With the school year about to begin our book recommendations this week have a “Back to School” theme. If your kids have a favorite Back to School book please send us the book title and your kid’s review and we’ll post it in a future blog.
Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind by Judy Finchler for kids in grades K – 3.Principal Wiggins, during the first week of school, promises that if the school’s students read 1000 books by June 12, he will dye his hair purple and sleep on the roof. Miss Malarkey promises her class that all of the students will find books they love. She picks books for everyone except one boy who can’t find a book he likes until June 10, when Miss Malarkey chooses one that has aliens, race cars, funny jokes, chewing gum, hot sauce, and cannonballs. It turns out to be book number 1001 and Principal Wiggins, whose hair is now purple, spends the night on the roof. One notable aspect of this book is that the illustrations contain comments that are not in the text. A fun read.
It’s Back To School We Go! by Ellen Jackson for kids in grades 1 – 4. This book introduces the school experiences of elementary school aged children from 11 countries–Kenya, Japan, China, Peru, Canada, Kazakhstan, Australia, Germany, Russia, India, and the U.S. Each entry includes the student’s name, age, and place of residence. Then the children tell about their first day at school, describing the activities and the ambience of the school as well as their particular locale’s customs, foods, family life along with other information. This multinational approach provides material for comparing and contrasting cultures. This is a great way for children to learn both the similarities and the differences among children from around the world.
If Kids Ruled the School by Bruce Lansky for elementary school age children. If Kids Ruled the School contains 50 giggle-inducing poems about school, covering everything from homework and tests to school lunches and detention. The book contains poems by Jack Prelutsky, Bruce Lansky, Kenn Nesbitt, Brod Baggert, Linda Knaus, Ted Sheu and Dave Crawley. The poems have been tested (and enjoyed) by a panel of more than 1,000 elementary school children. This book was the iParenting Media Awards Back to School 2004 Winner: Poetry