School Is Wherever I Am by Ellie Peterson

Published by Roaring Brook Press

Summary:  A boy introduces his school as a building where he goes to a classroom that has desks, a teacher, and his classmates.  But then he wonders if school can be in other places too.  He thinks about field trips to museums or a pumpkin patch, as well as experiences he’s had with his family like cooking and woodworking.  Sometimes school is on a computer screen.  School can even look like making a mistake, figuring out how to fix it, and apologizing.  Inside or outside, the boy decides that school is wherever he is.  40 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros:  A great back-to-school book that encourages curiosity, both in the traditional school setting and outside of it.  Kids can brainstorm their ideas about school before reading this.  I love the endpapers that show different sets of collections associated with places mentioned in the book.

Cons:  Flashbacks to remote learning with the teacher on the computer screen.

August 31, 2022 at 04:15PM Janet Dawson