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“K is for Kindergarten” by Erin Dealey, illustrated by Joseph Cowman c.2017, Sleeping Bear Press, $16.99 / $19.99 Canada, 32 pages

It’s official: you’re a Big Kid now!

Each week, it seems like you’re learning so many new things. You can tie your shoes, say your A-B-Cs, and make your own snacks. You help with chores around the house or maybe watch your little brother – all things that Big Kids know how to do. And in “K is for Kindergarten” by Erin Dealey, illustrated by Joseph Cowman, you’ve got some big excitement coming…

“K is for Kindergarten” by Erin Dealey, illustrated by Joseph Cowman c.2017, Sleeping Bear Press, $16.99 / $19.99 Canada, 32 pages

For months and months, you’ve been waiting for the day to come. A is for “At Last!” Finally, it’s time to go to school, starting with Kindergarten – but do you know what happens?

Well, the night before, you’ll go to bed early because S is for Sleep and even big kids need lots of that. Wake up, eat breakfast, brush your teeth, get dressed, and you may ride a bus where you’ll see smiling F is for Faces that you might even know!

This shouldn’t give you the J is for Jitters. Kindergarten is fun and there’s lots to do so don’t be scared to leave your stuffies behind. E is for Elephant but yours has to stay home.

Once you get to school, you’ll have a “Terrific Teacher” (that’s what T is for), who is V for “Very busy.” She’ll show you where the toys and activities are: B is for “bouncing balls at recess.” C is for coloring, G is for Games, O and P are for Outside Playground, where you’ll play with your new friends.

Of course, Kindergarten is fun but it’s also work. You’ll be expected to follow the D for Directions because it’s important in every classroom. So is L for listening and knowing your Letters. H is for raising your Hand when you have a question. Q for Quiet that’s needed for reading time and for paying attention.

Practice all those things and your teacher will say “W is for WOW!”

Four days ago (or so it seems), your child was a babe in arms.

The day before yesterday, he was just learning to walk.

Today, your baby is heading to school and “K is for Kindergarten” will make both of you feel confident about this next big step.

There’s a lot, in fact, to like about this book, for you and for your child: author Erin Dealey and illustrator Joseph Cowman fill each page with cute rhymes and colorful, silly drawings to go with them. Those parts of this book show kids the fun of kindergarten, as well as the serious basics they’ll learn on their way to being good students. Hidden in the illustrations are tiny details and a find-it game they’ll love.

For parents, Dealey and Cowman offer “Kinder Countdown” and “Kinder Challenge” on many pages. Those are activities to do with your child and conversation-starters, as well as tips to make it a great school year. Yes, smaller children may be interested in this book but its audience is targeted: for your late-4-to-early-6-year-old, “K is for Kindergarten” may be a pretty Big Deal.

Terri Schlichenmeyer