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Indies First is a collaboration between authors, publishers, retailers, and readers that celebrates independent bookstores and local communities. Events and festivities, many of them featuring authors as guest booksellers, are planned in hundreds of stores for Saturday, November 25, 2017, in conjunction with Small Business Saturday.

Author Jason Reynolds is the 2017 Spokesperson for Indies First!

Jason Reynolds is the author of the critically acclaimed and award-winning novels When I Was the GreatestBoy in the Black Suit, and co-author of the New York Times bestselling All American BoysHis As Brave As You was a Time Book of the Year, and Ghost, the premier book in his middle grade "Track" series, was a National Book Award finalist. Jason is also a Kirkus Award winner, a Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. He has two books coming in Fall 2017: Patina, the next installment of the "Track" series and Long Way Down, a YA novel, being published by Caitlyn Dlouhy Books/Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, in addition to the recently published Miles Morales: Spider-Man, a YA novel from Marvel. You can find his ramblings at JasonWritesBooks.com.

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A WORD FROM AUTHOR DENISE VEGA ABOUT STARTING SCHOOL

Raise Your Hand if You’re Ready for School to Start!

by Denise Vega

As a parent, I always had mixed feelings about the start of school. We always had a great summer and I missed my kids when they were gone. But as an author and writing instructor, it was also nice to have more uninterrupted time to write and plan my classes. And I know for my friends who worked full time, school provided a more predictable schedule that made their lives a little easier.

No matter what, the transition from summer to school for both parents and children can be a challenge. Here are some tips I developed from my own experience:

  • Keep kids involved. Let them pick out their school supplies (if you aren’t buying the kit in advance) and review any first day of school procedures, going so far as to role play if you need to so they feel comfortable and ready.
  • Ask kids their opinions. Whether it’s about lunch options or what to wear, give your kids ownership of their experience.
  • Give kids responsibilities. Give them age-appropriate responsibilities such as putting on their own coat, making sure their homework is finished and in their backpacks, or packing their own lunch (mine started packing theirs in second grade). And make sure you’ve allowed time to do so!
  • Let kids accept the consequences. If they make a mistake, let the consequences be what they are. It may be difficult to watch them struggle, but the lesson will be theirs and they won’t forget it.

The start of school can be stressful and exciting for parents and kids. But with a little preparation, it can be a fun experience. And to help ease the little ones a bit, check out these back to school books!

Denise Vega is the award-winning author of seven books from toddler to teen, including her newest picture book, If Your Monster Won't Go to Bed. She is a popular speaker at events and schools, a writing instructor at Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and a Young Adult Faculty Mentor for the Regis University MFA in Creative Writing. She also offers manuscript critiques and consultations to writers. Denise lives in Denver with her family where she loves to hike, walk, swim, read, and eat French fries. Find out more about Denise, her books, and her idiosyncrasies at www.denisevega.com

 

 

The Night Before Preschool Cover Image
By Natasha Wing, Amy Wummer (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9780448454511
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Published: Grosset & Dunlap - May 12th, 2011

The Night Before Kindergarten Cover Image
By Natasha Wing, Julie Durrell (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9780448425009
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Published: Grosset & Dunlap - July 9th, 2001

The Night Before First Grade Cover Image
By Natasha Wing, Deborah Zemke (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9780448437477
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Published: Grosset & Dunlap - July 21st, 2005

Twindergarten Cover Image
By Nikki Ehrlich, Zoey Abbott Wagner (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062564238
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Published: HarperCollins - June 20th, 2017

How to Get Your Teacher Ready Cover Image
By Jean Reagan, Lee Wildish (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780553538250
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - July 4th, 2017

First Day Jitters Cover Image
By Julie Danneberg, Judy Love (Illustrator)
$7.95
ISBN: 9781580890618
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Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - February 1st, 2000

A New School Year: Stories in Six Voices Cover Image
By Sally Derby, Mika Song (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781580897303
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Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - June 27th, 2017

If Your Monster Won't Go to Bed Cover Image
By Denise Vega, Zachariah Ohora (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780553496550
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 14th, 2017

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