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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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How to Get Your Teacher Ready By Jean Reagan

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Back of Book:
Written in tongue-in-cheek instructional style, a class of adorable students gives tips and tricks for getting a teacher ready—for the first day of school, and all the events and milestones that will follow getting their teacher ready is really getting themselves ready. Filled with charming role-reversal humor, this is a playful and heartwarming celebration of teachers and students, and the perfect gift for back-to-school readiness or graduation.

My Review:
This is such a perfect first day of school book. I would say it is ideal for grades Kindergarten-2nd grade. Each page shows another part of a normal school day. The students show their teacher where her desk is, where to put her lunch, etc. As a Kindergarten teacher, I can admit that I have just as many butterflies as the students on the first day of school. This story shows students that even teachers need help sometimes. The illustrations are whimsical and so fun. They walk students through all the things that they will learn over the year. Holiday Programs, The 100th Day of School, and Field Day. Every aspect of this book brought a smile to my face and warmed my heart. I highly recommend this story as a night before school book, or a first day story. (It also makes a perfect teacher gift).
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Clark the Shark By Bruce Hale

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Back of Book:
Clark the Shark is a great read-aloud picture book, with fun rhythm and rhyme, from the ever-popular Bruce Hale and Guy Francis.
Clark is a shark with zing, bang, and BOOM. Clark zooms into school, crashes through the classroom, and is rowdy at recess. Clark loves life—but when his enthusiasm is too much for his friends, Clark’s teacher, Mrs. Ink ydink, helps him figure out a way to tone it down.
My Review:
Clark the Shark is a great story to integrate during the first week of school. All children must be taught to have indoor voices and how to find the balance of being excited, and not hurting others. I loved the examples of how Clark turned everything into a rhyme so he could remember them important things in school. I used this story as an example to my students that there is a time and a place for everything. This is such a fun story and a must read for shark week and back to school.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

 

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School’s First Day of School By Adam Rex.

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Back of Book: It’s the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone’s just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself. What will the children do once they come? Will they like the school? Will they be nice to him?

The school has a rough start, but as the day goes on, he soon recovers when he sees that he’s not the only one going through first-day jitters.

My Review:

It is amazing to me how fast summer is going. It feels like yesterday I was packing up my classroom. For those of you who are getting ready to go back to school here is a book to add to your first week of school reading list. The thing I love about this story is its uniqueness. Every teacher I know has their favorite back to school lists. This is the only book that I have ever seen that talks about the school building. I loved that the school talks about each aspect of the building. I would add this story to any back to school list.

Ages 5 and up

40 Pages

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A Letter to my Teacher By Deborah Hopkinson

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Back of Book:

This funny, touching picture book –the perfect gift for a child to give to his/her own teacher– celebrates the difference a good teacher can make. Written as a thank-you note to a special teacher from the student who never forgot her, this moving story makes a great read-aloud and a perfect gift for Teacher Appreciation Day or the end of the school year.

My Review:

I heard about this story and knew I had to read it. All I can truly say is WOW! This book perfectly portrays a teacher’s main goal, to be remembered. This is not a story for students but for a teacher. I have been a Kindergarten teacher for the last two years. I have had many of the moments that are discussed in this book. As a teacher every year you get one student who acts just like the girl in the story. Those are the students who can drive a teacher nuts, but they love them anyways. I cried reading this book because my hope as a teacher is to inspire students to do more and be more then they imagined. I believe this book is a perfect end of year gift for a teacher. If you are a teacher, read it and remember that the child who is the hardest to love, gives the greatest reward.

Ages 6 and up

32 Pages.

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The Last Day of Kindergarten By Nancy Loewen

 

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Back of Book:

Today is the last day of kindergarten. I wish it were the FIRST. Then I’d meet Mrs. Popinski all over again. A little girl is sad that kindergarten is coming to an end. She wishes it were the first day again, when everything was exciting and new and there was such a fun year ahead. But then she realizes that graduating is exciting, too, and maybe first grade won’t be so bad, after all!

My Review:

I read this sweet story to my Kinders on our last day of school. They loved following the main character as she talks about all her favorite memories. I love the illustrations and think they bring added sweetness to the text.  In my opinion, this is a must to end every Kindergarten year.

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages

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Ferocious Fluffity: A Mighty Bite-y Class Pet By Erica S. Perl

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Back of Book:

Mr. Drake’s second grade class has a new class pet. Fluffity appears to be a cute and docile hamster—but the kids soon discover that she is not the cuddly pet they expected. From the moment her cage door opens, Fluffity becomes FEROCIOUS—biting and chasing everyone down the hall and into the library! Will the class be able to tame this beast and bring peace back to their school?

My Review: This is a fun read aloud to share in the classroom. It is a great reminder story to read before a class gets a class pet. My student’s loved the engaging illustrations and fun faces that Fluffy would make. The text is a in a fun rhyming pattern, that makes it easy for readers to follow along. As a teacher, I am always looking for engaging stories that also teach a lesson. After reading this story, my class discussed the importance of properly taking care of animals. I truly enjoyed this story.

Ages 5 and up

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If You Take a Mouse to School By Laura Numeroff

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 Back of Book: If you take a mouse to school, he’ll ask you for your lunch box. When you give him your lunch box, he’ll want a sandwich to go in it. Then he’ll need a notebook and some pencils. He’ll probably want to share your backpack, too

My Review:  If you take a mouse to school is a fun quick read aloud that prepares students for the first day of school. It is written with the same pattern as the book if you give a mouse a cookie. Each page discusses a different and fun activity that the mouse becomes involved in. The illustrations are fun, colorful, and very engaging. This is a perfect book for preschoolers and kindergarten students on the first day of school. I will be reading this book to my students on Monday.

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages

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Kindergarten Rocks! By Katie Davis

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Back of Book: Dexter already knows everything there is to know about kindergarten. His big sister, Jessie, told him all about it. So Dexter is not scared. Not even a little bit. But his stuffed dog, Rufus, is scared. Actually, he’s terrified. But Dexter–er, Rufus–has nothing to fear: As he’ll soon find out, kindergarten rocks!

My Review: I start teaching my second year of Kindergarten on Monday and I’m super excited and tired! One of my favorite books to read in the first week is Kindergarten Rocks. Dexter is preparing for Kindergarten and is just a bit nervous. The story gives examples of what students will learn in Kindergarten as well as what they will do.  I love that the story discusses things like making art writing letters, and looking at books. It gives very specific examples that students can look forward to. The illustrations are unique in that they have word bubbles to show whose talking. I have never seen this in a picture book before.  The ending is fun and shows students and parents how amazing Kindergarten can be.

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages