It’s hard to believe that it’s back to school time already. Some of you are already in your new routine, others are gearing up for the first day of school in the next week or so. I received a few great back to school books for the little ones. Take a look at these new titles:
Al Yankovic has a book, “My New Teacher and Me.” illustrations by Wes Hargis. This book is a wonderful, rhyming tale about a boy who tells wild tales to his new teacher, Mr. Booth, at school. His teacher doesn’t believe him one bit. The stories get crazier and crazier — from a two-headed cow to blueberry muffins growing on trees.
But, the lesson here is great: when the teacher tells the boy to stop talking nonsense the boy says, “Well, sir, you know … just ’cause you don’t believe doesn’t mean it’s not so!” He continues, “I’ll be every great thinker and leader we’ve got could see all kinds of things other people could not!” Just a wonderful story of courage, sticking up for what you believe, and the importance of not only an imagination, but accepting people who are different. Definitely a keeper book. Who knew Wierd Al had this in him?
“Charlie Goes to School,” is the third addition to Ree Drummond’s Charlie the ranch dog books. This is the book I have been anticipating this summer. Diane deGroat illustrates again and perfectly captures Charlie on the ranch. Charlie’s family home schools so this book shows a different way of schooling which I think is great for all children to see.
Charlie gets inspired by seeing the kids studying that he starts his own school: a school for the other ranch animals. As usual, this Charlie book is sweet and shows a different way of life that children adore.
It goes like this:
“After C comes D and E, right? Those would be Dinosaurs carrying —
4 dinasaurs carrying
5 eggs. Followed by
6 toads … and …
You mean FROGS!
… 7 hungry Geese eating those 8 Hot dogs and 9 Ice-cream cones.”
This is done with colorful and humorous illustrations.
“First Day of School,” by Anne Rockwell, pictures by Lizzy Rockwell. This is a book done by the same author/illustrator of one of my favorite books, Thanksgiving Day. First Day of School tells the story of a little boy getting ready for his first day of school.
It takes the reader through all the things that normally happen: haircut, picking out a new backback, getting new clothes, making lunch, and meeting new friends. It would be a great book to read to little ones every year just before school starts.