Butterflies on the First Day of School by Annie Silvestro; illustrated by Dream Chen

51SJmJSGB4L._SX389_BO1,204,203,200_Butterflies on the First Day of School by Annie Silvestro; illustrated by Dream Chen. 2019. Published by Sterling Children’s Books.

Brief summary: Rosie excitedly prepares for the first day of school. When the day arrives, she has a stomachache and tells her parents that maybe she should stay home. “”You must have butterflies in your belly,” said her mother, hugging her tight”. The bus pulls up and Rosie sits next to a girl named Violet. A butterfly comes out of Rosie’s mouth as they make friends. As Rosie goes through her day and keeps getting a random bellyache,  butterflies comes out when she shares or plays.

At recess, Rosie kindly goes over to Isabella who is rubbing her stomach now and asks if the girl would like to play. A few butterflies come out of  Isabella’s mouth. Upon coming home, Rosie shares her first day with her mother and a last butterfly flies from her mother this time.

Comments: End pages have large flowers in the front and large butterflies in the back. I always love when the ends are decorated with anything but those stark white pages.

I would share this with an anxious first day student in primary school. Great book for a school counselor to have on hand too.

The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes and Vanessa Brantley-Newton

The King of KindergartenThe King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes and Vanessa Brantley-Newton. 2019. Hand drawn; colored using Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter. Published by Nancy Paulsen Books.

Brief summary: It is the first day of kindergarten for a young boy. He brushes his teeth, dresses himself, and eats breakfast with his family. He is ready to be the king of kindergarten as his carriage arrives to take him to the fortress. He meets his teacher and finds his own seat while getting to know new friends.  He learns and plays with imagination throughout the day and can’t wait to go back the next day.

Comments: Royalty jargon and analogies throughout the book. This is a positive story to build a child’s self-esteem a bit before going to the first day.

The illustration are with bright colors and with happy faces. There are many two-paged layouts.

It may be necessary to remind the young reader(s)  that there are other kings and queens attending kindergarten class that day too.

Second Grade Holdout by Audrey Vernick

Second Grade Holdout

Second Grade Holdout by Audrey Vernick; illustrated by Matthew Cordell. 2017. Pen and ink with watercolor. Published by Clarion Books.

Brief summary: A boy going into second grade remembers all of the wonderful things he did and accomplished in first grade. He worries that second grade will have difficult tasks, and he may not be the good student his dad wants him to be.  He decides he’ll just stay in Ms. Morgan’s first grade class and comes up with all the reasons why that will be a good idea. He agonizes about going to second grade after hearing that second grade is much harder than first grade.  After realizing that his best friend’s sisters are kidding about what second grade is like, he and his buddy go to school.

Comments: Students will find the boy’s reasons of not going to second grade humorous.  I like how he is able to figure out that his best friend’s older sisters are kidding and teasing them about being worried about going into second grade. They actually help him realize that it is going to be okay knowing that not all of the rumors are not true about second grade.

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Tinyville Town: Time for School! by Brian Biggs

Tinyville Town Time for school

Tinyville Town: Time for School! by Brian Biggs; illustrated Brian Bigss. 2017. Colored pencil and India ink, colored in Photoshop. Published by Abrams Appleseed.

Brief summary: It is the first day of school in Tinyville Town and everyone in the community gets ready. Students arrive to school and are helped to find their new classroom. The entire day from beginning and to ending is shared with readers when students get to know each other in the classroom to lunch to recess to going home.

Comments: I like how this book goes through the entire first day of school including the preparation before school begins. All of the various community helpers in the community are involved.

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How to Get Your Teacher Ready by Jean Reagan

How to get your teacher ready

How to Get Your Teacher Ready by Jean Reagan; illustrated by Lee Wildish. 2017. Published by Alfred A. Knopf.

Brief summary: The children give advice and suggestions of how their teacher can succeed throughout the school year from the first day of school, 100th day, to saying goodbye at the end of the year. This funny role reversal story will delight readers as they relate to all of the school events that occur  in a year.

Comments: This is the latest of the How to series by Jean Reagan. I love the exaggerated whimsical big head illustrations.

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Twindergarten by Nikki Ehrlich

Twindergarten

Twindergarten by Nikki Ehrlich; illustrated by Zoey Abbott. 2017. Colored pencils. Published by Harper.

Brief summary: Twins Dax and Zoe do everything together. The night before school has them wondering what it will be like to be in different kindergarten rooms. Dax is a bit worried but changes his mind when they arrive to the school building and sees his new teacher. Zoe is now not so sure until she notices another girl with her exact backpack and makes friends with her. Both twins do several activities with new  friends and enjoy their mornings. The two siblings meet and play together at recess. Dax slips something into Zoe’s pocket before going back inside that lets her know he has not forgotten her.

Comments: This would be a super book to read on the first day of school if you are a teacher with one of the twins in your class and equally good if you are a parent with twins going in separate classrooms.  Making friends is easier for some students.   Students also could relate if they are in a different class from a close friend.  They may be comforted to know that they could also make new friends.

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A New School Year: Stories in Six Voices by Sally Derby

A New School Year

A New School Year: Stories in Six Voices by Sally Derby; illustrated by Mika Song. 2017. Watercolor and sumi ink with brush on Saunders Waterford watercolor paper. Published by Charlesbridge.

Brief summary: This book of free verse poetry is divided into four sections of the first day of school: The Night Before, In the Morning, At School, and After School. The six voices are poetry by elementary students in K-5 grades.  There are twenty-four poems all together.

Comments: This book would be great to read on the first day of school so students would see that other children are feeling the same way they are on that important day. The different perspectives could be enlightening for young readers. The teacher could decide to read all of the poems throughout the day or just go through and read in one sharing the ones matching his/her grade level. This also could be used to have students share their feelings about the first day of school.

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School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex

School's First Day of School by Adam Rex

School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex; illustrated by Christian Robinson. 2016. Acrylic paint & collage techniques.

Brief summary: School is built one day and named Frederick Douglas Elementary.  Janitor is cleaning him and shares that teachers and children will fill him soon. School learns about the children on the first day of school and what they do inside of him. At the end of the day, School tells Janitor that the whole time before he thought of himself as the Janitor’s house. Janitor explains that the children will be visiting all school year.

Comments: Cute story to read during the first day of school. I would also read this during a personification or perspective unit of study.