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Kindergarten Diary

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  194 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
Starting kindergarten can be a little scary. But Annalina shows us there are lots of new and exciting things to look forward to—meeting your teacher, playing on the monkey bars, feeding the pet tortoise, and making new friends. Experience the ups and downs of the first days of kindergarten through Annalina's very own diary (as told to Antoinette Portis) and discover why th ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 22nd 2010 by HarperCollins
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Jul 19, 2010 paula rated it it was amazing
Check out this quote from Kindergarten Diary:

We are Room 2K.
We are fine!

Assertive. Clear-eyed. Defiant-like. Almost... anthemic. And, written as it is beneath a drawing of three little kids hanging upside-down, big smiles on their faces and their belly-buttons showing, "fine" begins to assume a whole bunch of meaning:

* First kid (subtext): "Not only are we 'fine,' we are happy and fine!"
* Second kid (subtext): "And we're just going to get fine-r!"
* Third kid (subtext): "Not only did we have
Lacey Louwagie
One of my favorite genres to read is published diaries -- I don't really care what the diaries are about -- war, adolescence, writing, I'll read 'em all. I also like fictional stories that are told through diary entries or letters, such as I Capture the Castle or Code Name Verity. So I thought it might be fun to see what a "fictional diary account" from a kindergartener might look like.

While this book is cute, there is nothing that really distinguishes it as a "fictional diary" rather than just
Dec 13, 2010 Dianna rated it liked it
This would probably be good for kids going into kindergarten who are a bit afraid. I won't be reading it to my son again, as I think it could plant a seed of anxiety that isn't currently there.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Sep 18, 2010 Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy) rated it it was amazing
This is a great book to read to a kindergarten class at the beginning of the school year. However, I was sad to realize that in some ways, kinder is no longer like what is depicted in this book.
Jul 31, 2014 Tam rated it liked it
Shelves: school
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Mary Ann
"I don't want to go to Big School with big kids. What if they're mean?" worries Annalina on the day before she starts kindergarten. But her mom insists that she really has to go to school, and here we have her diary of her first month in kindergarten. I loved how this story really helped get inside the feelings of the child, showing what's scary and fun about school. The illustrations are lively and fun. Annalina has a wonderful imagination. When she worries that her teacher will be scary, she i ...more
Sheeba Virani
Jan 25, 2012 Sheeba Virani rated it liked it
Shelves: feelings
This is a great book to use in the Pre-K classroom towards the end of the year when children are getting ready to transition to Kindergarten. It helps children acknowledge their fears and worries about Kindergarten especially if they are changing schools. The book explains in detail the activities and routines that occur in a Kindergarten classroom. It helps children focus on the fun that awaits them and prepares them for easy transition.
After reading this book in a large group setting
May 07, 2015 Naomi rated it liked it
A great read for a new K student. Done in a diary format shows the growth of Annalina during her first days of Kindergarten and that it isn't so scary to be the new kid on the block.
Nov 17, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: autonomy, school
I love the diary format of this book, the illustrations that perfectly accent the text & how it brings up all of the major fears of starting big kid school! Pre-K & new kinders.
Jessica Gappy
Jul 13, 2015 Jessica Gappy rated it liked it
Shelves: for-the-littles
A little too long without much going on. Couldn't keep my 5 year olds attention even though she really wanted to like it.
Oct 20, 2015 Kim rated it liked it
Annalina's kindergarten diary may be reassuring to little ones who are nervous about starting at a "big kid" school.
Anthony Pate
This is book about all the different friends we meet during our first week of Kindergarten.
Sep 19, 2015 Paula rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
This is such a cute little book for a kindergarten classroom.
Jun 09, 2016 Kaye rated it really liked it
A great book to break the ice about going to kindergarten.
Oct 28, 2015 Esodhiambo rated it liked it
Shelves: primary
common experiences
writing names
Diane Mcsweeney
Sep 27, 2015 Diane Mcsweeney rated it really liked it
Prefect first week of Kindergarten read aloud.
Sep 14, 2015 Mckinley rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture, school
First days of kindergarten.
Mar 09, 2011 Brandy rated it it was amazing
Ms. Portis did a tremendous job with this book telling the story of an average five year old girl who is a little anxious and scared about starting kindergarten. As a teacher I would choose this book to share with my kindergarten class on the very first day of school. This book can lead to a discussion about what the children should expect for the year and sprecial events or activities that may happen. It would also be a good time to talk about the differences and similarities between preeschool ...more
Aug 13, 2010 Tatiana rated it it was amazing
A reassuring account of the first month of school, counting down the kindergarten jitters on the day before the first day. This diary has the quirky voice of a little girl who voices her concerns about what to expect at school, but is determined to have a good time and enjoy herself. The illustrations are simple yet vibrant, and the story itself will resonate with all youngsters anticipating the first big day in kindergarten.

Highly recommended for ages five and up, and for the first day of schoo
Great illustrations. There are some things that my Kinders might be envious of that they don't get to have in Kinder.
Oct 26, 2010 Gphatty rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, picture
I really liked this book. I love Portis in general, and I rather wish this book was as great as Penguin Story, Not A Box, etc. But I found the format tricky to navigate, and the concepts a little harder than the ones she normally tackles. It is very busy -- not as bad as Marissa Moss' diary/journal books, but similar. And thus, I think this book would be better for someone slightly older - not necessarily in kindergarten, to whom this kind of book is typically marketed toward.
Tara Ribblett
Jan 25, 2012 Tara Ribblett rated it really liked it
Shelves: eced-221
Kindergarten Diary is a book that begins with a little girl who does not want to go to kindergarten. She is afraid of the teacher and worried about the other kids being mean to her. As she goes through the month of September she learns how much fun kindergarten can be. The pictures and the layout of this book fit the needs of children just starting kindergarten. It is an imaginative and informative book and can be very helpful for the first day of kindergarten.
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Annalina is anxious about starting kindergarten. Readers get to follow her diary through the first month of school and "Anna" learns that kindergarten isn't scary after all.

I enjoyed Anna's honest feelings, her wild imagination, and the hilarious pictures (especially of Ms. Duffy).

Unfortunately, I could not convince my son (kindergartener) to read this because the main character is a girl. I think the book appeals to both boys and girls...but maybe not.
The Library Lady
Aug 12, 2011 The Library Lady rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Pitch perfect. Portis gets the feelings of a 5 yr old just right--the anxieties, the ups and downs of friendships, the struggles and triumphs. I was particularly amused by Annalina's deciding to become "Anna" for school since it's easier to learn to write it--something I can empathize with myself. A great addition for a topic where there are plenty of good books, yet always room for another one come August and September.
Jul 21, 2010 Davina rated it really liked it
Kindergarten Diary is about the first month of a little girl's Kindergarten experience. Before going to school she fears the big kids and teachers; after she has been there a few days she learns how to climb on the monkey-bars and share with the other students, and even how to write her name; she experiences show-and-tell, picture day, and even snacks. Best of all she learns about what it means to be a friend.
Apr 16, 2011 Tanika rated it it was amazing
This story is about how the first day of kindergarten can be scary. One little girl, Annalina, shows us that there are lots of new and exciting things to look forward to. Annalina will show us her experience of kindergarten through her very own diary. This book is great to read on the first day of kindergarten. The students will learn that kindergarten is not as bad as they think.
May 27, 2013 Alissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A diary about kindergarten written from a kid's point of view. I loved the funny little things in it that an adult can totally relate like when the girl gets up for show and tell and goes on and on about her doll shoes until her teacher says 'thank you Anna. Now let someone else have a turn." Then Anna writes in her journal 'I LOVE show-and-tell.'
Very cute book
Mar 29, 2012 Jeanette marked it as childrens
Shelves: picture-books
Another very cute story from Portis. I read this while at the bookstore. A great book for kids starting school but it is for that reason that I doubt I will read it to my kids. We homeschool and therefore the message of this book is kinda lost on my kids. But I would still highly recommend this for people with nervous kindergartners headed to school.
Jan 25, 2012 Matt rated it really liked it
Shelves: eced-221
This book is wonderful to read to children in kindergarten. It starts out the first day of school and Annalina is terrified to go to big girl school. Through an excellent design of pictures and text it takes her trough her journy of kindergarten whether its good experiences or bad she always comes out and says "we are fine".
Literacy Group
This is a book all about the fears children have before going to kindergarten. The book about what children want to wear, what they think their teacher will be like what they learn and more. The goes day by day following a little girl. It starts on September 1 and goes on until one day....

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Antoinette attended the UCLA School of Fine Arts and is a former creative director at Disney. She lives in Southern California.
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