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:

Written by Dawn Young – Illustrated by Pablo Pino – Published by WorthyKids – June 22, 2021

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!

Photo courtesy: https://dltk-kids.com/animals/mbaglamb.htm

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.

Perfect Picture Book Friday: WHEN WATER MAKES MUD Plus Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends! I’m thrilled to share with you today’s featured story, written by one of my dearest kid-lit friends, Janie Reinhart. And because I’m jumping for joy that her debut picture book JUST LAUNCHED, I’m offering a giveaway! Please make sure you leave a comment and share the post on social media for extra tickets in the giveaway hat.

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Perfect Picture Book Friday: I WISH YOU KNEW Plus Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends!

Today’s featured book is going to touch your heart – and if you leave a comment and share the post on social media, you might be the lucky winner of the copy of I WISH YOU KNEW that author Jackie Azua Kramer.

Launching May 25, 2021


Written by Jackie Azua Kramer

Illustrated by Magdalena Mora

Published by Roaring Brook Press

Ages: 4-7

Themes: Deportation, immigration, family

Synopsis: From Amazon:

When Estrella’s father has to leave because
he wasn’t born here, like her,
She misses him.
And she wishes people knew the way it affects her.
At home. At school.
But a school wrapped around a hundred-year-old oak tree is the perfect place to share and listen.
Some kids miss family,
Some kids are hungry,
Some kids live in shelters.

But nobody is alone.

A story about deportation, divided families, and the importance of community in the midst of uncertainty.

OH MY GOODNESS…this is a must-have book for schools and homes and libraries! And there is also a version in Spanish!

To find out more about the author:

Jackieazuakramer.com Twitter @jackiekramer422 Instagram


Photo courtesy: https://fourlittlefive.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/my-listening-ear/

Make a Pair of Listening Ears: Why not make a pair for each member of the family – and when your child feels he or she isn’t being listened to, they can grab the listening ears and give it to the person they want to talk with. Or make a game for the family – during story time or discussion time, everyone wears the listening ears except for the person who is speaking. For detailed instructions on how to make this craft: https://fourlittlefive.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/my-listening-ear/

Please remember that the best way to thank an author for a book that you love is to buy the book, review the book (reviews REALLY help), tell friends about the book, ask your local library to purchase copies for their collection.

And don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway! Did you ever feel you weren’t being listened to? Please share.

I hope you all have a beautiful weekend. Please stay safe and be well and stop by tomorrow when author Katie Frawley comes by to chat.