Kindergarten Hat By Janet Lawler & Geraldine Rodriguez

Carlos Abredo loves building forts, playing soccer, vrooming cars, and gardening. But after moving to a new town, he’s nervous to start his first day of kindergarten. What if the bus gets lost? What if he can’t make friends? What if he can’t find his teacher?! Starting school can be intimidating for anyone, but when you’re also the new kid, it can be downright scary.

When Carlos gets a letter from his new teacher, he starts to feel a little better. He picks out a gift for her, and after a much-needed hug from Mom, he sets off for his first day. But when his present is accidentally ruined, will Carlos be able to salvage his first day of school?

My Review:

I received a copy of this picture book from Little Bee Books in exchange for an honest review.

Kindergarten is hands down my favorite grade to teach there is something so wonderful about being apart of children’s first school experiences. The story follows Carlos a young boy who is very nervous about his first day of Kindergarten. When he gets a letter from his new teacher it helps feel less nervous and more excited about starting school. His teacher will be wearing a huge flowered hat and she asks that each student pick a flower for it. When the flower Carlos choose gets ruined, he realizes that it is okay if sometimes things don’t go according to plan. This is a perfect book to read on the first day of Kindergarten Many students will be able to relate to Carlos and his apprehension about starting school. Janet did a fantastic job of capturing the many emotions that children can go through when beginning kindergarten. The illustrations by Geraldine Rodriguez are fun and engaging. I love the illustrations of Carlos and his flower beds they blend so well with the end of the story. A terrific read-aloud for any child who is starting Kindergarten. 

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages 

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