July 24, 2023

5 picture books to kick off the school year

Whether you’re a child or a parent, that first day of the school year is always monumental, for better or worse. These books help transform those jitters into joy.
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Yenebi’s Drive to School

Author-illustrator Sendy Santamaria seamlessly weaves Spanish phrases and dialogue into her crisp text and adds to Yenebi’s Drive to School’s multisensory celebration with art that
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On the Night Before Kindergarten

Young readers will love watching kitten Milo’s parents fret incessantly about his dreams while Milo goes on to enjoy a fantastic first day in On
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How to Get Your Octopus to School

How to Get Your Octopus to School cleverly addresses school hesitancy by making an octopus the student whose young female human owner is in charge
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Giant-Sized Butterflies on My First Day of School

With its reassuring text and cheerful illustrations, Giant-Sized Butterflies on My First Day of School provides a simple yet powerful message about harnessing one’s fears.
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Bitsy Bat, School Star

Every young reader, autistic or not, will likely identify with many of the feelings portrayed in Bitsy Bat, School Star, and its resourceful protagonist soon
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