Back To School {with new picture books}

Hard to believe it’s almost that time already in many places. Back to School time can cause kids to be excited and a bit nervous (as well as us parents). Books are a great way to get your little ones ready for the big day. They are also great way to get the kids in your classroom calm and not so scared. Here are some great new books out to include in your back to school reading time. 

Back to School Round-Up

The Very Best Teacher!
By Ye Shil Kim
Illustrated by Miku Moriuchi
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
June 30, 2015
Ten little mice search for the perfect gift to give their teacher!
Tomorrow is Ms. Tulip’s birthday and a celebration is in order! But how will her ten students decide on the right present? Luckily ten minds are better than one when choosing the ideal gift for the very best teacher.
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About the Author:
Ye Shil Kim is the author of numerous picture books in Korea. She works as an illustrator agent for EenArt in Korea.
About the Illustrator:
MIKU MORIUCHI graduated with a BA in illustration from the Norwich School of Art and Design, and an MA in illustration from Brighton University. She has illustrated 21 picture books, and lives in London.

Off to School!
Created by the Sesame Workshop
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
July 7, 2015
Tomorrow is a very exciting day–it’s Elmo’s first day of school! And Elmo needs your help to get ready. Let’s go off to school!





Smart Start Series
By: Ellen Honeck, Ph.D, Nancy B. Hertzog, Ph.D, and Barbara Dullagan, M.Ed.
Prufrock Press
August 1, 2015
Series Info:
The Smart Start series fosters engaging conversations for parents and their children through the use of interactive questioning. Images in these books convey children in realistic and familiar stages of play, and each image’s corresponding questions prompt children to think at critical, creative, and mathematical levels about their everyday surroundings and activities. The open-ended questions stimulate curiousity and invigorate conversations between parents and children. The books in this series highligh the vast world of a child’s imagination and encourage children to think deeply about the objects and situatious they’re faced with every day.




Around My House!
The first book in the Smart Start series for pre-readers fosters engaging conversations for parents and children through the use of interactive questioning. Images in this book convey realistic and familiar settings around the house: in the kitchen, the playroom, the bedroom, the garage, and more.
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Let’s Play!
The second book in the Smart Start series. Images in this book convey children in stages of play, and each image’s corresponding questions prompt children to think at critical, creative, and mathmatical levels about their everyday surrounding and activities.
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Let’s Go to the Market!
The third book in the Smart Start series. Images in this book convey chidren and parents in a familiar shared experience: going to and exploring the market. 
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About the Authors:
Ellen Honeck, Ph.D., is Dean of Gifted and Talented Academy for Laurel Springs School
Nancy B. Hertzog, Ph.D, is a professor of educational psychology at the University of Washington and the director of the Halbert and Nancy Robinson Center for Young Scholars. She is the author of two books, Ready for Preschool, and Early Childhood Gifted Education.
Barbara Dullaghan, M.Ed., is currently Elementary Gifted and Talented Coordinator for Bloomington Public Schools in Minnesota.

thank you Sourcebooks Jabberwocky for creating this Back to School spotlight post with all your great new picture books. While the post includes links I’m not affiliated with any so I receive no money if you click and buy from them.