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A new school year begins

A new school year begins

by Jennifer Minicus | September 12, 2016

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The Class by Boni Ashburn, illustrated by Kimberly Gee

Publisher:  Beach Lane Books

 

Ideal for kindergarten students, this book presents a hectic first day of school in rhyming couplets. Children of every background and temperament rise and go through the ritual of getting ready for school. While some are excited to begin the academic year, others are reluctant, scared or simply resentful.  Two nearly miss their bus. In the end, all are happy to meet their teacher and classmates. Every young reader will find a character with which to identify amidst the lively illustrations

School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex, illustrated by Christian Robinson

Publisher:  Roaring Brook Press

Nearly everyone has butterflies on the first day of school. In this colorful picture book, the reader experiences the opening of the academic year from the point of view of the school itself.

Recently built, Frederick Douglas Elementary is nervous about all the children who will soon fill him to the brim. He is accustomed to spending his time quietly with just the janitor. He soon discovers that every child is different – and some of them need time to learn to love him as well. Fire alarms and mishaps in the lunch room leave the school tired, but looking forward to the next day.

Christian Robinson’s illustrations portray life at school in detail.  Classrooms, buses, playgrounds – every aspect of the school day comes to life. Readers should be especially attentive to the school’s “facial” expressions.

A former teacher, Jennifer Minicus is currently a full-time wife and mother.

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