Illustrations by Christian Robinson
It’s August--schools will be opening soon. Nervous? Watch “Frederick Douglass Elementary” being constructed and finished just in time. A man called Janitor gets it ready for its first day: placing the furniture, washing windows, buffing floors till they shine. But this is a story with a twist--the school’s worried about being invaded by kids. “You’ll like the children,” Janitor tells him. The school’s not so sure. Will the day be a success? Kids of all kinds come flooding in to meet teachers and make new friends. Follow Robinson’s patterned, crayon-bright illustrations to see lessons, games, lunchroom spills (and a few glitches like a surprise fire alarm). Children run everywhere, trying the school’s lockers, drinking fountains, and jungle gym. As the sun goes down, climb to the roof where the school admits he’s had an exciting day. Janitor tells him he’s lucky to be a school--and the school thinks Janitor’s probably right!
2016, Ages 4 to 7
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Recommended by: Barbara Talcroft
Barbara Talcroft reviews children’s books professionally for childrenslit.com and for Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database. She has a Master’s degree in International Children’s Literature. She also has many years’ experience as a teacher. Barbara is one of the founders of LANTERN and its past chairperson.