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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

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Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School By Herman Parish

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Back of Book: Amelia Bedelia is sure that she will absolutely love school—after all, what’s not to love? But after hopping on the bus “just like a bunny” (hurry up, sweetie!), confusing her name tag with a game (we are not playing tag), and gluing herself to her seat (oh, dear), Amelia Bedelia discovers that what she takes for granted is not always the way the world works. Still, friendships are formed, lessons are learned, and projects are completed, and through it all Amelia Bedelia’s teacher, Mrs. Edwards, offers gentle guidance and an open heart.

My Review: I am a huge fan of the original Amelia Bedelia stories so when I saw that there was a new version I knew I had to read them. This is a fun first day of school book to read with your students. Amelia Bedelia gets several things mixed up and her silly antics will make nervous students feel better about making mistakes. The illustrations in this text are fun and keep children engaged.

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages

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How Will I Get to School This Year? By Jerry Pallotta

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Back of Book:  Embarrassed by getting dropped off at school by mom or dad? School bus more trouble than it’s worth? If you could choose, how would you get to school?

My Review:  This is a fun read aloud story that allows children to use their imagination with the different ways they could get to school. The girl in the story describes everything from jumping frogs, slow turtles, roaring lions or riding an elephant.  Each page is filled with a new and exciting animal. This is one of those stories that you can include questions to make it intriguing. Asking the students what animals they would like to ride on or which animals they think the girl shouldn’t have had. I like that this book has possibilities. This can even be turned into a great topic for a writing assignment.

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages

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Too Much Glue By Jason Lefebvre

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Back of Book:  Although Matty’s art teacher has warned him that too much glue never dries, Matty loves glue. After all, he and his dad make oodles of glue projects at home. One day during art class, Matty finds the fullest bottles of glue, and the fun begins. With a squeeze and a plop, Matty pours a lake of glue before belly-flopping right in the middle and finds himself stuck to the desk.

My Review:  Every teacher can relate to this fun and engaging story about a boy who gets a bit to excited about glue! We have all had that child in class who instead of a dot of glue uses half the bottle for one piece of a project. I am looking forward to reading this story to my students before we have art class this year. The illustrations in this book are fun and keep children interested in what Matty is going to do to get out of the glue. The ending is sweet and shows kids that it can be okay to get messy sometimes.

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages

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Peanut Butter and Homework Sandwiches By Lisa Broadie Cook

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Back of book: Martin MacGregor is having one rotten week! First, his substitute teacher, Mrs. Payne, gives out mountains of homework. And when Martin’s dog literally eats his homework, little does he know it’s only the beginning of his troubles. Martin’s homework ends up in the washing machine, goes to preschool with his little sister, and blows onto the roof of the school. Martin just can’t catch a break! But with some creativity and a positive attitude, Martin finds his own way to turn homework into fun-and turn it in on time!

My Review: All children dislike homework and come up with many excuses as to why they can’t do it or lost it. Every teacher has a student who is like Martin and somehow cannot seem to locate his or her homework every day. I think this book has a very valuable lesson hidden in it which is to allow students to have more freedom to research things they love. I found this book to actuality line up with the idea of project based learning. Overall an excellent story with a fun ending that will keep children engaged.

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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books! by Lucille Colandro

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Back of book: There was an old lady who’s ready for school! That lovely old lady has returned just in time for the first day of school. Now she’s swallowing items to make the very best of her first day back. And just in time for the bus…

My Review: I bought this book last year on a recommendation. I read it to my class and they adored it. I quickly have looked for the rest of the series.  This book goes through all the things needed for a new school year.  In this story she swallows some books, a pen, a pencil case, a ruler, folder, chalk, and a bag. I would read each page and then ask my students what they thought the old lady would swallow next? They loved the guessing game and it keeps them intrigued in the story. The rhyming is fun and the ending makes the children laugh. Overall a great book to start school with.

Ages 5 ages and up

32 pages.

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First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg

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Back of book: Everyone knows that sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach just before diving into a new situation. Sarah Jane Hartwell is scared and doesn’t want to start over at a new school. She doesn’t know anybody, and nobody knows her. It will be awful. She just knows it. With much prodding from Mr. Hartwell, Sarah Jane reluctantly pulls herself together and goes to school. She is quickly befriended by Mrs. Burton, who helps smooth her jittery transition.

My Review: I still have three weeks until school starts but for some teachers the first day of school is school is the first week of August. First Day Jitters is a fun story about Sarah who does not want to go to the first day of school. She is nervous and wants to stay in bed and hide. I love reading this story to kids on the first day because it shows them that teachers can get as nervous as students sometimes.

Ages 5 and up

30 pages.