School’s First Day of School ‒ Adam Rex

School's first day of school
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  • Age Range: 4 to 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool ‒ 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (June 28, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596439645
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596439641



It’s the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone’s just a little nervous, especially the school itself. What will the children do once they come? Will they like the school? Will they be nice to him? The school has a rough start but as the day goes on, he soon recovers when he sees that he’s not the only one going through first-day jitters.    


Notable Acknowledgements: Washington Post Best Books of the Year, Boston Globe Best Books of the Year, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, Goodreads Choice Awards.


Rationale for Inclusion: Almost every child can relate to those butterflies and feelings of uncertainty upon their very first day of school. This book narrates a story about the first day of school, from the perspective of the school building itself. Children have an opportunity to laugh and gain insights about how the school is feeling on its first day of school, the different thoughts that it is having, and how it ultimately copes and manages to get through the day. This book can offer children a mirror into the anxieties that they often feel prior to starting school, and can act as a great tool in helping to relieve some of this anxiety by taking an otherwise nerve-wrecking experience, and adding humor, fun, and optimism to it.



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