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Way Back Wednesday – First Day of School

Today is our daughter’s first day of middle school, and the message of The Dot seemed the perfect way to start the year. Looking forward to a great one!

The Dot is perhaps my favorite picture book of all time. The Dot introduces us to Vashti a little girl who is not very eager […]

The Word Collector – Peter H. Reynolds

School begins this week for our daughter, and this book has a perfect message for the start of a new school year!

Our family’s all time favorite children’s book author is Peter H. Reynolds! His newest book is a treasure. The Word Collector reminds young and old readers alike of the power of words and […]

Favorite First Day of School Book!

This post is a flash from the past.  It was originally published in 2011.

The Kissing Hand is an old favorite to read at the start of the school year.  Little Chester Raccoon is hesitant to leave his mother’s side and go to school.  She assures him that he will love school once he is […]

Favorite 1st Day of School Book!

This post is a flash from the past.  It was originally published in 2011.

The Kissing Hand is an old favorite to read at the start of the school year.  Little Chester Raccoon is hesitant to leave his mother’s side and go to school.  She assures him that he will love school once he is […]

How I Spent My Summer Vacation – Mark Teague

When I was a sixth grade language arts teacher, How I Spent My Summer Vacation was one of my favorite books to use at the beginning of the school year with my students. This book does a terrific job of introducing young writers to the idea of employing imagination into their writing. Fun and enjoyable […]

First Day Jitters – Julie Danneberg

In honor of our daughter’s first day of third grade….

First Day Jitters is a favorite from my days in the classroom. I love that the young lady who is suffering from first day jitters is a new teacher. This reality does not come to light until about half way thru the book, and it […]

Way Back Wednesday ~ The Kissing Hand – Audrey Penn

This post is a flash from the past. It was originally published in 2011.

The Kissing Hand is an old favorite to read at the start of the school year. Little Chester Raccoon is hesitant to leave his mother’s side and go to school. She assures him that he will love school once he is […]

If You Take a Mouse to School – Laura Numeroff

If You Take a Mouse to School is a fun read aloud for the beginning of the school year. Although it does not follow the cyclical pattern of Numeroff’s previous works, it is still an entertaining and engaging read. The bright, colorful pictures are a delight. Be sure to pay attention to all of the […]

Annabelle Swift, Kindergartner – Amy Schwartz

Annabelle Swift, Kindergartener is a beginning of the school year classic, and we have been reading and re-reading it at our home the last couple of weeks! Annabelle’s older sister Lucy attempts to prepare Annabelle for the first days of kindergarten, yet her advice proves less than helpful. Ultimately, Annabelle’s own mathematical skills serve her […]

Mommy in My Pocket – Carol Hunt Senderak

Mommy in My Pocket is a wonderfully sweet back to school tale which is tremendously reassuring. A little girl who is feeling a bit concerned about leaving Mommy and going to school imagines what it might be like if she could wish on a falling star and have her Mommy become pocket-sized in order to […]