Great Back-to-School Picture Books from HarperCollins!

1 Sep

Before I get to tell you about some great back-to-school books, I get to announce that the winner of a signed copy of Jenifer Alvarez’s Guardian Herd: Starfire  (see my review HERE) is 

Rebecca “Franticmommy” Flansburg!

WOO! Congratulations M. Flansburg, I will be emailing you to get the address you want the book sent to! 

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Now to tell you about some GREAT picture books!

 

chuChu’s First Day of School

By Neil Gaiman

Illustrated by Adam Rex

32 pages – ages 4+
Published by HarperCollins on June 24, 2014

 

Summary (from the inside jacket): It is Chu’s first day of school. Chu is nervous. He hopes the other boys and girls will be nice. Will they like him? What will happen at school today? Will Chu do what Chu does best?

What I thought: This was a very cute book. I like that it shows Chu being afraid that the other kids may not like him (not just being afraid to go to school). I think a lot of kids have this fear. On top of the nice story, the illustrations are wonderful and had a slightly realistic feeling to them. I think it made them very unique images.

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Chu is adorable. I love his aviator helmet and goggles. Mr. Gaiman has written a nice picture book about going back to school. I love Chu’s talent, or as his new teacher says, “what he can do.” I think this book will help kids who are nervous about what other kids will think of them at school.

There is a printable activity to go with the book on the publisher’s website – click HERE

To learn more about Chu, please visit Mr. Gaiman’s website HERE

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littlelolaLittle Lola

by Julie Saab and David Gothard

32 pages – ages 4+

Published by Greenwillow Books on April 22, 2014

Summary (from the inside jacket): Little Lola loves everything! So when she discovers school, you can be sure that she’ll love every minute of it. Yes, she’s a cat. (And when was the last time you saw a cat in school?) But being a cat never stopped Lola!

What I thought: THIS BOOK IS HILARIOUS!!! I thought this was going to be a cute little kitty going to school book, but wow – Lola is one energetic kitty determined to have a great day! The story is great! I love how Lola wakes up and finds a complete school outfit and decides to go to school – not with other animals but with kids. The art is so carefree and humorous that I could spend hours looking at the illustrations. I think it’s a book that could really get kids excited about school.

To learn more about my new favorite kitty, visit the Lola website HERE

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monstersloveMonsters LOVE School

Written and illustrated by Mike Austin

  40 pages – ages 4+
Published by HarperCollins on June 24, 2014

Summary (publisher’s description): Summer is over, and now it’s time for the biggest adventure of all . . . Monster School! Join these colorful monsters as they go to school for the first time. Reading and writing and learning your monster history has never been so much fun! Fans of Monsters Love Colors and others will love this exciting picture book.

What I thought: This is a nice book about making friends and going (back) to school. The monsters are cute and funny. I like how they all got along and helped the new monster. That was nice. The monsters show how fun school can be. The art has a cool style and I really like the patterns in the monsters.

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pinkandnewPinkalicious and the New Teacher

by Victoria Kann

24 pages – ages 4+

Published by HarperFestival on June 24, 2014

Summary (from the back of the book) – Pinkalicious usually likes new experiences, but when she gets a new teacher she’s not sure how she feels.

What I thought: I think that this book covers how some kids view the first day of school (and a new teacher) very well. Ms. Kann captures the feeling of kids getting a new teacher very well. As a kid, I know how it feels to have one of your favorite teachers leave and have to get a new one that you’re not really sure about.  I love how Ms. Kann shows Pinkalicious adapting to the new class. My little sister LOVES Pinkalicious, and I think she is the kind of role model kids need; one who proves that everyone is not perfect, but we should try hard to do the right thing. In addition to the pinkiperfect story there is a poster, bookmarks and stickers in the book. 

Check out the printable activity on HarperCollins website – click HERE

Check out the Pinkalicious website HERE

 

20 Responses to “Great Back-to-School Picture Books from HarperCollins!”

  1. KidLitReviews September 1, 2014 at 9:41 pm #

    I LOVE Chu and those illustrations are absolutely out-of-this-world. What a great book to get for review. This sounds like an adorable first day at school. Where was Chu when I started school? ADORABLE! 🙂

    Little Lola I must love, or I would hear about it at home. It is a cat, how cute must this be. If you now cats you know they never want to do this as they should so it is no surprise this is not a kitten school. Beautiful cover.

    Monsters are a great way to express the first day. EVerything looks like a monster on that day. Pinkalicious, I must confess, is not the one for me. Give me Chu, Lola, or the MOnsters or all at the same time. Nice foursome!

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  2. yvettecarol September 1, 2014 at 11:42 pm #

    Wow, great looking post. I love the pictures and the way you’ve set it out – it’s very clear and easily readable. Nice job, Erik! I like the Pinkalicious book 🙂

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  3. Darlene September 2, 2014 at 1:34 am #

    Great to have back to school books featured. Any book by Mr. Gaiman would be good.

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  4. macjam47 September 2, 2014 at 8:14 am #

    This is a fantastic post. I love the books your chose to highlight.

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  5. Rebecca "Franticmommy" Flansburg September 2, 2014 at 2:38 pm #

    Yay! Thank you, Erik! We are excited to read the Guardian Herd!

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  6. LovableLobo September 2, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

    Congrats to Ms. Flansburg for winning! Thanks for sharing such a great selection of picture books, SuperKid!

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  7. readingwithrhythm September 2, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

    You’ve got a good line up here, Erik!

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  8. julie rowan zoch September 5, 2014 at 7:25 pm #

    Sorry, I am behind with reading your blog!

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  9. writersideup September 12, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

    Hey, Erik 🙂 Been missing a couple of weeks of everyone’s blogs (busy setting up my own!—and thank you for following 😀 ). Just wanted to say this is a GREAT list! 😀

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  10. Myra GB October 9, 2014 at 7:25 am #

    What a great theme you have here. Chu’s First Day is just lovely, isn’t it?

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