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Back to school at Bookworm

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

Summer break is winding down in Eagle County, and soon kids will be introduced to new teachers, new friends and perhaps a new school. Before the school bell rings, get your little one off on the right foot by attending this evening’s Back to School story time at The Bookworm of Edwards.

The Bookworm’s children’s book specialist, Franny Gustafson, will host the event and get kids excited about the new school year.

The featured books are colorful, fun titles that deal with the typical joys and frustrations of starting school. From making friends and overcoming fears to grooving through the school day with style, the books chosen range from brand new releases to Gustafson’s personal favorites from childhood.

Kids and parents will also sing songs including the classic “wheels on the bus” and getting up to groove a bit, just like “Pete the Cat.”

“The Bookworm is an all-ages community gathering place,” Gustafson said. “I’m so pleased to offer story times aimed at our youngest customers. I believe the reading you do as a child, whether you’re listening to your favorite fairy tale or reading your first chapter book, is some of the most important reading you will ever do. Children’s books are able to ignite a lifelong passion for reading and inspire the imagination.”

“Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten!” by Hyewon Yum

It’s a child’s first day of kindergarten, but who is worried about all the new people and the different things he’ll meet – the child? No! The mother. In a refreshing reversal of roles, the child takes it upon himself to comfort and reassure his mother that everything will be fine, she’ll get used to him going to big-kid school and yes, he is ready for the first day of kindergarten.

Utterly charming in its simplicity, Yum playfully uses size and color to reveal emotions of this milestone beginning.

“Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes,” by Eric Litwin and James Dean

Pete the Cat is back – and this time he’s rocking in his school shoes. Pete discovers the library, the lunchroom, the playground and lots of other cool places at school. And no matter where he goes, Pete never stops moving and grooving and singing his song … because it’s all good.

“You Will Be My Friend,” by Peter Brown

Today is the day the exuberant Lucy is going to make a new friend! But she finds it’s harder than she had thought – she accidentally ruins the giraffe’s breakfast and is much too big for the frogs’ pond. Just when she’s about to give up, an unexpected friend finds her and loves her just the way she is. This heartwarming story offers a unique and humor-filled spin on the all-important themes of persistence and friendship.

“Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come,” by Nancy Carlson

The first day of kindergarten is finally here, and Henry can’t wait to paint pictures, sing songs and practice counting. When he gets to school, though, he’s not so sure he’s ready for kindergarten. But before long, Henry discovers that the only thing he’s not ready for is how much fun he’s going to have at school! This gently humorous, encouraging story will give children about to enter kindergarten an extra boost of


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