by Linda Leopold Strauss

Scholastic, $8.99, 24 pages

Preschool is a place where children learn to love school. Read Preschool Day Hooray! to any child getting ready for the first big day and they will be excited to start their new adventure. Author Linda Leopold Strauss writes in rhyme with words found in a child’s vocabulary. “Hi to teacher, coat on hook. Run to shelf and find a book.” Kids will see what happens during a typical day in preschool. Finger paints cover sticky hands and puzzles challenge growing brains. The playground is filled with running students, racing and chasing each other. Hiroe Nakata’s illustrations depict colorful images of cheerful children playing and meeting new friends. Nakata’s style is bright and kid friendly. He uses colors that make each page pop. Preschool teachers will benefit from sharing this book with new students to ease worries and encourage exploration. Learn about nap and snack time. Mats are a perfect place to rest between activities. Even if mom and dad build up school to be an exciting place, sometimes kids need something extra to convince them. After reading this book, there will be no doubt in your child’s mind that preschool is the place to be!

Reviewed by Eizabeth Franklin