Jumping Into Kindergarten

A Picture Book to Help Kids Get Ready for the First Day of School

Includes Digital Resources!

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SKU: B845-Net

Kindergarten represents a big jump into the unknown that, while exciting, can also cause nervous anticipation for everyone involved. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be scary!

Today’s complex, technology-driven world is changing rapidly. As it does, what our children need to know when they enter kindergarten is changing as well, requiring a new and improved set of school-readiness skills called “QI Skills” (pronounced key) that will give them the foundation and confidence to succeed. In this fun and engaging story, bestselling authors Julia Cook and Laura A. Jana bring to life for children, parents and educators the important connection that exists between everyday behaviors and the development of valuable, 21st century life-skills during early childhood. This book includes creative, practical tips to help readers implement these skills at home and in the classroom.

Follow Roo as he figures out how to use and apply his amazing QI Skills: ME, WE, WHY, WILL, WIGGLE, WOBBLE and WHAT IF!

I love to move around and explore, so my favorite skill is WIGGLE.
I can jump into things, and reach for the stars, and bend and stretch and jiggle!

With a backpack full of “super cool” skills and a head full of questions, Roo is excited to jump into kindergarten, and your children will be too!

Written by Julia Cook, Laura Jana
Illustrated by James Newman Gray
Paperback ISBN 9781937870447
Grades PK-K
32 pages
Release Date July 25, 2017

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National Center for Youth Issues

Julia Cook, M.S. is a award-winning children’s author, counselor, and parenting expert. She has presented in thousands of schools and speaks at education and counseling conferences nationally and internationally. Julia has published almost one hundred children’s books on a wide range of character and social development topics, and regularly contributes to print and television media about these topics. The goal behind Cook’s work is to actively involve young people in fun, memorable stories and teach them to become lifelong problem-solvers. Inspiration for her books comes from working with children and carefully listening to counselors, parents, and teachers, in order to stay on top of needs in the classroom and at home. Cook has the innate ability to enter the worldview of a child through storybooks, giving children both the “what to say” and the “how to say it.”

Laura A. Jana, M.D. is a pediatrician, acclaimed parenting book author, and adjunct professor at Penn State University. With more than two decades experience working with parents, early educators, news media, academia, government, non-profits and corporations alike, Dr. Jana is dedicated to maximizing every child’s potential.

This book beautifully captures what we all know to be true – that who our children become is as important as what they know.

Jo Kirchner
CEO, Primrose Schools

A must-read for all children getting ready to start kindergarten…amazingly fun and engaging book that also teaches key skills that will be critical to their success in both kindergarten and life!

Dr. Tanya Remer Altmann

As a Preschool, Young 5’s, and Kindergarten teacher for the last 16 years, I have not come across a book that “get’s it” like this one. Children who come into kindergarten with these skills will be more confident and parents will feel more at ease.

Dawn Luckritz
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