Back to School

Today was an exciting day in our home:  The First Day of School

My boys dressed in their new school clothes, grabbed their bookbags filled with new supplies, and headed off to new beginnings. 

I then, anxious to get back to my own school year routine, grabbed a cup of coffee and a stack of new picture books from my local librarian.

I never made it past the first title, The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco.  Beginning with the first day of school, the story describes a year spent in a very special class with an extraordinary teacher and her extraordinary students.

This book encompasses so many of the emotions we experience as school-age children. 

For teachers, it is a perfect opportunity to encourage your students to celebrate their differences and the wonder that lies within each one.  As you begin this school year, I strongly recommend this book, not only as an inspiring read aloud, but also to serve as a personal reminder of the potential within each child sitting in your classroom.

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