Hello School! (Hardcover)
A brand-new picture book for preschool or kindergarten students eager to start the school year! The title of the book captures the energetic possibilities that come with experiencing school for the first time. Each page shows a different part of the school day from greeting classmates, circle time, nap time, and recess all told with soft-colored illustrations. I love the little speech bubbles on each page that demonstrate children’s reactions about going to school. For example, when talking about new favorites, one child says, “Orange is my favorite,” and another carefully asks, “Can every color be my favorite?” prompting a parent or teacher reading this aloud to answer “Yes!”
From the blog Good Reads with Ronna— Jessica
Cozy illustrations make this the perfect introduction to the joy of school.
A diverse class of excited youngsters are about to start school and experience all its wonders! Small moments like discovering one's own cubby space and big moments like a first nature walk are all brought to life with inviting artwork. This is a great book to help familiarize children with all the activities they can expect at school, from circle time to snack time to goodbye time, all the while sharing the experiences with lots of great new friends.
About the Author
Priscilla Burris has illustrated numerous picture books, including Dad School and Mom School (both by Rebecca Van Slyke), Maggi and Milo and Maggi and Milo Make New Friends (both by Juli Brenning), and Edgar's Second Word (by Audrey Vernick), as well as chapter books such as the Humphrey's Tiny tales series (by Betty Birney). She lives in Orange County, California.
“Burris highlights the sights, routines, and activities of elementary school. . . . Clever design and a consistent pattern, with each spread’s topic highlighted in yellow, a few short sentences underneath, and a scattering of dialogue balloons, make it easy for children to follow along and stay engaged. . . . And their grown-ups will be amused at how well Burris has captured the exuberance, ways of thinking, and quirks of young children. . . . The racially diverse students are round-headed, gap-toothed, expressive, and thoroughly adorable. . . . A solid addition to the back-to-school shelf.”—Kirkus Reviews
“With child-friendly simplicity, Burris offers a gentle overview of the first day of school for a class of young, ethnically diverse children. . . . Text bubbles show the students’ reactions; these scraps of enthusiastic dialogue help keep the story firmly rooted in the students’ immediate experience, as do the creative details in the uncluttered illustrations. . . . Lively and reassuring, this is a strong choice for helping new students set first-day expectations.”—Publishers Weekly
“Burris spotlights the newness of the first day of school in this fun-loving book. . . . The author enumerates special classroom activities, covering circle time, snack time, and quiet time. The humor is spot-on. . . . Sure to be appreciated by Burris’s young fans, this is a perfect read-aloud for the start of school.”—School Library Journal
Generation after generation, both hope and sorrow hit the two families in this story hard. Gyasi uses the episodic nature to her advantage, in a way that inspires a fevered anticipation similar to the tv show Roots. A moving work that would be a great choice for book clubs and writing classes. - Jessica