Book: “A New First Day” by Elena Grant
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Blogger’s Note: Thank you to the author for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book is exactly what teachers and parents need in their hands right now!
This children’s story follows a young child on her first day back to school as she encounters all of the new changes relating to the Corona Virus. The child feels nervous and a little scared. There are many unfamiliar things and with things like new rules about masks and the virus looming, stress is inevitable. As she goes throughout her day… she interacts with teachers and students and then learns that the fun of school is still the same even though education might look a little different.
With COVID lingering, Author @elena_grant_designer has created this book to stimulate conversations and open up a safe space for kids and parents to talk about school and the impact of the Corona virus. It is clear that the author is a teacher (and most likely an excellent one!) because she does a great job of inserting situations into the story that will prompt young kids to identify with the book and allow them to feel more comfortable talking about the current pandemic.
This book has:
✅Simple to follow storyline
✅Great discussion questions 🗣
The only thing that I wish is that I had read this book with my little ones sooner!
Recommendations: This book belongs in every classroom with young students and in every family library that has young kids! Don’t forget to go through the guided discussion questions after reading in order to make the most of this learning experience!