Perfect Picture Book Friday: Kindergarten Rocks!

TGIF! There’s been a lot going on around here the last few days:

  1. Susanna Hill has her annual Halloweensie writing contest. Click on this link to get more details:
  2. There is also a bunch of great picture book reviews with activities on her website:
  3. Tomorrow is Will Write for Cookies featuring…KATIE DAVIS! I know you will want to stop by on Saturday to hear what she has to say.
  4. And I just signed with the incredible Essie White and Storm Literary Agency!!!!

Sign contract 2

As you can imagine, I’ve been happy dancing since before the ink dried on the contract. But I did take a bit of time out to post my Perfect Picture Book Friday – and it just happens to be a picture book by tomorrow’s guest author/illustrator, Katie Davis.

kindergarten rocks


Written and illustrated by Katie Davis

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Young Readers (2005)

Ages: 4-8

Themes: 1st day of school, kindergarten, school anxiety

Opening Lines:

“I am Dexter Dugan and I know everything about kindergarten. This is because I am actually going to be a kindergartner. Very soon.’


From Amazon:

“Dexter already knows everything there is to know about kindergarten. His big sister, Jessie, told him all about it. So Dexter is not scared. Not even a little bit. But his stuffed dog, Rufus, is scared. Actually, he’s terrified. But Dexter–er, Rufus–has nothing to fear: As he’ll soon find out, kindergarten rocks!”

Why I like this book:

  • Oh my goodness…there can never be enough books for kindergarteners experiencing anxiety about the first day of school. And this is one of the best!
  • The illustrations are simple, bold, and marry perfectly with the text.


How a parent can use this book:

  • Wonderful read aloud
  • Great book to read before school starts…or whenever a kiddo is anxious about starting something new.


The school year is underway. Has your child adjusted well to the new environment? Does he or she talk about friends at school?

The experts say that building friendships early on in a child’s life has far-reaching positive effects on relationship-building in the future. Why not try to set up some play-dates so your child can interact with friends outside of school also.


Kids bring home lots of papers from school…completed ditto sheets, drawings, projects. Do you have a special place to display your child’s painting and other art work? Do you have an area where he or she can keep treasured projects like that Popsicle stick turkey or the tissue paper pumpkin?

Why not get an inexpensive bulletin board for displaying the work? And grab a cardboard or plastic magazine file at the store for ditto sheets and completed projects. A clear gallon zip lock bag hung from a hook can keep important forms or informational sheets out of the way but within reach. Knowing where something is at a moment’s notice will definitely eliminate some of the morning stress.

Please stop by tomorrow.

Will Write for Cookies


Katie Davis

And have a glorious weekend!

15 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday: Kindergarten Rocks!

  1. I didn’t know about this book! Sounds funny and perfect for nervous kindergartners. And congratulations again on your new agent, Vivian! I’m so excited to see some of your wonderful stories in print in the near future.

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    • Thank you so much, Sandy! It’s true…Katie has a bunch of awesome books out there…I hope you come back for her Will Write for Cookies post tomorrow…there’s a link that takes you to her author page on Amazon…pretty impressive. And I appreciate your faith in me…with everyone’s encouragement, I don’t see how I can fail. 😉


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