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Starting Kindergarten

Mo Willems isn't the only "Sesame Street" alumnus writing books for children, of course.  Norman Stiles, former head writer for the PBS show, has penned On My Very First School Day I Met... Stiles, whose wife teaches kindergarten in Manhattan,  told USA Today's Bob Minzesheimer, "I wanted to do a joyful book that was fun and would relieve the tension [of the first day of school], if there was any, and open discussions with parents."

The USA Today article suggests other books for soon-to-be kindergarteners, too. My advice? Choose one carefully, and don't get carried away. (I say that because I am always getting carried away.) I regret reading any book to Junior before his first dental appointment when he was three. The dentist was so cool, with magic tricks, a trinket machine, and so on, that you'd barely know that he had examined Junior's teeth. One of the books (which I should have previewed before reading aloud) featured a kid who ran off down the street rather than going to the dentist.


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