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The Best Book Ever (This Week)

Here’s a stack of books about school we think you’ll love, including stories about class pets on the loose, how your school feels on its first day of school, and an unusual pair of pen pals.

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Reviewer Spotlight

Special thanks to Eden (age 7) from California for her review of Dragon Was Terrible, written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli.

Books Reviewed on this Episode

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School’s First Day of School
by Adam Rex;
illustrated by Christian Robinson
Roaring Brook Press

Dear Dragon: A Pen Pal Tale
by Josh Funk;
illustrated by Rodolfo Montalvo
Viking Books for Young Readers

Hey, Coach!
by Linda Ashman;
illustrated by Kim Smith
Sterling Children’s Books

The Great Pet Escape

by Victoria Jamieson
Henry Holt & Company

My Friend Maggie
by Hannah E. Harrison
Dial Books

A Tiger Tail: (Or What Happened to Anya on Her First Day of School)

by Mike Boldt
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Dragon Was Terrible
by Kelly DiPucchio;
illustrated by Greg Pizzoli
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Thank You

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About the Author

Matthew Winner


Matthew Winner is an elementary library media specialist in Elkridge, Maryland. He is is the co-founder and content director of All The Wonders, a children’s literature website and more, and host of the Let's Get Busy podcast, a weekly podcast where Matthew talks to authors, illustrators, award winners, up-and-comers, and everyone in between. In 2013 Matthew was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker and was invited to the White House as part of the Champions of Change program. For more information, connect with Matthew on Twitter at @MatthewWinner .

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