Back to School 2015

School starts Monday!!!  During the last week, the library received several picture books about school.  Below are my favorites.

Aligator to School

If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, DON’T! by Elise Parsley – A hilarious account of what not to bring for show and tell.

Mrs Benson's Chalkboard
I Will Never Get a Star on Mrs. Benson’s Blackboard by Jennifer K. Mann – The perfect book for a child who doesn’t conform to teacher expectations; with a happy resolution for everyone.

Maple and Willow Apart
Maple & Willow Apart by Lori Nichols – Perfect for the heart-broken child when their older sibling goes to school for the first time.

Ally-Saurus & the First Day of School by Richard Torrey – A great tale about a girl who marches to the beat of her own drummer; and meets other creative, unique friends at school.

First Grade Dropout
First Grade Dropout by Audrey Vernick and illustrated by Matthew Cordell – An important book about how one feels when they are laughed at.

Birdies First Day of School
Birdies First Day of School by Sujean Rim – A sweet tale for the child who is reluctant to start school.

Goose Goes to School
Goose Goes To School by Laura Wall – Playful goose follows Sophie to school.  Readers will enjoy spotting goose in various scenes throughout the book.

New Picture Books to Read When ML Returns From the Beach

It’s the end of the fiscal year for the library, which means great books are arriving everyday.  And ML’s not here.  These are the new picture books I’ll have at home for us to read when she returns.

Perfect Place For Ted

A Perfect Place For Ted by Leila Rudge – “A little dog named Ted sets out to find his perfect place, but no matter where he goes, he doesn’t stand out.  Will anyone ever notice Ted?”  Sometimes the perfect place isn’t where you expect.  ML is certain to giggle at the end of this book.

Pardon Me

Pardon Me! by Daniel Miyares –  “A bird tries to keep his spot to himself only to discover that spot is not safe.”  I made every coworker read this karmic book.  All loved it, and one even snorted. I already know what ML’s reaction will be on the last page… a grin and a snicker.

Big Bad Baby

Big Bad Baby by Bruce Hale and illustrated by Steve Breen – “When sweet little Sammy turns into Big Bad Baby, nothing can stop his misbehavior — or that of his evil hench-dog, Boris — except perhaps, his mother, armed with his favorite blue blanky.”  I chuckled throughout this Godzillaish story.  I bet you a penny ML will howl the whole time.

Edgars Second Word

Edgar’s Second Word by Audrey Vernick and illustrated by Priscilla Burris – “After waiting for her baby brother to arrive, and then waiting for him to learn to talk, Hazel is disappointed in his first word.”  Finally, at the end he says a second and third word.  Hazel likes the second word; and loves the third word.

Sleep Tight Anna Banana

Sleep Tight, Anna Banana! by Dominique Roques, illustrated by Alexis Dormal and translated by Mark Siegel-  “Tyrannically subjecting her long-suffering stuffed animals to delays and excuses when she does not want to settle down for the night, a lively Anna Banana finally becomes sleepy only to be given a taste of her own medicine.”  This book was originally published in France with the title Ana Ana: Douce nuit.  When ML learns French children play with their stuffed animals at bedtime also, she will think she is tres chic.  As for me, I’m dying to see the French version to find out what Boing! Boing! Boing! is in French.


Green Is a Chile Pepper by Roseanne Greenfield Thong and illustrated by John Parra – “In this lively picture book, children discover a world of colors all around them: red is spices and swirling skirts, yellow is masa, tortillas and sweet corn cake.”  A smattering of Spanish words are intermixed in the text.  I knew almost all the Spanish words for each of the colors except purple.  Looking forward to seeing which words ML knows.

Oliver and His Egg

Oliver and His Egg by Paul Schmid – “Oliver spots an egg on the playground.  But it’s not just any rock – he’s sure it’s a dinosaur egg.”  My imaginitive, rock loving daughter will relate to this one.

How To Cheer Up Dad

How To Cheer Up Dad by Fred Koehler – After two straight weeks with her dad, I think ML will find this especially funny.  “A young elephant sees his dad is in a bad mood and tries to cheer him up, not realizing his own mischief caused the bad mood in the first place.”  I’m excited to discover this author/illustrator; and even more excited another Jumbo book is coming in 2015.  Look at Jumbo’s face on the cover, who could resist reading books about him.

ML’s first night back will be a eight book night.