A New School Year<br><font size=2>Stories in Six Voices

A New School Year
Stories in Six Voices

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Coming June 27, 2017. Pre-order now!

By: Sally Derby / Illustrated by: Mika Song

New shoes! New binders! New school year!

In a unique narrative, readers meet a diverse group of six children ranging in age from Kindergarten through fifth grade. With nerves and excitement each child gears up for a new school year by hustling in the morning, meeting new teachers and new classmates during the day, and heading home with homework and relief by day’s end.

Simple, bright illustrations focus on each child and his/her worries, hopes, and successes on the first day of school.

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Author & Illustrator Bios:

Sally Derby, author

Sally is the author of many books for children, including Kyle’s Island, Sunday Shopping (Lee & Low), Jump Back, Paul: The Life and Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar (Candlewick), and No Mush Today (Lee & Low). Sally lives in Dayton, Ohio.

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Mika Song, illustrator

Mika Song is a children's writer/illustrator who grew up in Manila, Philippines, and Honolulu, Hawaii, before moving to New York to study animation at Pratt Institute. She is the author/illustrator of Tea with Oliver.

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Editorial Reviews:

Publishers Weekly

Through 24 sensitive poems, Derby (Jump Back, Paul) presents six students' perspectives before, during, and after the first day of school. The children represent different grades, kindergarten through fifth, and their perspectives, voices, and concerns are realistically varied. "We were making calendars/for September,/and all my twos were backward," confesses Katie, a mortified second grader. fourth grader Carlos, whose poems are dotted with Spanish, worries that there aren't any other kids with "brownish skin/and black hair like mine" in his class. And fifth grader Mia, who uses hearing aids, winds up at a desk near the door "where the hall sounds get in the way of what I need to hear." Set against white backgrounds, Song's (Harry and Clare's Amazing Staycation) spare ink-and-watercolor images focus on the kids, and their body language and expressions dovetail gracefully with the interior worlds painted in Derby's poetry.


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ISBN: 978-1-58089-730-3

ISBN: 978-1-60734-975-4 EPUB
ISBN: 978-1-60734-976-1 PDF
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Ages: 5-9
Page count: 48
83/8 x 95/8

Correlated to Common Core State Standards:
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Literature. Grade 1. Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Literature. Grade 2. Standards 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10

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