Books by Theme
Change is in the air. Days are getting shorter; schools are opening and there are new starts everywhere. Some kids can't wait to start school, others have the heebie-jeebies; some take unusual critters or even a parent to school. Regardless, you're sure to enjoy these books beyond the first days of school!
Ally-saurus and the First Day of School
Ally, a great dinosaur aficionado, has first day jitters — but then so do the other imaginative kids in kindergarten. They come together and learn they actually have a great deal in common, including ways to create new adventures.
Birdie's First Day of School
Fashion conscious Birdie has heard lots of negative things about school and so is quite nervous about her first day. But while she still misses her mom and Monster, her dog, she is thrilled to find that school is actually quite wonderful.
For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai's Story
A straightforward, illustrated narration tells the story of the brave Pakistani girl who fought for girls' rights to an education. Malala's efforts advocating for the right to learn is presented in this accessible, readable, and brief book.
How to Read a Story
Step by step instructions on how the read — and enjoy — a book are presented in lively illustrations and an encouraging narrative. A messy-coifed boy and his dog show the process all the way to THE END, and "if it was a really good story … start all over again."
I Will Never Get a Star on Mrs. Benson's Blackboard
The narrator is convinced she'll never get a star next to her name. She's not particularly good at anything — that is, until her teacher, Mrs. Benson, discovers Rose's real talent is art. Almost childlike illustrations are the ideal complement to Rose's voice in this encouraging tale.
If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, DON'T!
Even though Magnolia assures her teacher that her large, green alligator won't be any trouble, together girl and reptile prove the opposite. Messy, mischievous Magnolia not only gets her name on the board but three checks beside it and a trip to the principal in this rollicking tale.
Maybelle Goes to School
Maybelle, a cockroach decked out with a pink bow, can't resist the temptation of a cake and so winds up at a school bake sale. How she escapes unharmed and rescues her flea friend make a very funny school story. Line illustrations add to the humor.
Running the Road to ABCs
Product description: Six island children are running at daybreak over the hills, through the fields, across the city square — to school! Never before has the love of learning (and learning together) been such a joyous time. Denise Lauture's buoyant, poetic text captures the happiness and youth of energetic children on the way to school; Reynold Ruffins perfectly illustrates the rich beauty of Haiti with the bright-colored vibrance of Haitian folk art. A great read-aloud book for the classroom.
What James Said
The narrator is angry at her friend, James, because of a simple misunderstanding. It all started when James told Aden who told Hunter and so on until it comes full circle; the narrator employs the dreaded silent treatment. All ends well in this satisfying and recognizable yarn.
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