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Growing Reader

Children’s Books to Celebrate the 100th Day of School

by Lindsay Barrett

One hundred is a big number when you’re little! In any classroom that painstakingly tracks each school day with a tally mark, sticker, straw, or popsicle stick, reaching the 100th day of school is momentous. Here are six picture books perfect for commemorating the occasion and inspiring 100th day fun:

  • Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten

    by Joseph Slate, illustrated by Ashley Wolff

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    No one does kindergarten like Miss Bindergarten, and she pulls out all the stops for the 100th day in this rhyming classic. As the big day nears, students eagerly prepare collections of 100 items, while Miss Bindergarten shops for supplies, decorates the classroom, and plans special 100-themed activities. Children will be drawn to all the details in the illustrations, and they will likely want to try out some of Miss Bindergarten’s fun activities themselves.

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  • Henry’s 100 Days of Kindergarten

    by Nancy Carlson

    Every day of kindergarten, Ms. Bradley adds a jelly bean to a jar, with a promise of a big celebration when they reach 100. Throughout the months of the year, Henry and his classmates stay busy with memorable school experiences: show-and-tell, a Halloween parade, a Thanksgiving feast, and a holiday concert. Finally, February arrives and brings the 100th day of school. Each student shows off a collection of 100 things, and the class enjoys a visit from a special 100-year-old guest.

  • The Night Before the 100th Day of School

    by Natasha Wing, illustrated by Mindy Pierce

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    The star of this story is a bit of a procrastinator — he waits until the night before the 100th day of school to begin worrying about what he’ll bring for his collection of 100 items. Finally, an idea strikes: 100 ants! Of course, bringing 100 insects to school is sure to end in a creepy-crawly disaster that kids will love to imagine.

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  • 100 Monsters in My School

    by Bonnie Bader, illustrated by Bryan Hendrix

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    This early reader stars a girl who has some unusual peers. On the 100th day of school, each vampire, ghost, and werewolf classmate has a unique collection of 100 things to share. From two sets of 50 bats, to ten groups of ten fangs, each character’s collection helps children learn about a different common combination to make 100. But what will the girl choose for her collection? Contributions from her friends at snack time help her out (and offer plenty of ideas for kids’ own 100th Day snack mix recipes).

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  • Rocket’s 100th Day of School

    by Tad Hills

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    Rocket works hard to collect 100 special things in preparation for the 100th day of school: pinecones, heart-shaped stones, sticks, and more. As the day nears, he adds up his collection and realizes he’s come up short. What happened to the five acorns? Rocket’s solution to his problem is as sweet as he is. Kids ready to explore addition to 100 will love adding up items along with Rocket.

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  • Young Cam Jansen and the 100th Day of School Mystery

    by David A. Adler, illustrated by Susanna Natti

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    Every class in Cam Jansen’s school is having a “Letter Party” for their 100th day celebration, and she and her friend Eric are in charge of retrieving the pineapple juice and pizza from the cafeteria for their room’s Letter P event. Only, the pizza is missing! Luckily, Cam, with her photographic memory, is on the case. It would be fun to create a 100th day memory challenge inspired by Cam’s uncanny ability to “click!”

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