A New School Year: Stories in Six Voices
By Sally Derby
Illustrated by Mika Song
Charlesbridge, 2017. Picture Book.
Starting school involves a lot of different emotions. It can be exciting and scary all at the same time. Derby uses six different children's voices, Kindergarten through 6th grade, to describe the feelings the day before school starts, the first day of school, and after school. The children come from different family styles, sizes, and cultures. Each child has their own set of things they are nervous about and it is interesting to see how their fears are subsided. It would be an excellent book to share with a child before they start school to show how everyone gets a little nervous about different things.