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Lola Goes to School - (Lola Reads) by Anna McQuinn

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  • In this Lola Reads series book, Lola embarks on a new adventure--the first day of school!
  • 2-5 Years
  • 9.7" x 8.6" Hardcover
  • 32 Pages
  • Juvenile Fiction, School & Education
  • Series Name: Lola Reads


About the Book

Spunky Lola meets new friends and tries many new things on her fun but exhausting first day of school. A comforting, cheerful read that demystifies the school day for preschoolers and kindergartners. Full color.

Book Synopsis

In this Lola Reads series book, Lola embarks on a new adventure--the first day of school!

A comforting and cheerful picture book read that demystifies the school day, perfect for preschoolers and kindergarteners.

Lola and her family prepare for the first day of school the night before, then wake up early, take pictures, and head to class.

Lola puts her things in her cubby, chooses her activities, reads, plays, and has a snack.

Before she knows it, it's time to sing the good-bye song and rush into Mommy's arms for a warm reunion!

Lola Goes to School is the 5th title in the much-loved Lola Reads series, as book-loving Lola continues to be curious about the world around her.

Review Quotes

After years of everyday joys with McQuinn and Beardshaw's Lola, readers now watch her start school. It "will be a bit like story time at the library, but Lola will stay by herself." The little black girl "knows what to expect" because she's visited the school with her mom. She is prepared with gifts from loved ones--"fun pencils" from Nana, a water bottle from Ty. The night before her "big day," Lola lays out her outfit. In the morning, she tucks her stuffed kitty, Dinah, in her bag and poses for a snapshot. In the classroom, Miss Suzan, a white woman, shows her where to put her things. Lola spends time reading with her friend Julia, who has pale skin and black hair, and then they play dress-up. Her mom sits for a while before saying goodbye. After snack time and more play, there is circle time. Of course, "Lola knows the song and all the motions." Picking Lola up at the end of the day, Mommy hugs her daughter. Beardshaw's soft, slightly smudgy illustrations allow young readers to focus on one cozy moment at a time. Even at this milestone, Lola still appears quite tiny, and the text is no more complex than in previous books, making this a seamless transition from Lola's younger days to her new life in school. Both perfect for Lola fans and likely to earn her ever more readers.
--Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Anna McQuinn has worked in children's books for more than twenty-five years as an editor, publisher, and writer. She is the author of more than twenty books for children, including Lola at the Library, Lola Loves Stories, Lola Reads to Leo, The Sleep Sheep (Scholastic), and If You're Happy and You Know It! (Barefoot). Anna leads groups like Leo's at her local library.

Rosalind Beardshaw loved drawing from early childhood and from a young age decided she wanted to become an illustrator. She studied at Manchester Polytechnic where she earned a degree in illustration. Since graduating in 1992, she has illustrated many children's books, including two of her own stories; Grandma's Beach and Grandpa's Surprise (Bloomsbury) inspired by long summer holidays spent with her playful grandparents. Animals have also played a large part in her work. Her lurcher, Basil is proving to be a constant source of inspiration for new characters!

In her spare time, Rosalind works as a volunteer with adults who have learning difficulties. She lives in York, England.

Dimensions (Overall): 9.7 Inches (H) x 8.6 Inches (W) x .6 Inches (D)
Weight: .8 Pounds
Suggested Age: 2-5 Years
Number of Pages: 32
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: School & Education
Series Title: Lola Reads
Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing
Format: Hardcover
Author: Anna McQuinn
Language: English
Street Date: June 11, 2019
TCIN: 76426703
UPC: 9781580899383
Item Number (DPCI): 248-66-4842
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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Estimated ship dimensions: 0.6 inches length x 8.6 inches width x 9.7 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 0.8 pounds
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4.0 out of 5 stars with 5 reviews
100% would recommend
1 recommendations

Great early preschool book

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Busymom - 2 years ago
A great book for littles starting school, not too long and lots of fun illustrations.
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Cute story

1 out of 5 stars
Clayton - 4 years ago
Cute book! Not many words on each page, so good for preschool age children.
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This Kirkus review is a little uncomfortable...

4 out of 5 stars
R1687G - 4 years ago
The book has beautiful illustrations, although like I feel it lacks a moral to the story. But I wanted to leave a review of the review on this very page -- is it a little racist to identify each person by the color of their skin instead of their role? Am I crazy for thinking that maybe Miss Suzan is better identified as the teacher instead of "a white woman"? Or that it may not matter that Lola's friend Julia "has pale skin and black hair"?
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