Back-to-School Books

Are you getting your youngster ready for a school year?   These are a number of books that are about school that my kids have fallen in love with.   This year we will have one semi-kindergartner, two preschoolers and a rolly-polly infant.   They have all missed our daily blog fodder “school time” each morning and are looking forward to the fall.   In two of these books, they discuss the first day of school, all the newness and silliness of a strange routine and new place!   Thank you to Abrams Books for sending us these, and a few other books, for us to enjoy!   Check them out for more fun reading!Preschool book

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The first book is, Dotty, by Erica S. Perl.   It is about a gal who brings “Dotty” her invisible horned friend with her to school.   My daughter has imaginary friends (and actually an imaginary house where she claims to live part-time) so she can really relate with Ida, the girl in the story.   I love how this book talks about reality and imagination, encourages children to apologize for wrong actions, and celebrates creativity and active imaginations.   This book is great for those pre-school jitters, I love how warm Ida’s teacher, Ms. Raymond, is in this story!

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Preschool BookMy son loves the second book we got to review today!   He loves facts and vivid pictures (and could do without story plot most of the time).     The book, The Exceptionally, Extraordinarily Ordinary First Day of School, by Albert Lorenz, is hilarious – it definitely speaks to little boys.   It features wild creatures that welcome, John (the main character), to the school bus where they drive to the “castle” (aka school), he carries a lizard and steps on frogs in science class, gets to meet several historical characters, eats insects for lunch in the cafeteria, and more.   Quirky Kiddo Z loved all the detail (and trying to find the kid hiding on each page picking his nose).   I loved the facts in the sidebar.   This book was one of the more educational and yet incredibly silly stories we have read in some time!

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Preschool BookThe final book we got to review was about Sam, a mouse who lives in a library.   The book, Library Mouse: A World to Explore, by Daniel Kirk, is really cute.   My hubby used to be a librarian (sexy, I know!) and we love our local library and the trove of information you can find browsing books.   Sam and his friend Sarah share their love of books with the readers, and explain how they research with books to learn new things, like how to fly airplanes or to pretend they were Egyptian pharaohs.   They get to “see the world” through the books they are reading.

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7 Comments

  1. Lots and lots of glue. We go through so much glue. And brads, I need to find brads but keep forgetting to pick them up at the store.

  2. Catherine says:

    Cute books! The only thing left on my school supplies list is wipes. Everything else is in my closet, waiting for the first day. 🙂

  3. Ticia, what do you use brads for? I’d love to learn more resources I can make and use!

  4. I’m hoping to be teaching my own classroom, so I know I’m going to need lots of supplies and lots of good books, like these!

  5. Ruth Hill says:

    I subscribe to your blog via e-mail. I am a teacher, and my daughter will be in second grade. I don’t know what is on the supply list yet, but it will probably cost more to get me ready than her!

  6. My preschooler loves loves loves school, and can’t wait to get back (am I really that boring?!) And my toddler wishes she could go this fall too! We don’t need much, just clothes and shoes that fit, plus gallons of Purell. Books, though, are always on the list:)
    Great Blog, I’ve been reading for a while, just subscribed to the google feed.

  7. I’m fortunate right now that my daughter loves reading and is actually getting into some pretty good series that are reasonably well written and conceived (Rainbow Fairies). However I do have a bit of a challenge with my son which I’m hoping to resolve in what’s left of the summer months so that he’s ready for full time school in September. Thanks for the great book suggestions as I’m sure they will be very useful for him.

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