Back-to-School Books

~posted by Ruth

Day-Crayons-QuitStill enjoying those sun-drenched August days–but the teacher in me knows that back-to-school is right around the corner.  With Molly and Jacob now in First Grade (Gulp!  I know!), there’s some excitement in the air about the return  to the classroom.   What better way to get in the mood than with a trio of funny, up-beat back-to-school books for the primary grades?

CrayonsThe Day the Crayons Quit by  Drew Daywait, illustrated by Oliver Jeffrey

This one is hot-off-the presses–and a keeper!  When you open your box of crayons, you expect to be able to color, not be surprised by a packet of letters from each crayon, proclaiming that they have had enough. No more coloring for them!  Their complaints are as varied as their, well, individual colors.  Black, for instance, is sick of only being used to outline.  Blue is worn down to a little stub by being overworked–all those oceans and blue skies!  And orange and yellow are feuding over which one is the true color of the sun.  I love the different personalities and voices of each crayon in the pack.  And Duncan’s ultimate solution. . .Of course, Oliver Jeffrey’s off-beat sense of humor comes through in each drawing.

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SkippySkippyjon Jones, Class Action by Judy Schachner

This little Siamese who wants to be a Chihuahua is one of our favorite characters.  His adventures and playful language always entice calls for “Read it again!”  This school-themed book is no exception.  In his closet land of make-believe, he attends school with a range of dogs–beagles, poodles, and of course, Chihuahuas!  Naturally, being Skippyjon Jones, he must also save the day.  A lot of fun as a family readaloud.

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PetePete the Cat:  Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean

Pete the Cat (from Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes) is back and this time he’s rockin’ his school shoes as he heads to school.  Each new page has some clues about where Pete is headed next in his school day and lets kids guess where that might be, then Pete sings about what he’s doing there – always in his school shoes.  The pictures are bright and fun, and the song is catchy and irresistible.  Not feeling musical enough to come up with your own tune?  Listen to author Eric Litwin sing the song with a bunch of kids!

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