Hello, August! You know what that means….the ringing of school bells will soon be in the air. I usually order a handful of new/new to our patrons books about school. School-related books tend to fly off the shelves around this time, so if you’re in the need for some circulation boosters, give these books a try:
Eddie Gets Ready For School
Eddie has a morning routine checklist: wake up, wash up, get dressed…pretty normal, right? Well, Eddie’s idea of waking up is waking everyone up with a megaphone, washing up requires a scuba mask, and getting dressed involves a superhero costume. Mom, as you can imagine, has other ideas. Minimal text and vibrant illustrations make this a crowd-pleaser for preschoolers and kindergartners. Guaranteed to provoke many laughs.
First Day of School
The children in Anne Rockwell’s First Day of School are enjoying a playground romp before heading back to school. They discuss last year’s first day of school, talk about their back to school preparations (haircuts, shopping for school supplies), and hope that old friends will be in their new classes. This is quite the charmer and great for children who are old pros at the back to school deal, since many “first day of school” books are about preschool or kindergarten students. The illustrations are bright, appealing, and multicultural.
Follow the Line to School
If you’re familiar with Lara Ljungkvist’s Follow the Line books, you know that they are fun interactive books perfect for one-on-one sharing. Her latest Follow the Line book takes the reader on a tour of an inviting elementary school, complete with questions that ask the child reader/listener to explore the illustrations. This is a clever and appealing addition to your school-related picture books.
Your turn! What are your favorite first day of school/back to school books?