Beagles and Books wishes a very Happy Book Birthday to It’s Your First Day of School, Busy Bus written by Jody Jensen Shaffer and illustrated by Claire Messer. Special thanks to author Jody Jensen Shaffer for sending me a copy that I will also share with my #bookexcursion group. All opinions are my own.
Who isn’t nervous on the first day of school? It’s Your First Day of School, Busy Bus tells the tale of Busy Bus who is both anxious and excited for his first day on the job. Ben, the bus driver, thoroughly checks Busy to make sure he is ready performing tasks such as measuring the air in his tires, filling his gas tank, turning his lights on and off, inspecting his emergency door, and of course, starting Busy’s engine. Although Ben is confident that Busy is ready for the road, Busy is worried. What if he gets homesick or doesn’t make any friends? Thankfully, Ben is there to ensure Busy’s first day of school is a success!
For early childhood teachers, It’s Your First Day of School, Busy Bus is the perfect read aloud for the first week back. Busy is experiencing all the same emotions that children feel anticipating their first day of school. Busy is adorably drawn, and Messer sweetly conveys his range of emotions with his eyes and mouth. The illustrations span the spread so the artwork is large enough for children to view during a read aloud, which is a plus.
What I love most about the book is that Ben is right by Busy’s side to support him. When he places Busy’s nameplate on him, Busy not only realizes he is ready but also that he is safe, clean and most importantly, loved. When I think about children returning to school in the fall, building relationships is by far the most crucial. Like Busy, children need to feel safe and loved which in turn instills confidence and a belief that they can achieve great things.