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School’s First Day of School Written by Adam Rex Illustrated by Christian Robinson

Adam Rex tells a story that is so perfect it’s hard to believe no one else has thought of it before. The newly built Frederick Douglass Elementary is nervous about his first day of school. His friend the janitor, who is laconic yet warm, assures him that the kids will like him, that he can be himself (even if he did accidently have a fire drill). Feeling comfortable in one’s own skin, or bricks, while experiencing new ideas is what learning is all about. The acrylic paint and collage illustrations of Christian Robinson (the 2016 Caldecott winner) open the door to the school, where we see that when the children came, “there were more of them than the school could possibly have imagined. They got everywhere.” Author Adam Rex, who in the past has impressed with clever word play and complex construction, here revels in simple lines, easy cadence, quiet wit, and tenderness. While School’s First Day is ostensibly about a particular situation, this book can be read (and read and read) as a sweet, gentle way of overcoming fear. Grades pre-K–2.  — GA


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ISBN: 9781596439641
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - June 28th, 2016