All Are Welcome: Welcome Back! (Step Into Reading: Step 2 Reading With Help)

by Alexandra Penfold (Author) Suzanne Kaufman (Illustrator)

A back-to-school celebration featuring the beloved characters from the New York Times-bestselling All Are Welcome!

This Step 2 early reader is perfect for emerging readers who are excited to learn more at school.

The sun is up. The day has begun.

It's back to school

For everyone!

The kids from All Are Welcome are heading back to school and eager to see old friends, make new friends, and learn to be readers, writers, listeners, and leaders. Three things they keep in mind: Always try. Have fun. Be kind.

Step 2 Readers use basic vocabulary and short sentences to tell simple stories. They are ideal for children who recognize familiar words and can sound out new words with help. Perfect for children who are ready to read on their own!

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PreS-Gr 1--It's the first day of school, and despite the inevitable nerves, everyone is ready to reunite and begin a positive new year. As the sun rises, children all over town are getting dressed, eating breakfast, and finding their way to a new classroom. They settle in with a new teacher, prepared to learn, share, and grow, while welcoming everyone to their supportive educational environment. This early reader is well-suited to its target age group: the narrative appears in rhyming couplets and short phrases that are sometimes presented all together on one page or separated out among several. Thus, the text offers ample white space to encourage fledgling readers to advance with confidence from one page to the next. Within the rhyming sentences are familiar words with occasional challenging vocabulary peppered throughout. Though the pacing of each line is not symmetrical from one page to the next, the narrative flows smoothly for newer readers. Children will enjoy the cheerful and inclusive illustrations that accompany the text, especially as characters with a wide range of skin tones, cultural backgrounds, and abilities are depicted. All are welcome in this classroom, and the visual component is a testament to that fact. VERDICT Approachable and inclusive, this early reader provides just enough of a challenge for young children who are preparing to enter a positive new school year.--Mary Lanni

Copyright 2023 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Alexandra Penfold
Alexandra Penfold is a literary agent and the author of the New York Times bestseller All Are Welcome, Big Feelings, All Are Neighbors, The Littlest Viking, and Eat, Sleep, Poop. When she isn't writing and drinking strong iced coffee, she can be found perfecting her lattice crust. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Suzanne Kaufman is an author, illustrator, animator, and lover of school potlucks. Her books include the New York Times bestseller All Are Welcome, Big Feelings, All Are Neighbors, Confiscated!, I Love Monkey, 100 Bugs!, Naughty Claudine's Christmas, and Samanthasaurus Rex. When not tramping through the wilds of the Pacific Northwest, you will find her teaching animation or working in her studio. She lives in Seattle with her family.
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9780593430040
Lexile Measure
250L
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publisher
Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication date
June 20, 2023
Series
Step Into Reading: Step 2 Reading With Help
BISAC categories
JUV039090 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | New Experience
JUV035000 - Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
Library of Congress categories
Stories in rhyme
Schools
First day of school
School fiction

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