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Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten (Miss Bindergarten)

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,317 Ratings  ·  141 Reviews
It's the first day of kindergarten and Miss Bindergarten is hard at work getting the classroom ready for her twenty-six new students. Meanwhile, Adam Krupp wakes up, Brenda Heath brushes her teeth, and Christopher Beaker finds his sneaker. Miss Bindergarten puts the finishing touches on the room just in time, and the students arrive. Now the fun can begin! This rhyming, br ...more
Paperback, 40 pages
Published July 9th 2001 by Puffin Books (first published September 1st 1996)
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This is a great kids book. Every other page you see Miss Bindergarten setting up for the first day of kindergarten. And every other page there are 3 or 4 kids getting ready and going to the first day of class (kindergarten). What's so great about this book is it incorporates the alphabet in two ways. In the back of the book is a cast of characters A through Z of types of different animals. Those animals names also are A through Z. When we first meet the kids, Adam the alligator and Brenda the Be ...more
Monica Kemp
Jan 30, 2016 Monica Kemp rated it really liked it
Summary: This book uses animals as all characters. It is about Miss BIndergarden who is going through the process of setting up her classroom for the new school year. She introduces children to some of the things they may experience in the classroom. Some things Miss Bindergarden explains is how to ride the bus, have your own desk and have to supplies you need.

Theme: Introducing children to the world of school is even better because the author incorporates the use of the alphabet throughout the
Dec 05, 2015 Chelsey rated it really liked it
This was about a bunch of different animals that were getting ready for their first day of kindergarten, the story showed the kindergarten teacher, Miss Bindergarten getting the room ready for all the different kindergarten animals to come for their first exciting day of kindergarten. This was a book that we both remembered reading when we were younger and we thought it stood out a lot that all of the students were different animals. The illustrations are colorful yet simple so there’s a good ba ...more
Christina Cabezas
Oct 13, 2015 Christina Cabezas rated it really liked it
Title: Miss Bindergarten Gets Reading for Kindergarten
Author: Joseph Slate
Illustrator: Ashley Wolff
Genre: Alphabet book, Concept book.
Theme(s): First day of kindergarten, alphabet, animals.
Opening line/sentence:
It is the first day of kindergarten, and -oh, oh, oh!- Adam Krupp wakes up.
Brief Book Summary: It's the first day of kindergarten...and Miss Bindergarten is preparing for her students to arrive. Meanwhile, the students in Miss Bindergarten's class are getting ready for their first day of
Megan McKenny
Feb 26, 2015 Megan McKenny rated it really liked it
Personal reaction: While I remember reading this book after kindergarten, I recall enjoying the story. I like the rhyming and the use of the alphabet to tell the story. Teachers and students alike can relate to this story and find that beginning a new chapter, starting kindergarten, can be exciting!

Purpose: This book can be used for kindergarten preparation, or at the beginning of the school year. The book causes children to think about teachers in a different way. The book could be a read aloud
Jun 17, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
Not one we wanted to read over and over again, yet all my kids enjoyed it, preschoolers and older alike. It reinforces the letters of the alphabet through alliteration, while going over activities that happen in Kindergarten. I'd put it at a level 1 reading level, since it's not labeled. A good book when learning the alphabet or trying to find books to get a child ready for Kindergarten.
Alexandria Stephens
I have always loved this book! It's a story book I remember reading as a young child and I was thrilled to learn there are more books in this series. Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten has been around for numerous years. The book tells of all the preparations Miss Bindergarten goes through to prepare for her first day of a new school year. Also, members of the class are preparing for their first day of kindergarten as well. The story contains fictional characters that have their own p ...more
Taylor De La Fe
Jan 18, 2014 Taylor De La Fe rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved the way this story was written. It is about getting ready for the first day of kindergarten. While Miss Bindergarten sets up the classroom, we are introduced to her students. Each student is presented in order of the alphabet (Adam the Alligator- Zach the Zebra) and we learn about something they do to get ready for kindergarten. At the end, there is a yearbook style page where each student has their photo and is named along with which kind of animal they are which I thought wa ...more
Audrie Estrada
Mar 04, 2015 Audrie Estrada rated it really liked it
Personal Reaction:
I would read this on the first day of a kindergarden class because this would help ease the kids into their first day of school. I love this book because it shows the kids that teachers prepare for class also. I also LOVE the illustrations in this book because they are so detailed and they actually simulate a real classroom!
This is for the kindergarten age group and it would be a wonderful read aloud, especially on the first day of school for kindergartners so that they
Apr 29, 2014 Alexandria rated it it was amazing
This book walks through many different animals getting ready for their first day of kindergarten. It starts with different students getting up and nervously leaving their house. This would be nice for students to see how others get nervous before starting new things. Every child is nervous before starting school and this book does well to picture that. Another thing I like about this book was that it also shows Miss Bindergarten and what she has to do for a new class of students. I think allowin ...more
Aug 11, 2015 June rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: alphabet and school requests
A classic for this time of year. It is inclusive with an animal in a wheel chair. 8/28/12

Used again. 8/28/13

Used again in story time. 8/27/14

Used for TEC back to school story time for PreK's.
Aug 26, 2015 Ina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: storytime-reads
There is lots of rhyming text and big bold illustrations in this book about starting Kindergarten. There are two story threads running through the book. The reader sees Ms. Bindergarten preparing her classroom to receive a new class of students and, on alternating pages, we see each of her students getting ready for the first day of school as well. To add a level of warmth and whimsy, Miss Kindergarten is a dog (wearing a dress) and the students are a wide variety of animals as well. Filled with ...more
Aug 18, 2013 Jenny rated it liked it
Not sure how I missed reviewing this. I've read it countless times before as my older two children prepared for and went to kindergarten. Now it's my youngest daughter's turn to start kindergarten and we're reading this classic again. The illustrations show each child getting ready in the morning to go to kindergarten...and the teacher preparing the classroom for kindergarten. The children's names are alphabetical..."Adam Krupp wakes up. Brenda Heath brushes her teeth." Each child is an animal t ...more
Joy Colclasure
Apr 23, 2012 Joy Colclasure rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rhyming, animals, alphabet
Wow! This book has so many concepts for children to learn. This is such a great book to read to children who are about to go to kindergarten. I love how this book has so much clever rhyming in it. Each of the animals last names rhymes with something that they are doing. This book is also great for letter recognition. Each of the students (animals) names in the book are in alphabetical order throughout the book. Each letter is a diffrent color. This is also great for alliteration. Each of the stu ...more
Natalie Sabbath
Oct 25, 2012 Natalie Sabbath rated it liked it
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten
Main Characters: Miss Bindergarten
POV: Third Person

Summary: “Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten,” is a playful look at how a teacher and students get ready for the first day of school. Joseph Slate begins the story begins with a look at some of the things that Miss Bindergarten, the Kindergarten teacher, is getting her classroom ready for the first day of Kindergarten, which is coming soon. Then, the story goes back and forth between what M
Amber Cappitte
Aug 29, 2014 Amber Cappitte rated it really liked it
I got this book at the Youngstown public library main. I really enjoyed this book, I loved how colorful it was and i really enjoyed how it showed how everyone has different emotions on the first day of school, even the teacher. It also taught the reader about ABC's It shows how some kids are scared to go to kindergarten but others are excited, but in the end it shows that everyone enjoyed themselves and had a good first day of school!
Nov 08, 2014 Sharon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
Rhyming couplets, which include the alphabet and cute animals, tell the story of a kindergarten teacher preparing for the new school year. The illustrations are bright and entertaining. The story is not forced and flows smoothly. Each animal (student) has an activity to prepare for their first day of class. This is a fun story that would make a perfect gift for that new kindergarten student!
Rosa Cline
Apr 09, 2014 Rosa Cline rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, fall
We haven't read any of the "Miss Bindergarten" books but we will have to for certain find some more to read! Very cute and the illustrations are wonderful! Full of life and color (character)! And in the mix of the story all the students in Miss Bindergarten's class are letters of the alphabet! So the listener (young reader) will appreciate the alphabet as they learn about Gwen Gorilla, Emily Elephant, Ursula Uakari monkey, Yolanda, Yak, etc.
Bonnie Jean
Nov 24, 2015 Bonnie Jean rated it really liked it
Recommended to Bonnie Jean by: Logan City School District Kindergarten Registration
Shelves: picture-books
Both of my kids really enjoy this book, where Miss Bindergarten and her students both get ready for the first day of kindergarten (though I pity poor Miss Bindergarten having to try to get her room ready from scratch before the kids show up that morning- just about as much fantasy as having otters and lions showing up ;) ). It's fun that the students have both a name starting with each letter of the alphabet and also being an animal that starts with that letter, and my 5-year-old was interested ...more
Oct 15, 2008 Megan rated it really liked it
Genre: Picture Book
Audience: Ages 4-6
Topic: Getting ready for the first day of kindergarten
Curricular Uses: Read-Aloud, Shared Reading, Independent Reading
Literary Elements: Rhyme, Rhythmic Meter, Repetition of "Miss Bindergarten gets ready for kindergarten." ABC book
Reading Level: Early Readers
Illustrations: Cute illustrations showing the different animals getting ready for kindergarten. The illustrations reinforce the text, making this is an easier read for young children.
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Molly Schoonover
Feb 24, 2015 Molly Schoonover rated it it was amazing
This is the PERFECT book for students entering Kindergarten. It will surely keep children amused by introducing all different types of animals, as well as introducing the alphabet in order. Also, it will help children feel comfortable grasping they are now in Kindergarten and their teacher is excited for them to learn.
Sep 23, 2013 Sam rated it it was amazing

I chose Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready For Kindergarten because I can remember loving this book as a child. I always loved the illustrations and the funny things that the animals did, correlating with the letters of the alphabet. Looking at this book as an elementary school teacher, I can see that it provides great literary knowledge to students thanks to its rhyming, repetitive nature. It is easy to follow and includes large, colorful pictures that are perfect for a
Paige Lofton
Feb 04, 2016 Paige Lofton rated it it was amazing
This book is very enjoyable. I like how the author shows the children preparing for the next day and the teacher as well. Many people don't realize that teachers prepare for school days just like the students do. This book is a great combination of the both. It is also a great example of how hard work pays off.
Samantha Matiz
Jun 22, 2015 Samantha Matiz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: language, alphabet
I absolutely loved the way this story was written. It is about getting ready for the first day of kindergarten. While Miss Bindergarten sets up the classroom, we are introduced to her students. Each student is presented in order of the alphabet (Adam the Alligator- Zach the Zebra)
Jul 30, 2011 Candice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sophie
Shelves: picture-books
This is the second Miss Bindergarten book I've read, and it's the perfect book to read to a child who is getting ready to go to kindergarten or preschool. It shows Miss Bindergarten (an English setter dog) waking up on the first day of kindergarten. Then it shows her students getting ready. There are a range of emotions with the children - excitement, apprehension, joy. Each of the children is an animal and they are introduced alphabetically - from "Adam Krupp wakes up" to "Zach Blair finds his ...more
Chandra Fleenor
Oct 21, 2015 Chandra Fleenor rated it really liked it
This book is great to use with children! It has the alphabet and the last page has a list of all the students in the class. It also has enough dialogue to show the children what dialogue is. I enjoyed the book and will definitely use this with children in the future.
Keri Douglas
May 24, 2016 Keri Douglas rated it really liked it
Very cute rhyming and alphabet book. Kindergarten students will love it on the first day of school as well as any other day of the school year. The illustrations were spot-on; teachers are exactly like Miss Bindergarten!!
Jun 25, 2015 Diantha rated it liked it
The book "Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten" by Joseph Slate is very clever. The student's names are in alphabetical order starting at the letter A and working its way down to the letter Z. The letter of the Alphabet not only is in order, the student's name also starts with it too. Each of the students are animals too and for example Adam is an Alligator, Brenda is a Beaver.
This book uses rhyme.
Aug 04, 2014 Brandi rated it really liked it
This is a pretty cute story. (I change the words so that it's applicable to preschool). My students love the book though and when they saw that I had more, they wanted me to read the rest right away.
Jeanette Rakestraw
Mar 23, 2012 Jeanette Rakestraw rated it really liked it
This is a great book to prepare your little one for the first day of school. The use of animals in place of children makes it fun for them and makes the experience "not so real". The animals act like children and do everyday things like brushing their teeth, tieing their shoes, and putting on their clothes. Each animals name is paired to rhyme with a word describing the event thats taking place. It's colorful, creative and the pictures are very descriptive.
I will keep this book handy and read i
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