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.

AllySaurus
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.

Maple

Maple

On the way to work recently, I noticed pink flowers on the trees along my commute.  The red buds are blooming.  Last year we planted one at our new house.  The plan was to take a picture of ML in front of it each year.  Didn’t happen yet.  But it appears the trees has survived this very cold, bizarre winter.  As soon as it’s full of leaves, I’ll snap the picture.

Maple by Lori  Nichols is a recent addition to the library collection.  It’s a unique book highlighting the changing seasons and the experience of having a new sibling.  Before Maple is born, her parents plant a tree.  A maple of course.  Throughout Maple’s childhood, the tree is a companion to her.  When she’s sent outside for being too noisy, the tree doesn’t care.

One day a small tree begins growing next to Maple’s tree.  Then, a bigger surprise.  Her mom’s stomach is getting bigger.  Soon, a baby sister is brought home from the hospital.  Maple works hard to be a helpful big sister.  When the baby gets too noisy, she takes it outside under the maple tree.  Next to it a small willow is beginning to grow.  I am sure you can guess Maple’s sister’s name.

I’ve only given the most basic of descriptions about this book.  It’s so much more.  A story of nature, companionship and love.