Back-To-School Picture Books

I'm running a day behind, as we gear up for the girls' return to school on Tuesday(!), so I will have my "What We're Reading" post up tomorrow this weekend.  In the meantime...

Did you catch what I said up there?  Back-to-school?  This Tuesday???

I cannot believe summer vacation is coming to an end.  It feels too short, and the time has passed too quickly.  Come Tuesday, my baby girls will be in 3rd and 1st grades.  No more kindergarten baby days.  Sigh.

I thought I would share three school-related titles with you today.  Each has been released in the past few months, and the girls and I have read them all.

Monsters Love School by Mike Austin.
Harper, 2014.

Monsters Love School is a very cute book about a group of monsters excited to head back to school, and one blue guy who is scared about starting school.  His monster friends are there to reassure him throughout the day, as they learn their "ABCs and 123s and XYZs," make hats and masks in art class, play at recess, learn to spell "m-o-n-s-t-e-r," eat yummy "monster gruel" at lunch, learn their history (Abraham Monster Lincoln), read at their library book club, and sing at singing club.  You know that Blue is going to have an awesome day in the end.  Who wouldn't?  I want to go to Monster School!

My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I'm Not)
by Peter Brown.

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2014.

I've been waiting to tell you about this book, as we read it last week and loved it.  My Teacher is a Monster (No, I'm Not) is about a little boy who can't stand his teacher.  She yells, she gets mad, she takes away recess, she won't tolerate paper airplane-throwing in class.  Then one day, the boy runs into his teacher at his favorite park.  Little by little, the two get to know each other better, until the teacher looks less like a monster and more like a human being.  This is such a relatable book.  And, of course, Peter Brown's  illustrations are fabulous, as usual.

Planet Kindergarten by Sue Ganz-Schmitt,
illustrated by Shane Prigmore.
Chronicle, 2014.

This has to be one of the cleverest books we've read recently.  Planet Kindergarten is told from the perspective of a little boy pretending to be a space explorer.   It begins with a countdown, leading to the title page.  The text will make you giggle:  "I am assigned to my commander, capsule, and crewmates. 'Don't leave!' I beg...  Parents are sent back to their own planets."  The illustrations are bright and funny.  Mr. B could hear me reading this one, and I heard him chuckle a time or two.  Be sure to check out the cute printables on the book's page at Chronicle Books.  You can also view a book trailer/music video on YouTube.

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  1. CUTENESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! oh wow these are seriously adorable!!! can't believe your school starts next week! We start in Sept. But I feel like basically, school season is totally upon is already!

    1. Well, they got out of school May 22 or 23, but seriously, this isn't even 3 full months! Granted, they had a longer Christmas break than usual last year, and the past two years have brought quite a few snow days, as opposed to the usual one or two. It still seems way too soon.

    2. I almost picked up My Teacher is a Monster the other day. Now, I feel compelled to go and find it at the library. And, I feel your pain, we went back last Monday. I feel robbed of summer.

    3. It's such a cute book. If it's at the Scholastic book fair this year, I may have to score a couple copies for teachers. Last week??? Okay, actually, I did find out my step-nieces in Arizona started last week, too. CRAZY!!!


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