The past year was definitely challenging, with school shut-downs, hybrid models, and many kids stuck in front of screens. It feels like school just ended – but honestly, before you know it, the rush to buy supplies for the new year will be upon us. And books about the first day of school will be much needed…which is why I’m so thrilled to sing a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Dawn Young’s newest picture book:
Here’s a short synopsis from Amazon:
The sheep won’t let Bo sleep in this hilarious tale of what can go wrong when the sheep you count run amok the night before the first day of school.
Anxious for the first day of school, Bo just wants to fall asleep so he’ll be ready for the day. But when he tries counting sheep, the sheep get bored and scatter, and chaos ensues: “Sheep 5 snags a lunch bag and makes a strange creature. 6 swallows the apple Bo picked for his teacher. Sheep 7 grips scissors, and piece after piece, she snips and she clips, and she trims the flock’s fleece.” Children can count along with Bo as he finds the 10 mischievous sheep misbehaving throughout the house. With a house full of sheep and a mess to clean, will Bo get enough sleep before his big day?
With 10 out-of-control sheep and the beleaguered Bo, this action-packed story will provide comic relief for anyone who might be a little nervous about the first day of school.
A fabulous read-aloud filled with counting and rhymes – kids are going to love this book!
Happily, the lovely Dawn Young stopped by to chat with me and she shared a bit about how this book came to be:
DAWN: Since this book is third in The Night Baafore series, I had to find new mischief for the sheep to get into, and I wanted to make much of it school-related. From making puppets and paper airplanes to painting, drawing and coloring, I tried to include as many school-related activities as possible.
This book is dedicated to all readers and teachers and students everywhere.
PUPPETS? Did someone say PUPPETS? How about an easy paper bag puppet-making activity for the kiddos!
For detailed directions on how to make this adorable paper bag puppet: https://dltk-kids.com/animals/mbaglamb.htm
If you’d like to be in the running for the giveaway copy that author Dawn Young is providing, please leave a comment below – maybe you can share a challenging first day of school in your life. Please share the post on your social media to spread the word about this engaging new book. And remember, the best way to thank an author for a book you love is to buy the book, review the book, tell friends about the book, and ask your library to purchase copies for their collection.
Make sure you come back at the end of the week for a super Perfect Picture Book Friday post for Annette Schottenfeld’s new book, OBI’S MUD BATH.