The Pigeon Has to Go to School by Mo Willems

Just in time for back to school, Mo Willems has gifted us with a new book about our favorite grouchy bird, Pigeon!  Pigeon is set to start school–but he clearly isn’t quite ready.  His stance is typical Pigeon: “Why do I have to go to school?  I already know everything!”  But as his monologue continues, readers learn he is actually nervous, wondering just what will happen at school, and how he will fit in. As he ruminates, he also starts thinking about a community of friends and “maybe a playground?”  And best of all, how else will he travel to school.. .but. . .A BUS!

I imagine many kindergarten and first-grade teachers sharing this book on the first day of school to invite conversation about the start of school, and the school year.  It will also serve as a great introduction to the delightful and snarky Pigeon and his various adventures in other books.  Happy Reading!

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