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The Night Before Kindergarten (Reading Railroad Books)

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Turtleback Books
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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
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 ...more
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!
A girl is excited for her first day or kindergarten, but also nervous. But once she gets to school she has lots of fun and forgets about being nervous. The parents however are extremely sad and stick around extra long.
This book is something that would be great for parents and children to read together. The story shows how the children may be nervous, but that they will have lots of fun and quickly make friends. But the story also shows that the parents will be just as worried to
Gina Diloreto
Wing, N. "The night before kindergarten". (2001). New York: Grosset & Dunlap.

This book is a play on the rhyming pattern of "Twas the Night Before Christmas". It tells a tale of what a child might be thinking on the night before they start Kindergarten. I think it could be useful in helping to alleviate a pre-schooler's anxiety about starting school, by showing them what they can likely expect will happen when they get there. It goes step by step through a typical day. I really liked that by
This book is written to be similar to "The Night before Christmas", which could be used to compare and contrast. Teachers could suggest this book to parents in a welcome letter sent out to students before the first day. It would be great for discussion with new students about how they prepared for the first day, but also to be read with the entire group (including teary parents) on the first day as a way to include everyone and start the year off right.
Shakeema Gabriel
This book is a great book for the first day of kindergarten. The way the book started off reminded me of the night before Christmas. Children can relate to this book and Christmas in a sense . I thought it was cute that in the end the parents were the ones who were sad. This book shows different emotions from being nervous, sad, happy, and etc. When reading this book you can talk about the first day of school, first day jitters, emotions, and etc. It is an awesome book and should be in a kinderg ...more
Bethany Clark
I was so excited to get to read this to my little man on September 1st! He loved it and I think it made him feel better about school and meeting new friends. It's such a great ice breaker to how young children are feeling on the night before they enter school for the first time alone which has to be terrifying when you think about it!

Great read for anyone with small children heading off to their first ever day of school!
Melissa Alani
I will always have the memory of reading, 'The Night Before Kindergarten' to my daughter before her first big day of school! She was overly excited with each turn of the page, by relating to the character in the book.

Here is a tip that I recommend. If you are reading this to bring excitement for your little ones first day of kindergarten; write down your child's name and the date you read it to them. Once your child has out-grown the book, tuck it away in a safe place for years to come. Then wh
Asalyn Holliday
Like The Kissing Hand I think this book is good for the first day of school or to read at home the night before. Every child feels differently on their first day of school and I think that is something that is very important to recognize as a teacher so that we are able to honor and respect the feelings of our students.
Great illustrations! i think it is a great book for parents to read to their children who are about to start school because the illustrations are great and how a school is set up. The child can learn a lot from the illustrations.
How cute is this book? Read to the rhyming pattern of Twas the Night Before Christmas. It takes you through the steps of prepping for your first day of Kindergarten bit by bit and shows just how much fun school is going to be!
Rashanda Ravenel
The classroom in the book is very detailed. The room is colorful with a music station, toys, blankets, multicultural images. It displays the parents being involved in classroom activities and shows close community ties. It is a great way to ease emotions going into the first day of school. It would be a great book for students, teachers, and parents.
Would have been great until the end where it talks about the parents crying. It hadn't even occurred to my rising kindergartener that moms and dads might be sad! Thanks for adding to her anxiety!!!
Monchel Jones
I really enjoyed this poem book, "The Night Before Kindergarten", it was about children actually preparing themselves for kindergarten which was the next morning. The poem begins on the night before kindergarten with children and parents getting ready for the big day. Then the day arrives and we see children and parents as they prepare, and arrive at school. The age range would be pre-k through kindergarten. The artistic element that caught my eye was the lines which showed different movement An ...more
Avery Maxwell
I enjoyed this book because it was a lovely reminder of the classic tale, The Night Before Christmas. It was relatable to how children must feel on their very first day of school and perhaps all the first days of the grades that follow. They illustrations were very detailed but large enough for kids to see and understand. My book also came with stickers that allows kids to participate more in the story by placing stickers on the pages to make up their own illustrations. I thought that the book c ...more
This was a really cute book and written in rhyme to "The Night Before Christmas." This would be so fun to read the night before a son or daughter starts kindergarten, but can also be used on the first day of kindergarten with your class, or maybe even toward the end of the Pre-K year. Children can talk about the things they will do in Kindergarten and the various activities they take part in to prepare for what Kindergarten can be like. It could also be good to talk with students about their fir ...more
Pamela (slytherpuff)
Review originally posted at Bettering Me Up.

Boy Child starts Kindergarten tomorrow.

I am not prepared.
I am not sure how I'll react on Tuesday.
(That's a lie. I know I will be a blubbering mess.)

This book is perfectly suited for parents and kids. The parents are the nervous ones. The kids are excited!

We've been reading this book for two weeks and both kids demand it at least once a day.

Highly recommended for new Kindergarteners and their emotional parents.
Jen Kahl
I loved this book!! It would be a great one for parents to read to their children the night before they begin kindergarten or for their teacher to read on the first day of school. The pictures were wonderfully illustrated, and the book paralleled the classic "Twas the Night Before Christmas". It talked about how much fun the kids would have at school, all the supplies they would need for their art projects, and how their parents were the ones who cried when they went to their classroom. I would ...more
Julia Jasztal
(Mommy's review from 3/23/11)

I disagree with the reviewer who said this can only be used right before a child enters kindergarten. This is such a fun read that I think a kid would enjoy it even after entering kindergarten - maybe even more so then since they'll know about the things written about in the book.
I think it'd be perfect for just before kindergarten but that doesn't make it unperfect for other times.
Julia has a fun time with it and has since read it once more with me and once more wit
Ashley Cain
Good for the first day of kindergarten.
Good rhyming, good for new kindergarteners
Kristine Pratt
Using the familiar rhyme scheme from "The Night Before Christmas" we look at what it's like to go to kindergarten for the first time. Illustrations are fun but nothing really unique or special. Storyline felt a little bit...blah. I think it would have been more fun to set up the teacher more in the Santa Claus role (continuing the parallels to outside of the rhyme scheme and opening alone).

It's not a bad book to use to introduce your kids to the concept of going to school for the first time, bu
Angela Moorer
I think this book can be consoling to students,teachers and parents alike. This book, written in the rhyme of the popular "Twas the Night Before Christmas", explains all the things students go through to get prepared for that very first day! This book can be read at the beginning of the school year and ease the fears of the babies that are entering through a school's doors for the first time. I would also read it again at the end of the year and assess how students feelings have changed througho ...more
Carla Raymer
This is a fun twist of of the story "The Night Before Christmas". I would use this on the very first day of school. It would be a great ice-breaker that will hope to calm some of the anxiety or nerves that the children may have starting on their first day.

Another activity that could be done with this is is having the children find some of the items that are listed in the book. I would put them into groups and ask them to find 5 objects that they remembered reading in the book and explain what w
Tonia Holloway
This is a great at-home book, not so much in the classroom, in my opinion. I think a parent should really read this book right before the first day of kindergarten or the preschool teacher can read it to them before the move to kindergarten. Also, this book is a good way for parents and pre-k teachers to evaluate the students recognition of the rhyming pattern. They can ask leading questions such as, "Do you hear a pattern? What type?" "Where do the sounds sound the same, the beginning, middle o ...more
Shala Howell
What the Five-Year-Old thought: "It was the night before kindergarten and all through the house nothing was awake except I think for the parents. The kids were sleeping while visions of school supplies danced in their heads. Then they hopped in cars like they were boarding a spaceship to Mars. It's great great great to read. But at the end it made me droop because the parents were sad. The book made me sad and happy and a little bit flabbergasted because the book was just like the real world."
Alexa Maring
"The Night Before Kindergarten" is written in a similar structure to "'Twas the Night Before Christmas". It would be wonderful book to use as a mentor text, because there are other texts like it. The text-to-self connection of students starting school, make this a great selection to look at writer's craft. Although this book is about the night before Kindergarten, this book is not restricted to Kindergarten alone. Everyone can relate to the anxiety of starting something new!
Karen Jones
It's a good book, but not one that will be read over and over again in our house. It's just not that interesting.

The principal of my daughter's school sent it out to all the kindergartners, which is how we got it.

Basically, it's a variation on the poem The Night Before Christmas.

Details to note:
Visions of school supplies dance in their heads.
Kids are taken to kindergarten in cars, not by bus.
Parents are teary-eyed while the kids love it.
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