What an amazing summer we had! Thank you to everyone who participated in our summer reading program. It's hard to believe that the first day of school for many students is almost here. We are constantly replenishing our "first day of school" book display, so I know that many patrons are looking for fantastic books to help ease the transition into the school routine. Here are a few personal favorites:
Dinosaur vs. School finds Bob Shea's little dinosaur in a strange situation: school! Dinosaur does his usual impressive roaring and destruction, but eventually (as always) learns to correct way to behave.
Follow the Line to School is a creative and super-fun look at the many awesome places in school; readers and listeners follow the line through the classroom, the art room, the library, the cafeteria, and more. Lots of interactive opportunities make this a great choice for one-on-one reading.
Riding the school bus is a *huge* deal, which is why I always pull out School Bus for my "first day of school" display (I also use it in my transportation story time for toddlers, because they are definitely fascinated by school buses!). Like most Donald Crews picture books, text is very minimal, which makes this a great introduction to talking about riding the school bus.
If you have first-day-of-school veterans in your family, books that explore how children go to school in other countries would be perfect for kicking off the new school year:
Imagine that you have to build your own school on the first day of school. That is the reality for the children in Rain School. Author and illustrator James Rumford based this story on his experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer in Chad. This is a marvelous read aloud about children who are eager to learn in very trying circumstances.
School Days Around the World is an excellent look at the daily lives of schoolchildren in various countries, and perfect for independent readers.
A School Like Mine introduces readers to actual schoolchildren around the world; some live in middle-class surroundings, while others face daunting barriers to their education.
Best wishes for a great school year!
Jennifer Schultz, Youth Services Librarian, Fauquier County Public Library