The ultimate back-to-school ode, this interactive, cheer-filled picture book joyfully celebrates the community we build at school
They have spirit, yes they do! Follow kids from circle time to the lunch line in this lively, rhyming picture book that perfectly matches the high energy of a new classroom. With a call and response like "We say ALPHA, you say BET," built into the text, kids will love reading and cheering along.
July 20, 2021
Preschool - 3
Lexile: AD190L | Fountas/Pinnell: J
Meg Fleming is an award-winning children's book author, a fan of all dogs and a big-time laugher. Also a voice teacher and former music educator, Meg draws on her love of rhythm, rhyme, and lyricism to create and imagine stories. Her previous titles include Here Comes Ocean
, Sometimes Rain
, and Ready, Set, Build
. She writes from her home outside of San Francisco, where she lives with her three kids, her one husband and her dancy-prancy dog named Opal.
Lucy Ruth Cummins spends her days as an art director, working on everything from picture books on up to young adult novels. She has previously illustrated This Is Not a Valentine
by Carter Higgins, Truman
by Jean Reidy, and From Ed's to Ned's
by Gideon Sterer. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.
"The irresistible rhythm of this chant will have a participatory storytime up and running quickly . . . Character details offer opportunities for children to notice and guess what some of the children may be feeling . . . This celebration of school spirit is sure to get the energy flowing." —Kirkus
"In this rousing picture book . . . Fleming’s chant is interspersed with energetic rhymes encourage kids to share, take turns, and include others . . . Utilizing a soft palette of mostly primary colors, welcoming art by Cummins features dot-eyed humans of varying abilities, religions, and skin tones. A simple, spirited readaloud that encourages youngsters to find excitement and community in school." —Publishers Weekly
"This read-aloud will energize students new to the school experience . . . An amiable, caring look at those early days, sure to help newbies make the transition." —SLJ