Great Books

Picture Book of the Day

The Little Little Girl with the Big Big Voice
by Kristen Balouch (Author, Illustrator)

Booktalk: One loud little girl is on the hunt for a friend. She searches the jungle high and low, but her BIG voice scares all the animals away! Now what?

Snippet:
There was a little, little girl…
with a big, big voice.

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Chapter Book of the Day

It’s the First Day of School…Forever!
by R.L. Stine (Author)
192 pages

Booktalk: On the first day of school, Artie falls out of his bed and hits his head. Hard. He tells his mom he’s dizzy and she says:

“You’re just worried about your first day in a new school.”

On the second day of school, Artie falls out of bed and hits his head. Hard. He tells his mom he’s dizzy and she says:

“You’re just worried about your first day in a new school.”

Huh? Today is just like the day before. Can Artie find a way to change it, before it’s the first day of school…forever?

Snippet: I was so happy to get out of that basement. I ran all the way back to Ms. McVie’s class, holding heavy textbooks in my arms.

The rest of the morning, I kept thinking about Mr. Blister and everything I had seen down there. It was all strange and frightening–not like a normal school basement.

BONUS! See the video!

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5 Great Books About School

Miss Mingo and the First Day of School
by Jamie Harper (Author, Illustrator)
Miss Mingo has all kinds of students in her new class. Picture book

Pencil Talk
by Anastasia Suen (Author) and Susie Lee Jin (Illustrator)
These easy reader poems about school are also available in Spanish.

Pinkalicious: School Rules!
by Victoria Kann (Author, Illustrator)
Pinkalicious brings her imaginary unicorn friend to school. Level 1 easy reader

Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes
by Eric Litwin (Author) and James Dean (Illustrator)
Pete the Cat is rocking in his school shoes…all round the school. Picture book

Wow! School!
by Robert Neubecker (Author, Illustrator)
It’s Izzy’s first day of school. Picture book

BONUS! See the Pete the Cat’s video!

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