Thursday, August 20, 2009

Kick off to Kindergarten: The Night Before Kindergarten

We are avid readers in this house, and our book shelf is filled with a little of everything. When any new experience comes up, we try our best to find a book that explains it to our son. Reading about new places and new experiences usually helps to calm his fears.

We recently had the chance to read The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing. The book follows kids as they get ready for school, head off for their first day, and find out what the classroom is really like.
Set to the rhythm of The Night Before Christmas, the story is easy to read, and held my 5 year old's attention very well. While reading it together, he continually asked questions, allowing me to understand some of his worries about starting school. Once I finished reading, he asked me to read it again.

We spent almost an hour reading the book together, answering questions, and talking about what school will be like. Each time the story ended, he got so excited at the last page:
The children all waved
from the door of the school.

"Don't cry, Mom and Dad;

kindergarten is cool!"


He asked if I would be lonely without him here, if kindergarten was really that fun, if I would be there to get him at the end of the day. The Night Before Kindergarten is truly a great way to open up communication with your little one. It lets them bring up any questions they may have.

Wing has also written many other Night Before books, including The Night Before Summer Vacation, The Night Before Halloween, and The Night Before First Grade, among others. She has also authored Go to Bed, Monster!, An Eye for Color, and Jalapeno Bagels. You can see a full list of her books over at her site.

Win it!
I have a copy of The Night Before Kindergarten to giveaway to one lucky reader.

To enter:
Check out Natasha Wing's site and let me know one book you'd like to read (besides the one I'm giving away). And leave a way to contact you!

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*This is part of my Kick off to Kindergarten Party. Be on the look out for more posts, reviews & giveaways throughout the week!

29 comments:

JosiahsMommy said...

What a great idea for a book! I think I'd like "an Eye for color" too. Cute cover!

JosiahsMommy said...

Following you on blogger.

JosiahsMommy said...

Following on Twitter. (I can't believe I wasn't already! Lol)

Marina said...

I love the Night before the New baby. What lovely books!

Marina said...

I now follow you....yay!

Whitney said...

They have some adorable books. I think "Pearl vs. Tooth Fairy" would be super cute. Thanks for sharing this website!

Nad said...

Go To Bed, Monster! looks super cute. Thanks for the chance!

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Nad said...

I follow your blog.

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I follow on Twitter - naughtynad

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Night Owl Mama said...

The Night before the Tooth Fairy looks really cute

Night Owl Mama said...

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Simply Being Mommy said...

She has some really great books! I think my children would like Go To Bed, Monster!.

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Simply Being Mommy said...

I'm following you on blogger.

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auntrene said...

I think my daycare kiddos would enjoy reading JalapeƱo Bagels. Thanks for the chance
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auntrene said...

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auntrene said...

I follow you on Twitter

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I tweeted on Twitter

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Kim said...

I would love this: Pearl vs. the Tooth Fairy

Kim said...

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Nancy said...

I'd like to read An Eye for Color, another one of her books.

Nancy
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Kasey@allthingsmamma.com said...

I think they all look cute...but I think "Pearl vs the tooth fairy" or any of "night before" books

Kasey@AllThingsMamma said...

Following you
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windycindy said...

There are many of her books that our family would enjoy together! I would really like The Night Before
Thanksgiving. Many thanks, Cindi
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windycindy said...

I follow you on blogger!
Again, many thanks.....Cindi
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windycindy said...

Also, I follow you on Twitter!
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Thanks, Cindi
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Veronica said...

I really like "Go to Bed Monster" That is definitely something I would read to my children. Thanks for a great giveaway :)