Go on a back-to-school adventure with this fun and empowering board book that highlights all the ways young readers can become a “Very Important Preschooler” or VIP!
To be a Very Important Preschooler, there’s only one main rule, we play, we laugh, and work together to have a good week of school!
In this fun rhyming story, follow five special VIPs on each day of the school week as they highlight all the reasons why they’re a very important preschooler! The perfect board book to get your preschooler excited and ready for the first day of school, this tale highlights the importance of being kind to your friends, doing the right thing, and being a good leader.
Ella Bailey is an illustrator of picture books and other things. She graduated from Falmouth University in 2013 and is currently based in Devon in the UK. She likes to use limited yet lively color palettes, and some of her favourite things to draw include children, animals, and ghosts.
What’s it take to be a VIP—a “Very Important Preschooler”? Five enthusiastic classmates, including kids of varying abilities and skin tones, run through the basics in Jin’s rhyming text, each explaining key responsibilities they carry out on a given weekday. “On Wednesdays, it’s my turn to be the line leader,” narrates a child, portrayed with brown skin, who uses a wheelchair: “It’s my job to lead the class/ and stay quiet in the halls./ I watch and wait and keep the pace/ so that nobody falls.” From classroom greeter to recess helper, Bailey’s figure-focused art depicts each cheerful, wide-eyed kid donning a paper crown when they describe their special duties. Though there are no velvet ropes for this VIP crowd, amid scenes dotted with student artwork and toys, the board book’s inclusive message stresses “we play, we laugh, and we work together,” insisting that “we’re all VIPs in more ways than one.” Ages 1–5. (July)