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Mom, It's My First Day of Kindergarten!

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  324 Ratings  ·  111 Reviews
It's a child's first day of kindergarten, but who is worried about all the new people and the different things he'll meet--the child? No! The mother. In a refreshing reversal of roles, the child takes it upon himself to comfort and reassure his mother that everything will be fine, she'll get used to him going to big-kid school, and yes, he is ready for the first day of kin ...more
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Aug 28, 2016 Kristin rated it really liked it
Book summary: This book is about a boy on his first day of kindergarten, and instead of the child being worried or nervous, the mom is nervous instead of the kid. This book is about the excitement that can go through a little boys mind when preparing to go to kindergarten. There was some emotion shown from both the kid and the mother but mainly the mother. Emotions from the boy don't show until he wasn't sure if he was ready to go in the classroom door but with some comforting words his mother w ...more
Jul 09, 2013 Christine rated it liked it
Mom, It's My First Day of Kindergarten!
by Hyewon Yum

Awards: 2013 winner of the EJK New Illustrator Award
The Kirkus Star: Awarded to Books of Exceptional Merit Best Children’s Books of 2012: Picture Books
Audience: Primary; Ages 4-7
Genre: Picture Book--Fiction; Asian American, Family, Multicultural, School

Mom doesn’t look happy.
“We don’t know anyone here. I miss your old teachers and your friends.”
“I like to make new friends, Mom, and you’ll make new friends, too, in no time”
(pp. 13-14)

3 starred reviews: Kirkus, Horn Book, PW

"...The author’s watercolors are the true standout here, the colors and relative sizes of the characters masterfully conveying their emotions—many spreads could stand on their own without the text at all..."--Kirkus.

"...Will this one resonate with children as much as their grown-ups? Find a copy and experiment. My own young children, when I asked them why they thought the mother was so small, responded that she must simply be a short person. It took more d
Edward Sullivan
Jun 21, 2012 Edward Sullivan rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Cheerfully captures the excitement of a boy starting kindergarten.
Hannah Kocher
I think this book is different from all of the other "first day of school" books because the parent is the one unsure. The child continues to reassure his mom, only faltering once. The use of the color blue to show nervousness is so fluid throughout the book; it is incredibly easy to understand feeling through the picture and words. A unique take on a common theme
Aug 23, 2014 Laurie rated it liked it
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Morgan Miller
Mar 20, 2017 Morgan Miller rated it really liked it
Shelves: school-subjects
This would be a great book to read to a kindergarten class on the first day of school because they can relate to the main character.
Sep 18, 2012 Irene rated it really liked it
Summary: In "Mom It’s My First Day of Kindergarten," author Hyewom Yum tells the story of a boy who is very excited and confident to go to school, but his mother is not so sure. Do they have snacks in kindergarten? What if you don’t have time to finish your lunch? What if you get lost? Even with all these worrisome questions from mom, the boy is still determined to go to school. Will he make it through the day and prove to his mom that he can do it? Find out on this brave little boy’s first day ...more
Amy Forrester
Aug 23, 2012 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing
It’s the first day of kindergarten for the boy in this book and he can’t wait! His mother on the other hand, isn’t as excited. She worries about her son going to such a big school and if he will make friends. But the boy isn’t scared, “Mom, don’t worry. I’ll be fine. I am already five!” At the end of the day, the boy excitedly tells his mother that kindergarten is awesome and his mother is so proud and happy…until the boy asks if he can take the bus to school tomorrow!

Yum’s focus on the emotiona
Outstanding watercolor illustrations and simple text effectively capture the feeling of many parents on the first day of school for their beloved little ones. While readers can be forgiven for assuming that it will be the young five-year-old boy who is dreading the first day of kindergarten, that isn't the case here. Instead, he's the one bouncing out of bed, waking HER up, munching on his breakfast, and assuaging her fears. She has quite a few of them too: Will there be snacks? Will he have tim ...more
Andi Martineau
Sep 17, 2012 Andi Martineau rated it it was ok
A little boy is excited to start his first day of kindergarten, while his mom is very nervous for him to start school. The boy is asking his mom if she got his lunch ready and if she is ready to bring him to school. Once the little boy gets to school he starts to become more nervous and his mom starts to become more confident in her son going to kindergarten. Once the boy meets his teacher he is once again excited for school. At the end of the day when the boy's mom picks him up from school they ...more
Oct 18, 2012 Jessica rated it liked it
Ah, the "first day of school" picture book. A genre that parents look for to assure their child that everything will be ok--they'll make friends, like their teacher, and learn a whole lot. To let them know that kindergarten will be fun! But I think that this is the first "first day of school" picture book I've seen where it's all about assuring the mom that all will be well. And that's such a nice twist, I think, because so many times it's the parents who are wrestling with their children's next ...more
Arinn Wall
Sep 08, 2016 Arinn Wall rated it it was amazing
This book is about a mother and son going to school for his first day of Kindergarten. At the beginning of the story, the boy is ecstatic for his first day, but the mom is nervous and scared. The book illustrates this by making her character small and blue. As they go to school and approach the classroom, the boy becomes very nervous and his character is now the one small and blue. When the boy is coming home from school, the mom is once again nervous and blue, but she immediately feels better w ...more
Jan 22, 2013 babyhippoface rated it liked it
As little boy is very exicted about his first day of kindergarten. His mother is not so sure, though. Although she never comes right out and expresses her hesitation, she is drawn much, much smaller than her son, and her skin is gray-colored. She's worried. She feels small. The boy, on the other hand, is pumped up about this thing called school. He's painted large and in charge.

As they reach the door to the classroom, though, suddenly the boy is smaller, and his skin has taken on an ashen pallo
Jim Erekson
Mar 06, 2013 Jim Erekson rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
I couldn't believe I was actually reading another book about the first day of school. This topic has become one of the standing jokes about how to get your bad picture book published. Can't give it a four, because it's about the first day of school, but I did like it.

Noteworthy among books on this topic, Yum's decisions in the illustration were inventive and required interpretation. She drew the mom small and painted her blue throughout almost the entire book. As an adult reading, it felt like
Mar 09, 2013 Maureen rated it really liked it
While in most ways, this is a typical first day of Kindergarten book, the illustrations uniquely portray how each character is feeling during the process. The five-year-old little boy is excited, feeling all grown up, and ready to go to school so he is illustrated in full color and as larger than life. Meanwhile Mom is nervous, scared, and sad so she is illustrated in blue and drawn very small. Mom tells her son all her worries about eating, school supplies, being late, and new friends, but the ...more
Aug 26, 2015 Anne rated it liked it
Cute switch in perspective for a get-ready-for-Kindergarten book showing that Moms are nervous too. Though I loved seeing this boy's enthusiasm and confidence I wondered if kids would maybe have anxiety about how upset the Mom seemed to be. I think it is refreshing to point out that parents are sometimes worried about transitions, but this Mom does nothing to hide her anxiety, which is the opposite of what parents usually try to do. The Mom looks so depressed (even painted blue when she is clear ...more
Lu Benke
Typical story line but I enjoyed the treatment and the shifting perspectives. From the outset, mom is much smaller than her 5 year old son, worried, and bluish. In fact, mom says and does all the things you'd think a first-day kindergartner would do. Midway through, the tables turn briefly, showing the boy as the scared, worried little person with mom now looking more normal sized. This is the type of book that kids in 4 & 5 year old storytimes would love. The book is large, the backgrounds ...more
Karen Burt
Jun 15, 2013 Karen Burt rated it liked it
This book explores all the various feelings for both mothers and children as they start their first day of school. It is an exciting day full of jitters, reluctance, fear and enthusiasm. The beginning of something new always consists of unknowns as is explored in this book. I love the way feelings are expressed in the illustrations with the gray coloration and the size of the mother at the beginning of the story. The mother is very unsure of her son venturing out into the big world but she reluc ...more
Brielle McKenna
Sep 01, 2016 Brielle McKenna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rdng350
Yum took us through the average families first day of school blues. The story started off with the child all ready to go to Kindergarten while his mother was feeling blue about the situation. As the story progressed, the blues wavered between the two throughout the day. The story also had a comical side to it as the illustrator portrayed through the characters.

I adored this book. The point it got across with a twist of comedy hit the spot. I loved the illustrations. The way the characters were
Sara Kay
Aug 29, 2016 Sara Kay rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
This book is about a little boy headed to his first day of kindergarten. He is so excited to be a "big kid" and cannot wait to get to school. However, his mom has a difficult time knowing her son is going to school. She is struggling and unsure if he is ready. He reassures her that he is, enough so that when he gets nervous to actually go into the classroom, she encourages him and lets him know it's going to be okay.
This was a cute book, although I prefer the Ms. Bindergarten gets ready for kind
Lexi Beaver
Oct 04, 2016 Lexi Beaver rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rdng-350
I could read this story over and over! The words and illustrations work together beautifully to create such a relatable story for any new kids going to kindergarten and their moms having a hard time of letting go. Towards the beginning of the book, this child is bigger than the mom, but then once the child gets finished with their first day of school and tells the mom that school was awesome, she is normal sized once again, and the illustrations just seem to radiate off the page the joy of the h ...more
Cassie Houck
Jan 15, 2016 Cassie Houck rated it it was amazing
This is a story about a little boy who is just so excited about his first day of kindergarten, his mom on the other hand, is a little worried and kind of sad. She wants her son to have a great first day, but she also doesn't want her son to grow up. The son is just so excited and should be because kindergarten is such a fun thing.

I loved this book because of the emotions behind the characters. It was really like I was back to my first day of school. I loved the illustrations and how it tied int
Aug 18, 2013 Dawn rated it it was amazing
A young boy is excited to start school, but his mom is nervous. All the way to school he reassures his mom that he is ready for the big kid school, but once he enters, he has second thoughts and his mom is suddenly the one doing the reassuring. By the end of the day, the boy is back to his happy self, having had a great first day of kindergarten. The illustrations are amazing in this book, with the mom being small and blue, and the son being large and bright. When the son begins worrying himself ...more
Jan 03, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
This is a funny and comforting book. The story is typical when an excited and prepared child looks forward to the first day of a new school. This boy is very confident, but his mother isn't sure. The illustrations show her mood on many pages, and she is actually "blue." No matter her concerns her son is sure he is ready and will adapt with ease. Suddenly at the classroom door he isn't so sure, and now he is "blue" while Mom shares her confident wisdom. I love it when artists incorporate color in ...more
A young boy wakes his mother up on his first day of school. He is very excited but his mother is not so sure. What if there are no snacks in Kindergarten? Did she forget any school supplies? Oh, no! What if we're late?

The young boy puts his mothers fears to rest by the time they arrive at school. However, when the boy sees the open door for his new classroom he suddenly gets worried that maybe he's not ready. Now it's his mom's turn to reassure him that he'll be fine.

And he his.

The illustrations
Nov 24, 2012 Samantha rated it liked it
A boy is starting kindergarten and he trades worries about his first day back and forth with his mom. He begins the story confident and reassures his mother about her worries, but when he arrives at the school the two trade places and he worries he's not ready for school.

Illustrations do a great job of showcasing what those first day jitters look and feel like. The mother is at first depicted as a small blue person who grows more vibrant and recognizable as her confidence grows. Likewise, the l
Jan 14, 2016 Hailey added it
Shelves: child-lit
In this book a little boy wakes up on the first day of kindergarten but he is not nervous his mom is. When they get to school the mom worries even more that her son is not ready for the big school, but when she takes him to his classroom then he gets nervous about his first day in kindergarten.
I loved this book because it accurately describes the emotions a student going into kindergarten expresses up until it is time to leave their parents at the door to the classroom.
I could use this on the
Jun 06, 2013 Romelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
The first day of kindergarten can be nerve-racking. But who is more nervous, the parent or child? Hyewon Yum, author/illustrator explores the emotional state of parent and child on the first day of kindergarten. What differentiates this book from other similar-themed books is the fact that the child enters into the story confident about his first day of school. I liked how Yum depicts the character's emotional state by their color and size. The child is larger than life and full of color while h ...more
Ellie Hipp
Oct 04, 2016 Ellie Hipp rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rdng350
It's the first day of kindergarten, and everyone in the family is feeling the stress of a new school year. For some, its about leaving home (and mom) for the very first time ever. It's time to make lots of new friends, and that can be pretty scary. For Mom, it can be incredibly scary to let your child go to school and leave the house all day for the first time. This book covers all those emotions perfectly, while also depicting them in adorable illustrations throughout the book. This is a great ...more
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Hyewon Yum is the author and illustrator of several acclaimed books for children. She has received the Society of Illustrator's Founder's Award, the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award, an Honorable Mention for the Bologna Ragazzi Award, and the Golden Kite Award for her work. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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