Hello, friends! Our book today is VIP: Very Important Preschooler, written by Cindy Jin and illustrated by Ella Bailey, a sweet instruction manual for little ones entering their first classroom.
A group of five preschoolers welcome the reader to their classroom, where they are all VIPs: Very Important Preschoolers. Each day of the week, a different kid from the class acts as their teacher’s special helper, greeting classmates at the door, helping to set up and pass out supplies, acting as line leader, and so on. While each child gets a turn at being the special helper, they all emphasize the importance of teamwork and cooperation.
Short, sweet, and packed with cheerful encouragement. For little ones who are entering their first classroom environments this year, it can be helpful to explore not only the activities and relationships they can look forward to, but also their responsibilities to their teacher and classmates. This neat little board book helps introduce little ones to concepts like line leaders, cleanup leaders, or recess helpers, where they will be expected to act as authority figures and as a community, often for the first time. This is not a comprehensive look at starting preschool for the first time, but does explore a theme that most picture books on the topic do not, and quite well. Bailey’s classroom is charming and her characters diverse, the length is great for a quick read, and JJ enjoyed it. A good one to add to the list for preschool preparation, and we recommend it – Baby Bookworm approved.
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)