Today Biblio Links welcomes back one of my favorite authors, Audrey Vernick!
As kids head back to school, I thought this would be the perfect time to introduce (or reintroduce) readers to the charming picture book Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?
In tongue-in-cheek style, Vernick advises buffalo owners everywhere how to prepare their buffalos for that all-important first day of Kindergarten. My own kids and students laugh out loud at the buffalo’s antics, but the true message of acceptance shines through. Although diversity is never mentioned in the text, Daniel Jennewein’s illustrations of the students in the buffalo’s classroom reflects a variety of ethic backgrounds.
My son gave this book to his Kindergarten teacher last year when we met her for the first time at Open House in August, and I think it would make the perfect gift for the newly-minted Kindergartener in your family or neighborhood.
I asked Audrey about ways in which readers connect with Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?
Biblio Links: If we were to peek into a classroom where a teacher is using your book in a lesson or with a small group, what might we see?
Audrey Vernick: This is another one of those things that I never came close to envisioning during the writing/editing process–but this book really lends itself to classroom use. You might see anything from hoof painting to hula hoop Venn diagrams to cave drawings to the creation of a class guide just in case a buffalo happens to show up one day. Or, you might hear a whole classroom, as one, moaning “Eeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!” when you reach the page that describes what cud chewing is.
And this page has a bio and a link to recent interviews: http://audreyvernick.com/Bio.html.
My website also has information about my school visits, other books, reviews, and there’s a page (with link to a free downloadable buffalo door hanger coloring sheet) for this book’s sequel, TEACH YOUR BUFFALO TO PLAY DRUMS.
Biblio Links: I’ll also add the Buffalo’s Facebook page here. Thanks for stopping by, Audrey!
Check out Audrey’s middle grade novel, Water Balloon, and her other picture books, Bark and Tim, Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? and Teach Your Buffalo To Play The Drums, and picture book biographies She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story and Brothers At Bat.
Click here for some buffalo love, including a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly.
I’d love to hear from other teachers and librarians, parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles…what book(s) do you recommend to ease first day of school jitters?
The Nitty Gritty~
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: July 2010
Interest Level: Ages 4 and up
Number of Pages: 32