Saturday, August 13, 2011

What My Child Is Reading – August 13, 2012

Since I was not with my child this week, I have decided to dedicated this post to our favorite books about kindergarten. We will be rereading some of them next week to prepare for the big day that is coming up only a week from now.

My Kindergarten

My Kindergarten by Rosemary Wells has been so well received that I ordered a copy for our home library. It’s literary a kindergarten encyclopedia that covers the full year of kindergarten. The only unrealistic part in the book is that the class has only 6 students (Anna’s class is going to have about 25). Oh, and the students are all animals, but this is perfectly OK in my daughter’s eyes.

Kindergarten Portis

We loved every book by Antoinette Portis, an author of Not a Stick and Not a Box. Kindergarten Diary is more “conventional” in terms of illustrations and story, but we both really enjoyed the book when we picked it up from the library some time ago. The book starts with a little girl expressing a lot of concerns about kindergarten that are very similar to my daughter’s fears. It proceeds to tell the story of discovery and fun. Good read!

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready

We got Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten as a gift from Anna’s preschool for her preschool graduation, and I think we will pick up a couple more books from the same series by Joseph Slate/Ashley Wolff, because while the story is not terribly involved, it’s humorous and presents the start of kindergarten from multiple point of views. It’s also a good ABC book for parents and readers looking for entertaining alphabet books.

Kissing Hand

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn is a classic book that just keeps giving. We got it for our home library when Anna started preschool, and she pulls it out when she needs some extra reassurance. We were using the kissing hand ritual often on those difficult mornings when daughter really didn’t feel like staying in her preschool, and I have a hunch that we will continue to use it when she goes to K. This book is a must-read for big life transitions.

Your turn: What are your favorite books about starting school?


MaryAnne said...

Those first two are new to us, so I'll have to check them out! We love the other two books you highlighted!

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Susan @ learning ALL the time!! said...

I remember some of these books being favorites for us :) "The Kissing Hand" is wonderful!

Ticia said...

Those bottom two were some of my favorites when I was teaching for the beginning of the school year. There's a few more in the Miss Bindergarten series that are also very cute.

Debbie said...

We looked at a couple of books about Kindergarten...Selena was so funny and informed me, "This is for other kids, I am homeschooled." These look like great books!

Julie said...

C's kindergarten teacher did a project on the Kissing Hand the first week of school. I hope she loves kindergarten!

Elise said...

We've only just added The Kissing Hand to our collection and it has quickly become a favourite.

In regard to the tissue paper for tie dying - we used tissue paper as in wrapping paper. The key for us was letting it dry for several days (leaving it in for only a seconds meant nothing to Blakie - he drenched his sheets good and proper, but all was well after a couple of days drying time).

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Hmmm...I wonder if I could find any homeschool Kindergarten books for C - with all the books out there, I'm sure somebody has written some, but I don't think I've found one yet. Missing out on the first day of Kindergarten is the only time I'm sad for my little homeschoolers.

Shauna said...

What a great list of "Kindergarten" related books. Thanks so much!

Jackie H. said...

Great collection of kindergarten specific books! I need to pin some of these!

Cortney said...

A perfectly timed post! :o)
We are also fans of those Not a Stick and Not a Box books, but have never explored her other work. Sounds like we should.

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