ABC-Cover400ABC SCHOOL’S FOR ME (Scholastic Press, 2015)
by Susan B. Katz, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger

“In verse that never misses a beat, Katz describes familiar classroom activities for each letter of the alphabet.” – Publisher’s Weekly

“Katz’s rhythms and rhymes are spot-on, and she tackles the tough letters with aplomb.” – Kirkus Reviews

“ABC perfection!” – Pen Pals & Picture Books

Get ready for school with this clever, rhyming alphabet story. This book helps little ones celebrate all that is exciting about a school day. Cuddle up with your little bear and enjoy this rhyming read-aloud chock-full of the ABCs of school.

There’s so much alphabet to explore!

Alphabet from A to Z.
Books that are just right for me.
Crayons for coloring in my hand.
Dump trucks playing in the sand.

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Reviews for ABC, SCHOOL'S For Me

Kirkus

“Katz’s rhythms and rhymes are spot-on, and she tackles the tough letters with aplomb.”

Anthropomorphized bears lead readers on a rhyming ABC tour through some typical
school-day sights and activities. “Alphabet from A to Z, // Books that are just right for me. / Crayons for coloring, in my hand, /Dump trucks, playing in the sand.” The featured letter is highlighted in a color so readers can pick it out from the otherwise black type. Katz’s rhythms and rhymes are spot-on, and she tackles the tough letters with aplomb: “imagination,” “quacks” (during a game of duck, duck, goose), “upstairs,” “xylophones” (kindergarten being one of the only places these instruments are commonplace), and “zipping” up backpacks. From food and special classes to playing and getting along with friends, it’s all here, even a “Visit to the potty, proud.” Munsinger’s watercolors show a classroom full of adorable bears working hard at whatever they are doing, whether that’s using glitter and glue, trying to jump rope, or tracing letters. With few exceptions, though, their faces all show similar expressions of happiness, which doesn’t reflect the reality of a kindergarten classroom full of diverse personalities. Deborah Lee Rose’s The Twelve Days of Kindergarten (2003), illustrated by Carey Armstrong-Ellis, does a much better job of that and mixes in humor as well. A fun-to-read-aloud introduction to kindergarten, if not the top of the heap.

Publisher’s Weekly

“In verse that never misses a beat, Katz describes familiar classroom activities for each letter of the alphabet.”

A group of bears celebrates a full day at school in this cheery alphabet book. In verse that never misses a beat, Katz describes familiar classroom activities for each letter of the alphabet: “Kitchen during free-choice hour,/ Letter blocks that build a tower!/ Magnets to be traced in pen,/ Numbers— I can count to ten!” Munsinger’s always cozy paintings emphasize cooperation and fun as the bears play with glitter, jump rope, play an outdoor game of “duck, duck, goose,” and listen attentively during a read-aloud session with their teacher. It all adds up to an energetic outing with plenty of parallels to preschoolers’ and kindergarteners’ own school days. Ages 3–5.

Pen Pals & Picture Books

“ABC perfection!”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Offers parents a functional primer for their classroom-bound little learners."

For a fun picture book that covers the basics of school readiness, Susan B. Katz’s “ABC School’s For Me” (Scholastic, ages 3-6) offers a simple celebration of kindergarten in rhyming couplets.
Lynn Munsinger’s endearing illustrations depict the daily adventures of a classroom full of little bears as the alphabet guides readers through a typical day at school: “Alphabet from A to Z, Books that are just right for me. Crayons for coloring in my hand, Dump trucks, playing in the sand.” The intrepid kindergartners take on the basics such as letters, numbers and messy art projects. But we also see them working to master more nuanced skills: waiting in line for the water fountain, playing Duck, Duck, Goose and riding the school bus. Alphabet books with rhyming words can serve as an excellent tool for strengthening skills like letter knowledge and phonological awareness. Both of these are fundamental elements of early literacy. “ABC School’s For Me” offers parents a functional primer for their classroom-bound little learners. But even kids who have already braved the first day of school will enjoy reviewing the riveting routines of kindergarten — and chiming in on the rhymes that describe their everyday activities.

 

Great Kid Books

"Her rhymes have grace and rhythm that are lovely to read aloud,"

As your little ones come home from their first few days of school, do they talk much about it? Or do you have to poke and prod to find out about their school day? In either case, Susan Katz’s newest picture book is a delightful way to celebrate and talk about the school day for preschoolers and kindergartners.

With delightful rhyming couplets, Katz celebrates playful school activities from a typical preschool or kindergarten day. She uses the alphabet to guide the story, starting each line with a different letter which is highlighted in bold block print. But the real delight comes from the adorable bears parading through their day….

Katz moves easily from dump trucks to jumping rope, building letter block towers, playing with paper puppets and waiting in line. Her rhymes have grace and rhythm that are lovely to read aloud and never overwhelm the pictures. The best description of this book came from my 11 year old: “It’s a first-day-of-school stress reliever.” I couldn’t have said it better myself. Enjoy and delight in seeing what your little one talks about or notices.

Video with song for ABC SCHOOL'S FOR ME

ABC, School’s For Me by Susan B. Katz, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger, music by Julia Bordenaro

ABC, School’s For Me by Susan B. Katz, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger, music by Julia Bordenaro