Bibliographic Information: Henkes, K. (2000). Wemberly worried. New York: Greenwillow Books.
Brief Annotation: Wemberly worries about everything – small things, big things, everything in between. She begins nursery school with an extreme amount of worry but learns to overcome that with a new friend.
Grade Level: K-2
Readers who will like this: Children who like animals as main characters, children who worry about facing new things.
Rating/Response: 4 – This story has cute characters and fun illustrations, and is especially relateable for young students.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: What is something you’re worried about as you begin this school year? What is something you are excited about?
Reading Strategy: First Days
Rationale for Strategy: It can be used for younger students’ first experiences in school, and offers the opportunity to discuss worries for the year openly and free of judgment.
Posted by: Caitlin Miller