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Early Literacy

Early literacy is what children know about communication, language—verbal and non-verbal—reading and writing before they can actually read and write.

Picture Book About School

Clothesline Clues to the First Day of School by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook, illustrated by Andy Robert Davies
Drying clothes suggest different people the reader will meet on the first day of school.

Clothesline clues to the first day of school

The Day the Teacher Went Bananas by James How, illustrated by Lillian Hoban
A class's new teacher, who leads the children in a number of popular activities, turns out to be a gorilla.

It’s Time for Preschool by Esme Raji Codell, illustrated by Sue Rama
Introduces typical activities a child might encounter at preschool.

My Kindergarten by Rosemary Wells
This picture book packs in a wealth of information about the first year of school. Much more than the usual short, welcoming introduction to the classroom, this is a detailed overview of things to learn and exciting goings-on, both at school and at home. Emily the rabbit describes how she and her animal classmates learn from their kind teacher.

No Fair! No Fair! and Other Jolly Poems of Childhood by Calvin Trillin
Poems about Justin, who is "the awfulest kid in the class," if there's anything that Matt won't eat and if you can send back a new baby brother.

Ready, Set, Preschool! by Anna Jane Hays, illustrated by True Kelley
A collection of simple stories, poems and picture games designed to prepare children for preschool.

The School Book by Todd Parr
Introduces readers to all the things they can do at school.

School Days Around the World by Margriet Ruur
Fascinating stories that follow will expand how young readers think of school, as they learn about the experiences of real children in thirteen different countries around the world.

Troll Teacher by Vivian Vande Velde, illustrated by Mary Jane Auch
Elizabeth tries to tell her family that there is something wrong with her new teacher, but they cannot see it, even though Miss Turtledove has orange eyes, eats desks and throws fruit at the students.

What Does a Teacher Do? by Felicia Lowenstein
Captioned, full-color photographs show teachers at work. Includes a list of words to know and suggestions for an activity.

What to Expect at Preschool by Heidi Murkoff, illustrated by Laura Rader
Answers your child's questions about what preschool is like, what preschooler's do, who teachers are and how they make preschool such a fun and special place.

July 2020


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