Ready for Kindergarten

HarperCollins/Clarion. Jun. 2023. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780063321977.
PreS-K–Making the jump to kindergarten can be intimidating for children and caregivers alike, but it is also an exciting time of growth and independence. This book gives readers the encouragement and validation they need to be able to approach kindergarten with confidence. Additionally, it provides caregivers with tangible tools they can use to practice and reinforce critical concepts with their children. From body awareness and creativity, to the understanding of letters, numbers, colors, and shapes, there are many skills young children can improve upon that will embolden them the first day they step through the door to their kindergarten classroom. Preschool-aged readers will relish the design of this book as they show off all they know while reading it. Short phrases spoken directly to the reader encourage participation, and young children will love stepping into each page. A variety of characters appear in the illustrations, depicting several backgrounds and family types to ensure that readers will recognize themselves in the pages. Blocky, digitally rendered images embody the feeling of kindergarten while enhancing the visual appeal of the book. Additionally, a note at the end of the book gives caregivers practical and accessible steps to follow to support their child as they prepare for kindergarten, which is sure to be appreciated.
VERDICT Whether read aloud in classrooms or shared at home, this is an enjoyable and helpful tool to promote kindergarten readiness in young children.

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