Oliver and His Alligator by Paul Schmid


Oliver is a little insecure about his first day of school, so he brings an alligator in for reinforcement. While the alligator takes care of one scary thing after another, Oliver starts to realize school might not be so bad. But he has to decide before everything is devoured!

Readers will identify with Oliver’s fears and eat up Paul Schmid’s adorable pastel illustrations.


Oliver and His Alligator by Paul Schmid; Disney (Hyperion); 15.99; Ages 3-6


Skippyjon Jones Class Action

Skippyjon Jones Class Action

Yet another fabulous, fantastic,  funny tale about Skippyjon Jones! This time, the lovable Spanish-speaking, Siamese gato (who thinks he is a Chihuahua perro) wants to go to school! Join Skippy and his amigos, Los Chimichangos, as they face the “woolly bully,” attend doggy classes, and sing some silly songs! With masterful rhyme and humor, Schachner is sure to delight chicos y chicas of all ages!

Check out a preview webisode of the book below!

Skippyjon Jones Class Action by Judy Schachner; 2011; Dutton Children’s Books; Ages 3-6

Patrick’s Book of the Day 08/29/09

Mrs. Spritzer's Garden CoverMrs. Spitzer’s Garden by Edith Pattou (Ages 3-6)

Every year in September Mrs. Spitzer begins to tend her garden to ensure that all the small plants get a good start and grow up healthy.  She knows that some plants are showy and some plants are shy, some need special attention and care, and others just sprout right up on their own.  All year long Mrs. Spitzer tends her garden. When June arrives, she puts away her tools for the summer. Her daily calendar and plan book await new seedlings for the next year!

This is a delightful and sweet story from the author of young adult fantasy novels such as Fire and Hero’s Song. The analogy of the teacher as gardener and students as her plants makes for an endearing story that will bring a smile to any special teacher or little one in your life.

Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden by Edith Pattou; 2001; Harcourt Books; $9.95

Rebeka’s pick of the day 8/24/09

Marley Goes to School

Marley Goes to School by John Grogan (ages 3-6)

Whether you are heading back to school this September or not, you will love this hilarious follow-up to the bestselling Bad Dog, Marley! and A Very Marley Christmas. Cassie is all ready to go to her first day of school and Marley doesn’t quite understand why he can’t go with her.  When he decides to dig his way out of the back yard and sniff his way to school to find her, you can imagine the kind of mischief and trouble that only Marley could find at school.  Whether he is freeing mice from science class or sneaking hot dogs from the cafeteria you can be sure that Marley is having a great time when he goes to school!

Marley Goes to School; John Grogan; $17.99; originally pub. 2009; Harper Collins Publishers