My First Day of First Grade

Sourcebooks. (My First Day of). Jun. 2023. 40p. $10.99. ISBN 9781728265254.
PreS-Gr 1–Nerves often run high as the first day of school approaches. No matter one’s age, it can be intimidating to enter a new classroom with an unfamiliar teacher and unknown friends; but with a little courage and support from loving caregivers, that first day becomes a successful milestone that makes the next one even more fun. This series kindly prepares little ones for their first days of preschool (see My First Day of Preschool), kindergarten (My First Day of Kindergarten), and first grade by showcasing personality traits common in these age groups. Trepidation, shyness, friendship, and bravery are clearly visible, and readers will be inspired to follow in the footsteps of the characters in these stories as they overcome their individual challenges. Each book features a different animal, and as the books advance in age, the characters become increasingly more confident and kind. The mother figure is the prominent parent in all three books, and fathers are rarely mentioned. Told in rhyming lines and a singsong meter, each of these three books is as pleasant to hear as it is to read aloud. Colorful illustrations depict a wide range of anthropomorphic animals engaging in familiar classroom activities with one another. Additionally, pages at the beginning and end of each support the personalization of the story while empowering readers to be brave on their own first days, too.
VERDICT This series is a charming and inspirational collection to share, especially with young children who are experiencing anxiety leading up to their first day of school.

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