It’s a Sign by Jarrett Pumphrey, Jerome Pumphrey and Mo Willems

Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3

Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children

Publication Date: May 10, 2022

In this Elephant and Piggie Like Reading! early reader, Gerald and Piggie share one of their favorite books with the audience called It’s a Sign. A small animal named One makes paper hats. He cannot write. Another animal named Two can write letters and some words. A third animal comes along but is not named Three which My Book Eyes finds funny. Instead the animal’s name is Kat. Kat is experienced in writing and spelling AT family words. A fourth animal comes along named Four who can write more words than Kat. They need a name for this club that has its members wearing paper hats. Youngsters will love this early reader. It addresses many concepts that are appropriate for this age group in a fun and funny way. All 4 animals are different colors in addition to the gray and pink of Gerald and Piggie. The Pigeon makes a guest appearance at the end of the book adding the color blue. Numbers and sequencing are introduced. What number could Kat be called in this sequence? Size is addressed as the animals go from short to tall. Spelling and a love of writing are observed. Additionally, cooperation and working as a group are seen throughout. Children will think about knowing more as they grow. Illustrations are adorable! Gerald and Piggie make appearances and speak at the beginning and end of this book. A must to add to young ones libraries.

This is a School by author John Schu and illustrator Veronica Miller Jamison

Grade Level: Preschool – 3

Publisher: Candlewick

Publication Date: March 29, 2022

This picture book recognizes all that a school represents. It is a place where people come together either in person or virtually to work, play, discover, fail, make mistakes, be silly, be loud, be quiet, share and help to name many as children and staff grow. Text includes much that people experience by being part of a school community. Illustrations depict a plethora of examples that convey the meaning of the text. Variety of characters are seen throughout the book. Pictures and words will hit home to anyone involved in a school environment. A book to be read anytime of the year to reinforce the meaning of school. A poster is included.

Creepy Crayon! by author Aaron Reynolds and illustrator Peter Brown

Grade Level: Preschool – 3

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: August 23, 2022

Student Jasper Rabbit is not serious about getting his homework done. He prefers to watch shows and play games. As a result, his grades are suffering. One day he finds a bright purple crayon. It completes Jasper’s work making Jasper appear to be a high achiever. The crayon goes too far and takes over the one area that Jasper loves. Can Jasper get rid of the crayon? Can Jasper become more disciplined about school? This book is great for enforcing the importance of completing homework and working to a person’s potential. Illustrations are filled with evil villainy doomy looks reminiscent of old shows and movies which work well with this book and its varied scenes. The exaggerated expressions will make viewers laugh.

The Queen of Kindergarten by author Derrick Barnes and illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Reading Age: 3 – 5 years

Publisher: Nancy Paulson Books

Publication Date: May 24, 2022

A young girl named MJ Malone wears an imaginary tiara as she embarks on her first day of kindergarten beginning with her getting ready for school routine and ending with her return home. At school she impresses with her independence, willingness to help, takes on responsibility, learns and has fun. My Book Eyes loves seeing the King of Kindergarten cheering in the background of one scene. Another wonderful book for children beginning school. Illustrations are colorful with delightfully textured designs. Text and illustrations exude positivity. A must read.

The King of Kindergarten by author Derrick Barnes and illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten

Publisher: Nancy Paulson Books

Publication Date: July 2, 2019

A young boy wears an imaginary crown as he embarks on his first day of kindergarten beginning with his morning wake up routine and ending with his return home. At school he learns the daily routine, makes friends, is kind and shares. He cannot wait to return to school the next day. Wonderful book for children beginning school. Illustrations are colorful with delightfully textured designs. Text and illustrations exude positivity. A must read.

Busy Little Hands: Food Play!: Activities for Preschoolers by Amy Palanjian

Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten

Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: November 10, 2020

This cookbook is great for the youngest chefs. There are recipes for breakfast, lunch, drinks and snacks. Each recipe shows photographs of diverse children participating with procedural pictures also shown as well as information given about Grown – Up Prep Steps. There are labeled photos of kids’ cooking tools. Also there are 5 tips to make food more fun and 5 tips for good table manners. Ingredients are nutritious. This book gives good cooking ideas for preschoolers and kindergarteners to make at home or at school.

Henry at Home by author Megan Maynor and illustrator Alea Marley

Reading Age: 4 – 7 years

Grade Level: Preschool – 3

Publisher: Clarion Books

Publication Date: July 27, 2021

Two inseparable siblings enjoy all activities together until one day she gets a backpack filled with school supplies and he does not. Younger brother, Henry, learns to embrace being apart from his older sister, Liza, when she begins school. Both share when they come together. An emotionally charged book that belongs on book shelves. Illustrations are attractive, varied and welcome viewers to the fall season.

Goodbye Preschool, Hello Kindergarten by author Sonica Ellis and illustrator Nejla Shojaie

Reading Age: 3 – 5 years

Publisher: Sonica Ellis

Publication Date: June 14, 2020

A duckling is concerned about leaving his comfort zone of preschool where he knows the people and routines in this rhyming picture book. Kindergarten seems so big. Once he arrives, he feels more secure when greeted by a warm teacher. He sees some familiar faces and he realizes that others are also new to the kindergarten experience. By the end of the day the duckling is feeling positive about his transition to kindergarten. This is another good resource to read to children moving up from preschool to kindergarten. Illustrations are appropriate for this age group.

Llama Llama Back to School by author Anna Dewdney, author Reed Duncan and illustrator JT Morrow

Reading Age: 2 – 5 years

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: May 31, 2022

This rhyming picture book begins with Llama Llama enjoying summer including the beach, backyard camping and staying up late to name a few. Mama Llama informs him that school will start soon and all the activities associated with back to school begin. Reluctantly Llama Llama goes school shopping and gets ready for the first day. At school he follows the daily routine, befriends a new student and has a good day. Large, eye-catching illustrations with emotional depiction. A good book to ease children into the back to school experience.

KINDergarten: Where Kindness Matters Every Day by author Vera Ahiyya and illustrator Joey Chou

Reading Age: 4 – 8 years

Grade Level: Preschool – 3

Publisher: Random House Studio

Publication Date: June 21, 2022

A teacher named Ms. Perry welcomes her new students over the summer with a letter that invites them to think about the new school year by gathering ideas about being kind and sharing them in a kindness pledge when they return. Leo, an introvert doesn’t think he has any ideas to share. At school, Leo observes and demonstrates kind acts but doesn’t mention them. Extrovert students speak out for themselves and for Leo who realizes that he does know kindness. This book will be a go to for many teachers beginning the school year. Illustrations demonstrate diversity in people that make up this community.