Bibliographic Information: Jackson, E., & Ellis, J. D. (2003). It’s back to school we go: First day stories from around the world. Brookfield, Conn: Millbrook Press.
Brief Annotation: Each page features a child’s first-person perspective on what going to school on the first day is like in their country. There are additional factual bullet points that give more information about school in that country.
Genre: nonfiction, storytelling
Grade Level: 1-4
Readers who will like this: Children on the first day of school or who have experienced the first day already; children interested in learning about different cultures and countries.
Rating/Response: 4 This book shows a lot of detail and creativity. This is a great first day activity in discussing cultural similarities and differences, global awareness, and could easily be a good start to beginning an e-pals program in your class.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: What do you do to get ready for the first day of school? What do you do at school on this special day?
Reading Strategy: First Days, Social Studies
Rationale for Strategy: This book talks about first days of elementary school around the world and encourages classrooms to celebrate their unique ways of kicking off the year.
Posted by: Caitlin Miller