Monday, August 10, 2009

Preschool Prep: Booklist

Even as we're enjoying a family vacation, the ubiquitous Back-to-School messages are everywhere. So I've taken my cue and have begun prepping the little one in earnest. This week, I'll share with you what we've been doing to get ourselves ready for the big day.

Reading about school and what to expect has been quite helpful. The more we read, the more questions she asks and the more we're able to talk about it in ways she's beginning to understand. I've found a few good books to help us along:

Marley Goes to School, by New York Times Bestselling Author John Grogan, is a funny, fanciful story of Cassie's first day of school and how Marley, her beloved dog, joins her there. Madcap adventures and hilarious antics ensue. The book is warmly illustrated by Richard Cowdrey in a style reminiscent of mid-twentieth century rosy-cheeked sweetness. It's a fun way to explore school with your little one.

Perhaps our very favorite, is from Anna Dewdney's Llama Llama series, Llama Llama Misses Mama. It's Llama Llama's first day of preschool and Llama Llama couldn't be happier, that is, until Llama Llama realizes that Llama Mama isn't staying. This is the story of what I imagine will happen on our first day of preschool, in hardcover. Funny, sweet and, ultimately, reassuring for both Little Llamas and Llama Mamas, this is a must-read for any preschool bound-kid and her Mama.

Perhaps one of the sweetest explorations of dealing with the differences that seem to get highlighted in a school setting is Yoko by Rosemary Wells. Yoko's just like the other kids--until lunchtime, when her sushi causes quite a stir. It's a lovely lesson in appreciating differences.

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