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Bunny Braves the Day

A First-Day-of-School Story

Suzanne Bloom


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When a little bunny is nervous about starting school, his big sister hops right in to help him tackle his first-day jitters.

It's the first day of school, and little Bunny feels like something is flip-flopping in his belly. He won't know anyone. He doesn't know how to tie his shoes or how to read. And what if no one likes him? Can Bunny's sister convince him that the first day won't be a horrible disaster? Award-winning author and illustrator Suzanne Bloom's signature gentle humor, exuberant characters, and reassuring message will resonate with every child who has similar anxiety about the first day of school.

Praise For Bunny Braves the Day: A First-Day-of-School Story

"A small bunny uses every excuse to avoid the first day of school. From an upper bunk, an older bunny peeks over the edge, excited: 'Up and at ’em, Bunny Lump.' But the younger one isn’t having it. 'I’m too tired'; 'What if no one likes me?'; 'My socks are too short'; 'My tummy hurts.' The older sib has some solid suggestions, from packing a favorite stuffed animal to wearing something that will calm the jitters, like their own glittery shoes. Faces and body language are expressive... share with those who will be shepherding and calming their own younger siblings on their first days." —Kirkus Reviews

"What’s a bunny to do on day one of school when he frets that no one will like him, he can’t tie his shoes, and he can’t read? He can listen to his authoritative but empathic older sister, who...patiently assuages Bunny’s fears with reminiscences of her own first-day nerves. (A) heartening sibling tale accompanied by warm mixed-media pictures." — Publishers Weekly 

Boyds Mills Press, 9781684378128, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 18, 2020

About the Author

Suzanne Bloom is the author-illustrator of the ever-popular Goose and Bear series, including the Geisel Honor book A Splendid Friend, Indeed, as well as many books outside the series, such as I Just Like You, The Bus for Us, and A Mighty Fine Time Machine. Visit