How to Get Your Teacher Ready

Jean Reagan, illus. by Lee Wildish. Knopf, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-553-53825-0

“You’re ready for the first day of school. But what about your teacher?” Having previously explored how to take care of moms, dads, and grandparents, Reagan and Wildish zip readers through a school year’s worth of advice, from making sure that one’s teacher is prepared for school picture day (“Remind your teacher, ‘No messy snacks’ ”) to handing her a favorite book to read when things don’t go as planned. Wildish’s vivid palette and cast of round-headed kids and adults emphasize the chaos and camaraderie of the classroom, and Reagan’s enthusiastic narrative essentially makes school feel like one big party. Ages 4–8. [em]Author’s agent: Jamie Weiss Chilton, Andrea Brown Literary. Illustrator’s agent: Vicki Willden-Lebrecht, Bright Literary. (July) [/em]
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