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'Twas the night before kindergarten, and as they prepared, kids were excited, and a little bit scared. It's the first day of school! Join the kids as they prepare for kindergarten, packing school supplies, posing for pictures, and the hardest part of all—saying goodbye to Mom and Dad. But maybe it won't be so hard once they discover just how much fun kindergarten really is! C 'Twas the night before kindergarten, and as they prepared, kids were excited, and a little bit scared. It's the first day of school! Join the kids as they prepare for kindergarten, packing school supplies, posing for pictures, and the hardest part of all—saying goodbye to Mom and Dad. But maybe it won't be so hard once they discover just how much fun kindergarten really is! Colorful illustrations illuminate this uplifting takeoff on the classic Clement C. Moore Christmas poem.


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'Twas the night before kindergarten, and as they prepared, kids were excited, and a little bit scared. It's the first day of school! Join the kids as they prepare for kindergarten, packing school supplies, posing for pictures, and the hardest part of all—saying goodbye to Mom and Dad. But maybe it won't be so hard once they discover just how much fun kindergarten really is! C 'Twas the night before kindergarten, and as they prepared, kids were excited, and a little bit scared. It's the first day of school! Join the kids as they prepare for kindergarten, packing school supplies, posing for pictures, and the hardest part of all—saying goodbye to Mom and Dad. But maybe it won't be so hard once they discover just how much fun kindergarten really is! Colorful illustrations illuminate this uplifting takeoff on the classic Clement C. Moore Christmas poem.

30 review for The Night Before Kindergarten

  1. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    I read this as the anticipatory set for an expository writing activity that will see my fourth graders paired with a kindergartener for an activity. This book follows the pattern of Clement Clarke Moore's "'Twas the Night Before Christmas". Interestingly, my students did not pick up on that nor did they recognize the poem once it was pointed out to them. Sigh . . . This is a typical book of the anxiety of going off to school for the first time. Of course, most students these days have been in pr I read this as the anticipatory set for an expository writing activity that will see my fourth graders paired with a kindergartener for an activity. This book follows the pattern of Clement Clarke Moore's "'Twas the Night Before Christmas". Interestingly, my students did not pick up on that nor did they recognize the poem once it was pointed out to them. Sigh . . . This is a typical book of the anxiety of going off to school for the first time. Of course, most students these days have been in preschool, so the traditional arrival at kindergarten is no longer what it once was. Nevertheless, this was a fine introduction to our project.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Grace Huey

    No help needed: crayons, closets, sparkling, spaceship, worried, darlings, painted, beginning, surprise, kindergarten Help needed: erasers, outfits, boarding, exclaimed, greeted, invited, midmorning, sunrise, giant, wondering, appear

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    The Night Before Kindergarten is a children's picture book written by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Julie Durrel. It is a book that shows families getting ready for the first day of school – specifically kindergarten. As today is the day before the first day of school, I thought reading this book would be apropos to my nieces, particularly the middle one, who is heading off to kindergarten. Wing's text is simplistic and lyrical. It is written in the style of "The Night Before Christmas". The po The Night Before Kindergarten is a children's picture book written by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Julie Durrel. It is a book that shows families getting ready for the first day of school – specifically kindergarten. As today is the day before the first day of school, I thought reading this book would be apropos to my nieces, particularly the middle one, who is heading off to kindergarten. Wing's text is simplistic and lyrical. It is written in the style of "The Night Before Christmas". The poem was written especially well and follows the rhythm and style of the original poem extremely well. Durrel's illustrations are wonderfully depicted, albeit a tad cartoonish, but represented the text and tone rather well. The premise of the book is rather straightforward. It is the day before the first day of kindergarten and families are getting their children ready for it. When the day comes, the children are surprised that there won’t be any nap time, but quickly forget it and have fun. The parents, however, feared separation anxiety had nothing to fear as the kindergarteners declare that school is cool. All in all, The Night Before Kindergarten is a wonderful children's book done in the style of "The Night Before Christmas". It is a story about families getting ready for school – particularly kindergarten and the worries that both parent and child may have.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Heidi-Marie

    Not the book I was looking for to help my stepdaughter in prepping to begin Kindergarten. It isn't bad. But it seemed too repetitive of other books I was finding. And right now I am keeping away from books that are very obviously mother and father together. She is still grasping that her mother and father once WERE together and now adding me into the picture. Since her night before kindergarten will not have a mother and father figure together to help her prep, I thought it best to just set this Not the book I was looking for to help my stepdaughter in prepping to begin Kindergarten. It isn't bad. But it seemed too repetitive of other books I was finding. And right now I am keeping away from books that are very obviously mother and father together. She is still grasping that her mother and father once WERE together and now adding me into the picture. Since her night before kindergarten will not have a mother and father figure together to help her prep, I thought it best to just set this one aside.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Frankie S

    Great book for the night before I started kindergarten!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    This book is quite cute and would be a great book to read to your students on the first day of school. It talks about getting ready for school and all the wonderful routines students will go through every night to prepare for school the following day. It would even be a great book for parents to read their children to calm their worries about entering school. This book talks about picking out school supplies, your favorite outfit and making your lunch for school. It is quite a great book, howeve This book is quite cute and would be a great book to read to your students on the first day of school. It talks about getting ready for school and all the wonderful routines students will go through every night to prepare for school the following day. It would even be a great book for parents to read their children to calm their worries about entering school. This book talks about picking out school supplies, your favorite outfit and making your lunch for school. It is quite a great book, however I did find one major issue with it. Unfortunately, the book follows the idea of the famous Christmas book, T’was the Night Before Christmas. Had the book not followed this I would say that it would be perfect for the first day of school, but because it does, I don’t know that I would read it because it may be against your schools policy. Overall, if it were up to me I would love to read this book. It is great to note that they have a book for many of the grade levels of teaching, so you should look into the other books available.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kiera Turner

    This book reminds me of when I was in elementary school and the night before the first day of school I was so excited that I couldn't even sleep! I think this would be a great book to include in a Kindergarten classroom teachers welcome packet because every child feels this way on the first day of school. This book could also be used in rhyming word lessons because there were tons of rhyming words! This book reminds me of when I was in elementary school and the night before the first day of school I was so excited that I couldn't even sleep! I think this would be a great book to include in a Kindergarten classroom teachers welcome packet because every child feels this way on the first day of school. This book could also be used in rhyming word lessons because there were tons of rhyming words!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tymia Woods

    When I read this book I thought about all of my first days of school in my early years. I was as excited as all of the children in the book. I remember how I would pick out my clothes the night before and get my backpack and everything ready also. It was really funny and interesting the parents were more anxious than the children. My mother was not like that however.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Erum Abbasi

    The Night Before Kindergarten. Picture book ( ISBN 9780448425009) Author Natasha Wing depicted a very relatable situation which most of the kids feel before going to Kindergarten. This book originally published in July 9, 2001. Its genre is fiction. Illustrators are Natasha Wing and Julie Durrell. I think it is very relatable. It is all about the night before kindergarten, and as kids get ready, they are excited, and a little bit scared. It's the first day of Kindergarten. Packing school supplies, The Night Before Kindergarten. Picture book ( ISBN 9780448425009) Author Natasha Wing depicted a very relatable situation which most of the kids feel before going to Kindergarten. This book originally published in July 9, 2001. Its genre is fiction. Illustrators are Natasha Wing and Julie Durrell. I think it is very relatable. It is all about the night before kindergarten, and as kids get ready, they are excited, and a little bit scared. It's the first day of Kindergarten. Packing school supplies, posing and smiling for the pictures, hiding their nervousness and showing excitement and the hardest moment of all saying good bye to parents. After spending their first day in Kindergarten children realize that it was not that tough although they enjoyed. Only one part is little debatable that where parents standing by the classroom door and all crying and having a difficult time saying goodbye to their children. This can makes kids worried that their parents are crying without them. After reading(listening) this book kids will feel that they it is not only them but also the other kids who are anxious as well. It will be appropriate for the pre-k. Parents should read this book a month before the first day of kindergarten.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Leedham

    This book is about all of the little activities that happen the night before kindergarten. When all of the parents finally bring their prepared kids to school for their first day, they are afraid that their children are going to cry. However, it’s the parents who end up crying while the students happily wave goodbye with excitement at their door. This book gives a very happy perception on the first day of kindergarten, or the first day of school in general. This book could be very useful for a y This book is about all of the little activities that happen the night before kindergarten. When all of the parents finally bring their prepared kids to school for their first day, they are afraid that their children are going to cry. However, it’s the parents who end up crying while the students happily wave goodbye with excitement at their door. This book gives a very happy perception on the first day of kindergarten, or the first day of school in general. This book could be very useful for a younger class that may be uneasy in their classroom. Reading this within the first week could excite a class about starting a new year. Also, I would use this for classes that are a little bit older than kindergarten so they can do reflections on how well they think this book represented their personal experience. I think that it may have been beneficial to have a book that was written about kindergarten that may be a little bit simpler. If a kindergartener could read the book themselves, it could be more useful.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Casey Seawell

    I read The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing. This book would be considered contemporary realistic fiction because although none of the characters (no main character in particular) are real, the events are true and realistic for those entering kindergarten. This book is about the anticipation and excitement that students and parents feel when a child enters kindergarten for the first time. It depicts the excitement of students, and the struggles parents experience watching their children I read The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing. This book would be considered contemporary realistic fiction because although none of the characters (no main character in particular) are real, the events are true and realistic for those entering kindergarten. This book is about the anticipation and excitement that students and parents feel when a child enters kindergarten for the first time. It depicts the excitement of students, and the struggles parents experience watching their children grow up and enter school. I thought back to my first days of school and related to the excitement that I felt (although, I never picked out my outfit because I wore a uniform). I would recommend this book to families with children who are about to start or are in school. It allowed for you to understand a parent's view and a student's view on the first day of school, and it is relatable on many levels.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Arianna

    This book is good for kindergarten. The young children are anxious and worried about their first day of school. They quickly realize that it is not going to be the same as daycare. However, the children adapt rapidly and it is the parents who struggle to say goodbye. I like how this book ackowledged the students and the parents emotions. I was always nervous before my first day of school in elementary because I did not know what would happen when I arrived. Parents, because their child is so you This book is good for kindergarten. The young children are anxious and worried about their first day of school. They quickly realize that it is not going to be the same as daycare. However, the children adapt rapidly and it is the parents who struggle to say goodbye. I like how this book ackowledged the students and the parents emotions. I was always nervous before my first day of school in elementary because I did not know what would happen when I arrived. Parents, because their child is so young still, worry about how they will handle learning and socializing their first day of kindergarten. This book could be read the first day of school to calm students down so that they know that it will not be a bad year and everything will be okay. The book could also be used to try to talk about emotions and how everyone is feeling. This could show other students that they are not alone in their feelings.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

    The Night Before Kindergarten is a spin-off of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. It shares the same pattern and rhythm. It goes through how students are getting ready for their first day of kindergarten. As parents drop their kids off at Miss. Sunrise's class, they are nervous that the children will miss them. However, I think, and what the book portrays, is that it's always the parents who miss the children more than the children miss the parents. The children love school and get excited once t The Night Before Kindergarten is a spin-off of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. It shares the same pattern and rhythm. It goes through how students are getting ready for their first day of kindergarten. As parents drop their kids off at Miss. Sunrise's class, they are nervous that the children will miss them. However, I think, and what the book portrays, is that it's always the parents who miss the children more than the children miss the parents. The children love school and get excited once they get involved. I remember my mom reading this to my little sister when she was about to start school. My mom would cry every time. I never understood why, but now I have a pretty good idea. I think this is an adorable story for both parents and children who are about to start school. I also think it was smart to use the same pattern tone as 'Twas the Night Before Christmas because it is usually familiar to students and something for them to get excited about.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Matt Venneman

    Summary: This book is a poem about preparing for and experiencing the first day of kindergarten. Characteristics That Support This Genre: This poem can be placed in the poetry category because it is a piece that follows a pattern. Writing Traits: Sentence Fluency – The writer was very intentional about how the poem would sound. There is a rhythmic flow to the piece that captures the reader’s attention. Classroom Integration: This poem would be great for a kindergarten teacher to read during an op Summary: This book is a poem about preparing for and experiencing the first day of kindergarten. Characteristics That Support This Genre: This poem can be placed in the poetry category because it is a piece that follows a pattern. Writing Traits: Sentence Fluency – The writer was very intentional about how the poem would sound. There is a rhythmic flow to the piece that captures the reader’s attention. Classroom Integration: This poem would be great for a kindergarten teacher to read during an open house before the school year. This book could also be used for students to begin comparing and contrasting with their own experience and the story. Other Suggestions: This book is at a 3.1 reading level. This book could also be used to discuss the emotions we feel when starting something new.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ellwyn Autumn

    A playful rhyming story about children preparing for their first day of kindergarten. An assortment of emotions circle the students the night before school begins and careens them into their classroom the next day. In no time at all, apprehension turns to joy as the teacher invites the children to play games and sing silly songs. Caught up in the revelry, the children fail to recognize that their parents are watching them and in need of comfort. In the end, compassion and comunity are the most i A playful rhyming story about children preparing for their first day of kindergarten. An assortment of emotions circle the students the night before school begins and careens them into their classroom the next day. In no time at all, apprehension turns to joy as the teacher invites the children to play games and sing silly songs. Caught up in the revelry, the children fail to recognize that their parents are watching them and in need of comfort. In the end, compassion and comunity are the most important lessons of the day. Twas The Night Before Christmas gets schooled in how things go down in kindergarten! A frolicksome tale that embodies the same rhythmic vibe as its classic holiday predecessor. Wings' delightful verses and Durrell's cheerful illustrations create a merry story children will enjoy listening to several times over.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kendall Smith

    The excitement and nerves for the start of kindergarten all in one book. Read along while the children prepares the school supplies, take first day pictures, and have to say bye to their moms and dads in the morning before school. It's like the inside scoop for kids to read before their first day of Kindergarten which might be frightening. I like this book because it gives a happy view to going to Kindergarten which can often be scary for kids. It mimics the rhyme scheme of "The Night Before Chr The excitement and nerves for the start of kindergarten all in one book. Read along while the children prepares the school supplies, take first day pictures, and have to say bye to their moms and dads in the morning before school. It's like the inside scoop for kids to read before their first day of Kindergarten which might be frightening. I like this book because it gives a happy view to going to Kindergarten which can often be scary for kids. It mimics the rhyme scheme of "The Night Before Christmas" which is fun especially if kids know that story. A fun book to read to kids before they go off to school. I would relate this book to Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready For Kindergarten. This is another great book to read to prepare kids for their first day for school. " 'Twas the night before kindergarten, and as they prepared kids were excited and alittle bit scared."

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alexa Fahan

    1. No awards 2. Kindergarten 3. This book provides a poem with all of the activities that may happen on the first day of school. Students will learn about the differences between kindergarten and preschool and will become excited about this new chapter of their lives. 4. I like this book because it has the potential to alleviate some of the fears that new students may be feeling on the first day of kindergarten. I like how the book explains that even though kindergarten is something brand new, it i 1. No awards 2. Kindergarten 3. This book provides a poem with all of the activities that may happen on the first day of school. Students will learn about the differences between kindergarten and preschool and will become excited about this new chapter of their lives. 4. I like this book because it has the potential to alleviate some of the fears that new students may be feeling on the first day of kindergarten. I like how the book explains that even though kindergarten is something brand new, it is not something to be sad or afraid of. 5. This book should be used in the classroom on the first day of school. Afterwards, students could fill out a simple worksheet and illustrate a picture of what they have done so far on the first day of school. If this book is not used on the first day of school, it could also be used as a reading to identify rhyming words and letter sounds.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bailie Mahuna

    I really enjoyed this book. The Night Before Kindergarten shares exactly what the title says and a little bit more. This book shows different families as they all prepare for the first day of kindergarten. The kindergarteners pack their backpacks with crayons, erasers, pencils, and many more. Yes, some were scared and some were excited. When they reached school all the first day jitters disappeared. This is a cute book to read to a child who is starting kindergarten the next morning. I feel that I really enjoyed this book. The Night Before Kindergarten shares exactly what the title says and a little bit more. This book shows different families as they all prepare for the first day of kindergarten. The kindergarteners pack their backpacks with crayons, erasers, pencils, and many more. Yes, some were scared and some were excited. When they reached school all the first day jitters disappeared. This is a cute book to read to a child who is starting kindergarten the next morning. I feel that this book can help the child get all their nerves out and hopefully help them realize that kindergarten isn't all that scary. I really loved the illustrations because it filled the whole pages with its water color detailing.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Clwseattle

    The Night Before Kindergarten is a quite cute book examining the fears and jitters the night before kindergarten. I think there should be less emphasis on the possibility of either/or, both/and kids and parents crying and having a hard time letting go. Yes, it happens, it just doesn't need to be put out there as expected. The Night Before Kindergarten is one of about 25 'kindergarten' books I'm reading before I buy one for my grand who starts kindergarten this year. I'm not sure I'll read The Nig The Night Before Kindergarten is a quite cute book examining the fears and jitters the night before kindergarten. I think there should be less emphasis on the possibility of either/or, both/and kids and parents crying and having a hard time letting go. Yes, it happens, it just doesn't need to be put out there as expected. The Night Before Kindergarten is one of about 25 'kindergarten' books I'm reading before I buy one for my grand who starts kindergarten this year. I'm not sure I'll read The Night Before Kindergarten to my grand, nor do I think it's the kindergarten keepsake book I'm hoping to find.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cassidy Lake

    Text-to-Self Connection: My son actually has this book on his bookshelf in his room. he got it from his school when we registered him for kindergarten and we read it before he went to bed the night before his first day of school. He enjoyed the book and it helped him see that even though he was moving from a pre-k class in daycare, to be a "big kid" school for kindergarten that it wouldn't be scary. I remember walking him into his first day of kindergarten and I was more upset than he was. parent Text-to-Self Connection: My son actually has this book on his bookshelf in his room. he got it from his school when we registered him for kindergarten and we read it before he went to bed the night before his first day of school. He enjoyed the book and it helped him see that even though he was moving from a pre-k class in daycare, to be a "big kid" school for kindergarten that it wouldn't be scary. I remember walking him into his first day of kindergarten and I was more upset than he was. parents worry that their kids will be sad and scared but more times than not, it's the parents who leave crying!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Yissel Martinez

    This is a good book for children entering kindergarten. This book teaches children some aspects of kindergarten and it also shows them how fun kindergarten can be. I like that the book was made to sound like the Night Before Christmas story. The words and tone of the book is what makes it sound similar. The illustrations in the book were very clear and exciting to look at. This is a good way to help kids relieve any nerves they might have about kindergarten. This is a fun family book that kids c This is a good book for children entering kindergarten. This book teaches children some aspects of kindergarten and it also shows them how fun kindergarten can be. I like that the book was made to sound like the Night Before Christmas story. The words and tone of the book is what makes it sound similar. The illustrations in the book were very clear and exciting to look at. This is a good way to help kids relieve any nerves they might have about kindergarten. This is a fun family book that kids can use to learn about a kindergarten experience.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    I am sure that most people have heard/read the story "A Night before Christmas," and if they haven't they have at least heard the rhyme scheme behind the famous story. This children's rendition was very well done and kept to the popular sing-song poem that most know and love. I do recommend this story to be read, for I haven't met a child to date that has not enjoyed a book, movie, or show that is written about something that they can relate too. This is something the entire family can enjoy. I am sure that most people have heard/read the story "A Night before Christmas," and if they haven't they have at least heard the rhyme scheme behind the famous story. This children's rendition was very well done and kept to the popular sing-song poem that most know and love. I do recommend this story to be read, for I haven't met a child to date that has not enjoyed a book, movie, or show that is written about something that they can relate too. This is something the entire family can enjoy.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Meg McGregor

    This story is based on the poetic style of The Night Before Christmas. It brought back many happy memories for me! I especially enjoyed this part! "When what to her wondering eyes should appear but sad moms and dads who were holding back tears!" I remember taking Katherine to her first day of daycare. I kissed her good-bye and waited outside. Tears were streaming down my face; my little girl immediately found a friend and started playing with her! This story is based on the poetic style of The Night Before Christmas. It brought back many happy memories for me! I especially enjoyed this part! "When what to her wondering eyes should appear but sad moms and dads who were holding back tears!" I remember taking Katherine to her first day of daycare. I kissed her good-bye and waited outside. Tears were streaming down my face; my little girl immediately found a friend and started playing with her!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jaden Burdick

    I really enjoyed this book, it was so cute and I loved the illustration. This book is about children going to kindergarten for the first time ever. They were all worried because it wasn't like daycare, but in the end it was actually the parents who ended up being sad. The children were all happy and enjoyed their first day of class. This book would be really good for a first day of kindergarten reading. It would be a nice book to kick off the year. I really enjoyed this book, it was so cute and I loved the illustration. This book is about children going to kindergarten for the first time ever. They were all worried because it wasn't like daycare, but in the end it was actually the parents who ended up being sad. The children were all happy and enjoyed their first day of class. This book would be really good for a first day of kindergarten reading. It would be a nice book to kick off the year.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Candice

    The kids have to go to kindergarten the next day. They get all their supplies together and taking photos. The hardest thing of all saying goodbye to mom and dad. Once they realize how great kindergarten is saying goodbye isn't too hard. The fun and colorful illustrations bring the book to life. I gave it a 4 because it's something you could read one of the first days of school. The kids have to go to kindergarten the next day. They get all their supplies together and taking photos. The hardest thing of all saying goodbye to mom and dad. Once they realize how great kindergarten is saying goodbye isn't too hard. The fun and colorful illustrations bring the book to life. I gave it a 4 because it's something you could read one of the first days of school.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Harper

    This book is perfect, as it centers around a specific grade level. The rhyming culture of the text helps to simplify young readers, and to connect them to the experience they are currently living for the first time. This books can help young readers to think about what they are feeling in the same experience.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I read this book on the last day of preschool and I loved Reading this with my mom the summer before I went to kindergarten, I felt a lot less nervous about going to elementary school, because the book explained how much fun kindergarten can be. I hope to read this to my sisters if they are nervous about kindergarten.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    I liked “The Night Before Thanksgiving” a LOT, but this one was just okay. The end added a whole new thing for my kiddo to be worried about — “Why are the parents crying? Why are they sad” which hadn’t even entered her mind. No need to impose adult emotions on little kids’ worries, I feel like the ending of the books was written for parents’ enjoyment rather than focusing on kids.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mykenna Baker

    This book would be great to read to Pre-K students on the last day of school, or to kindergartners starting their first days of school. It is a story about how the students are scared for their parents to leave the classroom on the first day of school, but as they day go by they love school and tell their parents they can leave. Reading this to kids might make them less nervous to start school.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Allison Ray

    This story can help ease the first day of school nerves! This is a fun book for a child before their first day of kindergarten. The poem is similar and uses the same rhyme as "The Night Before Christmas." The book has fun and detailed pictures for students to engage. The pictures are able to help bring the story to life and tie the story together well. This story can help ease the first day of school nerves! This is a fun book for a child before their first day of kindergarten. The poem is similar and uses the same rhyme as "The Night Before Christmas." The book has fun and detailed pictures for students to engage. The pictures are able to help bring the story to life and tie the story together well.

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