Happy Sunday! I am starting back up the children’s book review series with Fran Hawk. Today Fran discusses books about kids and school which is perfect timing since school starts back in less than a month!
“Take a Kiss to School” by Angela McAllister. Reassuring.
“Spider School” by Francesca Simon. Gently scary.
The subject of school is endlessly interesting to children. Authors for children are endlessly creative. That combination makes for a burgeoning genre of books about school.
Most books focus on the child who goes to school. What about the child who is left behind? “Maple and Willow Apart” by Lori Nichols is the third book in the delightful “Willow” series. Each of the books explores aspects of siblings and sisterhood for children ages 3 to 5. In this story, Maple is starting big-girl school. She comes home each day from kindergarten bursting with stories about her exciting class.
Willow is playing alone at home for the first time in her life. She misses her sister and invents an interesting way to compensate for her absence. The sisters find a sweet middle ground that brings them close together again-especially on weekends.
Getting to school will be a special challenge for the child who dawdles. “Dilly Dally Daisy” by Mark Fearing is exactly the right book for children who are easily distracted from the immediate task at hand. Daisy knows that it’s important to be on time for the school bus. But she can’t brush her hair because she’s been using her hair brush as a paint brush. She decides to cover her hair with a hat, but it takes time to choose the absolute best hat. And she must move her stuffed animals to the window sill so that they can see her departure. Daisy is a cautionary tale. A hilarious cautionary tale.
When you’re looking for books about school for children, I can almost guarantee that you’ll find the right book for the right child at the right time.
Big thanks to Fran!! Can’t wait to order a few of these books for Sterling!