Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade by Stephanie Greene.
If you know any little girls who are about to start first grade, you must get them a copy of this book. It's the story of Posey, a little girl who would wear her pink tutu every day if she could. Posey is nervous about starting first grade, until she meets her teacher, Miss Lee--and gives her a wonderful idea about how to help the children feel comfortable on the first day.
Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade is a beautifully-written early chapter book. From Posey's feelings about her baby brother ... to the neighbor boys who tease her... to her shyness when she runs into her teacher outside of school, the story rings true. The vocabulary and sentence length are perfect for children who are just starting to read longer books on their own. And the charming illustrations by Stephanie Roth Sisson complement the text perfectly. If you like this one, the next Posey book--Princess Posey and the Perfect Present--will be out in March 2011.
The contest was sponsored by the wonderful bloggers at From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle-Grade Authors. Here's a link to their interview with Stephanie Greene.
And now for some cool facts:
Cool Fact #1: My maiden name was Posey.
Cool Fact #2: Author Stephanie Greene's mother, Constance Greene, is the author of Leo the Lioness, my absolute favorite book as a preteen.
Cool Fact #3: I can't wait to share this book with my students who are transitioning to first grade this year!
A big THANK YOU to Stephanie Greene and to the bloggers at From the Mixed-Up Files!