting the library, counting coins, performing plays etc. The illustrations are fun and show a diverse group of students. Overall, this is a terrific back to school book.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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My Teacher’s Not Here! By Lana Button

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Back of Book:
As soon as she arrives at school, Kitty knows there’s trouble. Smiling Miss Seabrooke should be here to meet me. But my teacher is missing and NOT here to greet me. With no Miss Seabrooke, everyone should be sent home, right? But no! Kitty and her classmates line up as usual and walk into the school building. Kitty’s worries build as she wonders how she will get through the day without her teacher. What will she do when her Thermos gets stuck or her jacket won’t zip? Miss Seabrooke is the only one who can fix these things. Or is she?
My Review:
I am adding this adorable story to my emergency sub plans next year. I teach lower elementary students and they get sad when I am not there. I think this is a perfect book to share with them about how wonderful and fun a substitute teacher can be. The text is in a fun rhyming pattern which makes it a perfect beginning story. The animals in the story are adorably depicted and allow readers to empathize with Kitty and her fears that her teacher will not return. The illustrations are sweet and endearing. A perfect read aloud for younger children.
Ages 4 and up
32 Pages

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Miss Little’s Gift By Douglas Wood

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Back of Book:
Douglas was the youngest, smallest, and newest member of Miss Littles second-grade class, and the almost impossible task of learning to read made things even harder. But reading was only one of his problems. He didn’t like sitting still. He talked when he wasn’t supposed to. He got into scrapes on the playground. When Miss Little tells him he is going to stay after school to practice reading, Douglas thinks it is one of the world’s worst ideas. But its not long till he discovers the wonder that exists between covers of books and finds a world there that he knows and loves.
My Review:
Miss Little is the kind teacher that I strive to be. I believe that ever teacher hopes to make an impact on their students the way Miss Little influenced Douglas. The beauty of this book is that readers can relate to Douglas. All students have a subject that they struggle in. This book shows readers that it is okay to need some extra help. Douglas Wood is a very talented author. This is story told in his own words is an emotional and profound story. The illustrations are full of depth and inspiration. Every child should have a teacher as wonderful as Miss Little at some point in their lives. This book should begiven as a gift to all teachers.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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A Tiger Tail: (Or What Happened to Anya on Her First Day of School) By Mike Boldt

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Back of Book:
Anya wakes up to discover that she has grown a tiger tail. Yes, a striped tiger tail. It also happens to be the first day of school. What will the other kids think? Are girls with tiger tails even allowed to go to school?!
My Review:
I have yet to meet a child who is not a bit nervous on the first day of school. This is a great book to show children that everyone is unique. Anya wakes up with a tiger tale and is horrified that she has to attend the first day of school even with a tale. She tries everything to get the tail off her body. She also tries to cover herself with all her clothes so she can hide the tail. Still, nothing works. Anya finally gets to school and realizes that everyone at school has something unique about them. I loved the last page of the story because it shows a diverse group of students. This is a great story for the first day or week of school.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

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K is for Kindergarten By Erin Dealey

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Here comes kindergarten! Whether your little reader is gearing up for the first day or making her way through the school year, K is for Kindergarten will help guide them with silly rhymes and fun activities from A to Z.
My Review:
I picked this book during a recent trip to the bookstore. I absolutely love this story and how this book is set up. Each letter of the alphabet has a Kindergarten countdown that talks about all the fun things students can expect in Kindergarten. I also loved that each page has a Kinder challenge. I loved that the Kinder challenge is full of ideas that teachers can do throughout the school year. I also loved that this book gives children ideas on how they can practice at home. For example the letter B stands for books. The paragraph goes on to tell children how they can read books with their parents, and that we read books from left to right. I love that this book engages the parents as well as the students. The illustrations are sweet and involve students working together to accomplish tasks, or play. This is a must read for any Kindergarten teacher.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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