Friday, August 16, 2019

Two New Picture Books from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group That are Perfect for Back to School (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent review copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group

Are your kids back to school yet?  Most kids here in New England will start back next week, and many parents are scrambling to get last minute school supplies and clothes for their kids for their first day of school.  While Back to School can be stressful for both kids and adults, it can also be a great time to make a point and slow down and enjoy a little one on one time with your kids, especially at bedtime.  Kids may feel overwhelmed and nervous about having a new teacher or attending a new school without their old friends. But, simply making the time to sit and talk to your kids about the school year ahead, can ease their worries.  And, when you are done talking, why not sit together and read a new book?  My girls, even though they are reading chapter books on their own, love it when I read to them at bedtime.  They like the special one on one time, and extra snuggles, and it makes going to bed easier, as kids are more relaxed and ready to call it a day, after the last page is read.  Here are two cute new pictures books from the folks at Macmillan Children's Publishing Group that are worth checking out and picking up to share with your kids, as they gear up for the new school year ahead. 

About this book:

"If animals went to school, what would they do? Fox would head to the story nook, Lemur would climb the jungle gym at recess, and Ms. Cheetah would teach them shapes and letters. Beaver wouldn't want to go at first . . . but then he wouldn't want to leave! In this next installment in Ann Whitford Paul and David Walker's successful series, following If Animals Kissed Good Night and If Animals Said I Love You, little readers can imagine how animals would spend a day in the classroom."

About this book:

"Ever wonder why there’s a little pink eraser on every pencil? Find out in this funny, clever picture book that tells the true story of how Pencil and Eraser became the best of friends.
When Pencil draws on the pages of this book, Eraser erases parts of Pencil’s work, and the book itself becomes a canvas for their different takes on creativity―until the two discover their artwork is even better when they work together.
From Karen Kilpatrick, Luis O. Ramos, Jr., and illustrator Germ├ín Blanco, When Pencil Met Eraser brings to life something kids use every day at school and at home. Engaging art, adorable characters, and a clever ending create a memorable message about friendship and creativity."

We have only had these two picture books for a little over a week, but I have already read them to my girls almost a dozen times.  They both enjoyed the "school-themed" stories, and fun illustrations.  And, it made looking forward to going to bed and having one of these books read to them, that much more enjoyable, and less stressful.  I didn't have to worry about the girls needing more time to read on their own, or not feeling tired. When they knew we were reading these books, they got their hygiene's done and were ready in bed, waiting for me to come tuck them in and read these cute stories to them.  

While the IF ANIMALS WENT TO SCHOOL is geared more towards the younger children, the WHEN PENCIL MET ERASER is one even older elementary school aged kids will enjoy. I really liked how the WHEN PENCIL MET ERASER shared the positive message about teamwork, and being sure you are prepared with your school supplies for the new school year.

As far as the IF ANIMALS WENT TO SCHOOL, both of my girls liked the story and all the cute and cuddly animals that filled the pages of this new picture book. This book is great at helping ease the nerves and back to school jitters for young children, including those going off to full-time school for the first time.

I could go on and on about how much fun my girls had with these two new picture books. But, instead, why don't you pick them up and share with your kids, and see why we love them so much? I know they will be a hit with your family, as they have been with mine.

Disclosure:  I was sent review copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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