Mae's First Day of School (Hardcover)

By Kate Berube

Harry N. Abrams, 9781419723254, 32pp.

Publication Date: July 10, 2018

List Price: 16.99*
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About the Author

Kate Berube is the author and illustrator of Hannah and Sugar, which was hailed as “a marvelous picture book debut with an achingly authentic story of fear conquered” in a starred review by Publishers Weekly. She lives in Portland, Oregon.


Praise For Mae's First Day of School

"Berube's story takes its protagonist's fears seriously, and even though young readers are likely to anticipate the story's outcome, its respect for their emotions is clear . . . A sweet affirmation of jitters and comfort in numbers."

— Kirkus Reviews

"Berube (Hannah and Sugar) is an astute and funny portraitist of children’s anxieties, and the first day of school is tailor-made for her talents."

— Publishers Weekly

"While children reluctant to start school may feel unspoken anxiety, this reassuring narrative gives the characters time to express the specific fears, consider them, and dispel them. Rather childlike in its simplicity, freshness, and direct approach, the appealing mixed-media artwork uses strong lines to define the characters and settings, while color washes brighten the scenes and crayon-like marks add texture. A reassuring, gently amusing picture book for children anticipating (or remembering) their first day of school."

— Booklist

"Best of all, the story doesn’t trivialize Mae and Rosie’s fears and takes time to affirm the bravery necessary to take a big step such as going to school for the first time."

— School Library Journal