Lola Goes to School

Lola Goes to School

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Coming June 11, 2019. Preorder now!

By: Anna McQuinn/ Illustrated by: Rosalind Beardshaw

It's Lola's first day of school, and she's ready!

Lola and her family prepare the night before for the first day of school - she picks out her outfit and packs her bag. Then in the morning they take pictures and head to class. Lola puts her things into her cubby, chooses her activities, reads, plays, and has a snack. Before she knows it, it's time to sing the goodbye song and rush into Mommy's arms for a warm reunion. A comforting, cheerful read that demystifies the school day for preschoolers and kindergarteners. 

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Author & Illustrator Bios:

Anna McQuinn, author

Anna McQuinn has worked in children's books for more than thirty years as an editor, publisher, and writer. She has written more than twenty books for children, including the Lola Reads series. Anna has extensive experience running groups for young children and their parents at her local library. She lives in Ireland. 

Rosalind Beardshaw, illustrator

Rosalind Beardshaw grew up in England. From a young age, she often spent rainy afternoons visiting art galleries. Rosalind has illustrated many books for children, including Mole's Babies, Just Right for Christmas, and The Best Present. She lives in England.

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Kirkus Reviews

After years of everyday joys with McQuinn and Beardshaw's Lola, readers now watch her start school. It "will be a bit like story time at the library, but Lola will stay by herself." The little black girl "knows what to expect" because she's visited the school with her mom. She is prepared with gifts from loved ones—"fun pencils" from Nana, a water bottle from Ty. The night before her "big day," Lola lays out her outfit. In the morning, she tucks her stuffed kitty, Dinah, in her bag and poses for a snapshot. In the classroom, Miss Suzan, a white woman, shows her where to put her things. Lola spends time reading with her friend Julia, who has pale skin and black hair, and then they play dress-up. Her mom sits for a while before saying goodbye. After snack time and more play, there is circle time. Of course, "Lola knows the song and all the motions." Picking Lola up at the end of the day, Mommy hugs her daughter. Beardshaw's soft, slightly smudgy illustrations allow young readers to focus on one cozy moment at a time. Even at this milestone, Lola still appears quite tiny, and the text is no more complex than in previous books, making this a seamless transition from Lola's younger days to her new life in school. Both perfect for Lola fans and likely to earn her ever more readers.


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ISBN: 978-1-58089-938-3

ISBN: 978-1-63289-795-4 EPUB

ISBN: 978-1-63289-796-1 PDF

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Ages: 2-5
Page count: 32
83/8 x 95/8 

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