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Fun New Kids Picture Books for the Pre-K and Kindergarten Classroom

Dr. Anna C. Iacovetta | The Children’s Book Review | October 1, 2018

The crunch of the leaves below our feet and the crisp air biting our noses only means one thing . . . Fall is upon us and school is back in session.  Teachers and students alike are excited to start a new school year!  Below are some new school-themed children’s books that would make for great additions to any classroom library!

Maes First Day of SchoolMae’s First Day of School

Written & Illustrated by Kate Berube

Little Mae is definitely not excited to start school and hides in a nearby tree.  It isn’t until she befriends Rosie and Ms. Pearl that she discovers she is not alone and that no matter the age, everyone has the first day jitters.  A great story to teach about positive thinking and friendship.

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Ages 3-7 | Publisher: Harry N. Abrams | 2018 | ISBN: 978-1419723254

The 12 Days of PreschoolThe 12 Days of Preschool

Written by Jenna Lettice

Illustrated by Colleen Madden

A fun counting book that incorporates a day in the life of a preschooler.  Each page keeps track as the reader counts “9 cots for sleeping, 6 swings for swinging, 4 finger paints, etc.”  It is even complete with stickers for your little one to add to the appropriate pages.  A book that will get preschoolers interacting, for sure!

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Ages 3-7 | Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers | 2018 | ISBN: 978-1524766603

The Little I Who Lost his DotThe Little I Who Lost his Dot

Written by Kimberlee Gard

Illustrated by Sandie Sonke

Little i is ready for school until his friends point out that he is missing his dot!  The letters join forces and search everywhere as they go through the entire alphabet.   After eventually finding his dot, his father tells him he is old enough to start his own sentences now as a capital letter! The colorful pictures and text flow well with this creative story to teach capitalization.  Great for primary classrooms!

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Ages 4-8 | Publisher: Familius | 2018 | ISBN: 978-1641700160

More back-to-school books include:

Click, Clack, Quack to School!
By Doreen Cronin   Illustrated by Betsy Lewin
Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, 2018

The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School
By Deborah Diesen   Illustrated by Dan Hanna
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018

It’s Show and Tell, Dexter!
Written by Lindsay Ward
Two Lions, 2018

Bomba, the Brave
By Denise Dufala   Illustrated by Kimberly Soderberg
Halo Publishing International, 2018

Punctuation for President
By Lynn Rowe Reed
Plaid People Press, 2018

Header image illustration from ‘Mae’s First Day of School’ (Harry N. Abrams, 2018), written and illustrated by Kate Berube.

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Dr. Anna Iacovetta, classroom teacher who taught every grade, K-12 together with undergraduate students. Her passionate interest in children's literature led her to earn a doctorate in Literature for Children and Young Adults from The Ohio State University. Anna is currently a part-time professor and book reviewer who resides in Cleveland, Ohio where she lives with her husband and two young children. Twitter: LiteraryGal82

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