ABC-Cover400ABC SCHOOL’S FOR ME (Scholastic Press, 2015)
by Susan B. Katz, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger

“In verse that never misses a beat, Katz describes familiar classroom activities for each letter of the alphabet.” – Publisher’s Weekly

“Katz’s rhythms and rhymes are spot-on, and she tackles the tough letters with aplomb.”
– Kirkus Reviews

Get ready for school with this clever, rhyming alphabet story. This book helps little ones celebrate all that is exciting about a school day.
Cuddle up with your little bear and enjoy this rhyming read-aloud chock-full of the ABCs of school. There’s so much alphabet to explore!
 

Alphabet from A to Z.
Books that are just right for me.
Crayons for coloring in my hand.
Dump trucks playing in the sand.

 
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Reviews for ABC, SCHOOL'S For Me

Kirkus

Kirkus

“Katz’s rhythms and rhymes are spot-on, and she tackles the tough letters with aplomb.”

Anthropomorphized bears lead readers on a rhyming ABC tour through some typical school-day sights and activities.

Alphabet from A to Z, // Books that are just right for me. / Crayons for coloring, in my hand, /Dump trucks, playing in the sand.” The featured letter is highlighted in a color so readers can pick it out from the otherwise black type. Katz’s rhythms and rhymes are spot-on, and she tackles the tough letters with aplomb: “imagination,” “quacks” (during a game of duck, duck, goose), “upstairs,” “xylophones” (kindergarten being one of the only places these instruments are commonplace), and “zipping” up backpacks. From food and special classes to playing and getting along with friends, it’s all here, even a “Visit to the potty, proud.” Munsinger’s watercolors show a classroom full of adorable bears working hard at whatever they are doing, whether that’s using glitter and glue, trying to jump rope, or tracing letters. With few exceptions, though, their faces all show similar expressions of happiness, which doesn’t reflect the reality of a kindergarten classroom full of diverse personalities. Deborah Lee Rose’s The Twelve Days of Kindergarten (2003), illustrated by Carey Armstrong-Ellis, does a much better job of that and mixes in humor as well.

A fun-to-read-aloud introduction to kindergarten, if not the top of the heap.

Publisher’s Weekly

Publisher’s Weekly

“In verse that never misses a beat, Katz describes familiar classroom activities for each letter of the alphabet.”

A group of bears celebrates a full day at school in this cheery alphabet book. In verse that never misses a beat, Katz describes familiar classroom activities for each letter of the alphabet: “Kitchen during free-choice hour,/ Letter blocks that build a tower!/ Magnets to be traced in pen,/ Numbers— I can count to ten!” Munsinger’s always cozy paintings emphasize cooperation and fun as the bears play with glitter, jump rope, play an outdoor game of “duck, duck, goose,” and listen attentively during a read-aloud session with their teacher. It all adds up to an energetic outing with plenty of parallels to preschoolers’ and kindergarteners’ own school days. Ages 3–5.

Susan B. Katz Author + Illustrator
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