As summer vacation draws to a close, reading about school may help children transition back into the school routines.
“The Little School Bus” by Margery Cuyler, Illustrated by Bob Kolar, 2014, Christy Ottaviano Books, ages 3-6.
Rumbling and clunking down the road, the school bus has the important job of getting the children to school safely. Whether it’s waiting at the corner or going ‘round the bend, this friendly school bus knows his work never ends. Brightly colored pictures and a bouncy rhyming pattern will entice young children to listen and read along.
“Dog Days of School” by Kelly DiPucchino, Illustrated by Brian Biggs, 2014, Hyperion Books, ages 4-7.
What happens when a boy doesn’t want to go to school so badly he wishes he could be a dog? Well, Charlie is about to find out, as he and his dog Norman trade places for a week. At first Charlie enjoys staying home, watching out the window, and playing fetch, while Norman rides the school bus, practiced his letters, and goes on a field trip. But Charlie soon learns that going to the groomer and digging in the garden are not actually all that much fun for a boy. This imaginative story will remind children that school definitely has its good points!
“Please, Louise” by Toni Morrison & Slade Morrison, Illustrate by Shadra Strickland, 2014, Simon & Schuster, 4-7.
Book lovers will enjoy this sweet rhyming story of a young girl who leaves the real world for a world of books in the library, where she can let her imagination soar. Toni Morrison, author of the novel “Beloved” and her son coauthored this touching book. Watercolor, pencil, and crayon illustrations depict the eagerness Louise feels as she makes her way through the rain to her favorite place.
“Frankly Frannie: Principal for the Day” by AJ Stern, Illustrations by Doreen Mulryan Marts, 2011, Grosset & Dunlap, 127 pages, ages 7-9.
Following in the line of other book characters like Ramona, Amber Brown, and Junie B. Jones, Frankly Miller is a precocious young girl whose sense of curiosity and adventure provide for zany antics. In this edition, Frannie wins the school essay contest and gets to be principal for a day. Watch out kids and teachers at Chester Elementary! Principal Frannie discovers that being principal means setting a good example, something that is easier said than done for young girl who likes to think out of the box.