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This Is a School Hardcover – Picture Book, March 29 2022

4.8 out of 5 stars 153 ratings

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Schu's debut picture book salutes the school community and the positive role it plays in kids' lives. . . Jamison's watercolor, acrylic, and digital-collage illustrations employ a sunny palette, well suited to the text's upbeat tone. . . . Schu emphasizes the school as a community, where growth, celebrations, transformations, and work all occur, providing a reassuring introduction to this near-universal experience.
—Booklist (starred review)

Librarian and book advocate Schu invites readers into a school community in which all voices are heard, each person learns, and everyone—and everything, including the plants in the school garden—grows. . . . This introduction to school communities shows children what happens inside a classroom via a vision of school at its best—one that leaves readers with a sense of belonging and inclusion.
—Publishers Weekly

Well suited for both independent reading as well as a read aloud. . . . Full spread illustrations showing the whole community mix with smaller, more intimate portrayals of kids and adults hard at work, providing strong movement throughout the story. This is a solid choice for classrooms and libraries looking for updated beginning of the year or school stories.
—School Library Journal

A soaring panegyric to elementary school as a communal place to learn and grow. . . the central message here is that school is a physical space, not a virtual one, where learning and community happen. . . . A full-hearted valentine.
—Kirkus Reviews

This book is so beautiful! I can see the love, joy, inclusion, and empathy on every single page. What a gift this is for kids, educators, and families.
—Supriya Kelkar, children’s author of Brown is Beautiful

This upbeat, book-length definition of ‘school’ emphasizes big ideas. The spare, syncopated text describes 'school' as a place to grow, learn, create, celebrate, transform and work in community. It’s the cheery art that makes the abstract concrete. . . . Enthusiasm is lightly tempered with honesty. . . . The pandemic is not yet out of sight or mind, but the overall message is clear: School is cool.
—The San Francisco Chronicle

John Schu’s friendly book about how school feels when it’s at its very best is an invitation for young people to learn, grow and enjoy their days in the classroom. . . . Focused on the joys of togetherness, this simple but effective book is a wonderful way to encourage young people to make the most of their new school year.
—The Virginian Pilot

John Schu's story serves as a letter to schools and addresses how its members are still a community, whether they are together in the classroom or not.
—Tiny Beans

About the Author

John Schu is the author of This Is a School, illustrated by Veronica MillerJamison. He is also a children’s librarianat Bookelicious and a part-time lecturerat Rutgers University. He was previouslythe Ambassador of School Libraries forScholastic Book Fairs and has workedas a classroom teacher and schoollibrarian. He travels all over the worldvisiting schools and meeting withstudents, teachers, and administrators ashe advocates for the people and thingshe cares about most: kids, books, schools,and the libraries—and librarians—thatconnect them. John Schu lives inNaperville, Illinois. You can find hispopular blog, Watch. Connect. Read.,at and follow him@MrSchuReads.

Veronica Miller Jamison is an illustrator and surface pattern designer who was trained as a fashion designer. She has created art and patterns for Hallmark, Essence magazine, and Lilly Pulitzer. The illustrator of A Computer Called Katherine, written by Suzanne Slade, Veronica Miller Jamison lives in Philadelphia.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Candlewick (March 29 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 40 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1536204587
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1536204582
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 476 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 27 x 0.94 x 25.73 cm
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Welcoming Addition to Libraries Everywhere
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Welcoming Addition to Libraries Everywhere
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This is a School is a colorful, cheerful picture book depicting life in an elementary school. The text and illustrations parallel perfectly to create a book that will be engaging and relatable for young readers. This would be a great book to read at the beginning of the school year. The book jacket can also be used as a poster to promote reading! Highly recommended for library collections that serve young children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This beautiful book belongs in every classroom
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reminds us all about the beauty that is a school community.
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