Back to school season is already here. Wondering the aisles at Target and all the school supply sections are filled with frazzled parents holding extensive list of endless supplies needed for their children's classroom. Pencils, erasers, dry erase markers and disinfecting wipes are all being tossed into their carts. I've always loved back to school because I love the excitement.
I remember my older two kids first day of kindergarten so well. My oldest looked so small sitting at that big desk. I still don't know how I left him for those four hours that day. I cried but he didn't. He had a great year at school. Now my second son was so different. He couldn't wait for school and to be old enough to go. When we got out the car he ran off and casually looked over his shoulder and said, "See you later Mom!" I didn't cry that year.
The excitement of Kindergarten can also cause a bit of anxiety for kids. Preparing them for the big day is very important to ensure a smooth transition. Pirates Don't Go To Kindergarten! by Lisa Robinson is a wonderful tale of about a little girl Emma who is having doubts about her new classroom. She loved her preschool year with her former teacher and she isn't so sure about the new teacher. The book was sweet and funny. My kids giggled as Emma's antics played out. I loved the themed language throughout the book. This is an adorable book perfect for those first day jitters.
Lisa Robinson was born in Kampala, Uganda, to volunteers of the Peace Corps who later became world-traveling diplomats. When she was a child, her family moved frequently, so books became her best friends. She now works as a psychiatrist and writer. She holds an MFA in creative writing for young people from Lesley University. Pirates Don't Go to Kindergarten! is her debut picture book, and she has more books forthcoming, including Pippa's Night Parade, illustrated by Lucy Fleming. She lives in Massachusetts with her scientist husband, two daughters, and three cats. Learn more at her website, or on Twitter: @elisaitw.
Eda Kaban was born and raised in Turkey. Her travels brought her to the United States, where she studied illustration. Her work can be seen in galleries from San Francisco to New York and in a variety of publications. Her recent children’s books include We Are Brothers, We Are Friends by Alexandra Penfold and Pink Is for Boys by Robb Pearlman. Her illustrations have been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, Creative Quarterly, American Illustration, and 3x3. She lives with her husband and their two Siamese cats in Oakland, California, where they continually water their plants too much. Learn more about the artist at www.edakabanstudio.com.
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