Parents | Raising readers & learners.

Home of Parent & Child Magazine

Countdown to Kindergarten

Countdown to Kindergarten

by Alison McGhee Illustrated by Harry Bliss

It's just ten days before kindergarten, and this little girl has heard all there is to know — from a "first grader" — about what it's going to be like. You can't bring your cat, you can't bring a stuffed animal, and the number one rule? You can't ask anyone for help. Ever. So what do you do when your shoes come untied, if you're the only one in the class who doesn't know how to tie them up again?

Told with gentle humor by Alison McGhee and brought to exuberant life by "New Yorker "cartoonist Harry Bliss, this lighthearted take on pre-kindergarten anxiety will bring a smile to the face of every child— and parent — having first-day jitters.

Ages
6, 7, 5
Interest Level
Grades K - 2
Grade Level Equivalent
1.5
Lexile Measure
380L
DRA
16
Guided Reading
I
Book Type
Counting and Number Book
Number of Pages
32
Genre
Comedy and Humor

About the Author and Illustrator

Alison McGhee Alison McGhee is the New York Times bestselling picture book Someday, as well as A very Brave Witch and her most recent, the middle grade book Julia Gillian (and the art of knowing).
Harry Bliss Harry Bliss is a cartoonist and cover artist for The New Yorker magazine.

The Reading Toolkit

Find Just-Right Books

Find Just-Right Books