Graduation Day! by Candice Ransom, illustrated by Ashley Evans

Published by Random House Books for Young Readers

Summary:  A boy is excited for his kindergarten graduation.  He and his classmates go through their morning routine one last time, and he reflects on all the things he’s learned during the year, although one skill, tying his own shoes, has eluded him.  The kids don caps and gowns and line up to go on stage.  When he notices his shoe is untied, the boy tries to tie it himself and finds out he’s learned how to do that, too!  After graduation, there’s a round of good-byes, and the story ends with the boy picturing himself in first grade.  32 pages; ages 3-6.

Pros:  This rhyming early reader, with its illustrations of a diverse and happy school, would make an excellent gift for a preschool or kindergarten graduate. 

Cons:  In my experience, learning to tie shoes does not occur quite that spontaneously.

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