Special Needs Mom Illustrates Children's Books That Helps Toddlers thru First Grade Readers Overcome their Emotional Challenges with First Day of School Anxiety While Demonstrating Bravery*
The first day of school can be filled with a flurry of emotions.
Emily D. and the Frightful First Day is a wonderful story to share with children who are feeling nervous and worried about the first day of school. This instructional story will generate conversations about hard feelings and the joy in overcoming challenges.
Emily’s Mom says school will be exciting. Her Dad says it will be an adventure. Emily does not agree!
Change can be hard for children. Emily will miss her teacher, her friends, her schedule and even her classroom from last year. She is especially worried about making new friends.
Will school ever be the same? What can Emily do to make her first day of school super fun?
In this delightful story about overcoming difficult feelings, young readers will:
• Learn that change can be ok – it can even be wonderful!
• Realize they are not alone in their feeling – other kids can also feel nervous.
• Discover that you can be brave and scared at the same time….
• And so much more!
Emily D. and the Frightful First Day is the third book in The Super Fun Day Books series by Sivan Hong. The Super Fun Days Books series is a collection of inspirational stories through which young children learn how to work through and overcome social and emotional challenges. There are a lot of fun, laughs and feelings, lessons to learn, and plenty of things for children to think about. Sivan wrote the book with simple-to-understand wording and illustrations for children of every ability to enjoy.
The illustrations in Sivan Hong's book series are deliberately simply to appeal to neuro-diverse kids. Research shows that busy illustrations are not appropriate for young kids with Autism or ADHD.
About the Author
Sivan Hong authors and illustrates the children’s book series The Super Fun Day Books, including Benny J. and the Horrible Halloween, George J. and the Miserable Monday, and now the third book in the series, Emily D. and the Frightful First Day. Her inspiring books focus on young children, who overcome their emotional challenges and demonstrate perseverance and bravery. Sivan is a strong supporter of publishing more diverse books from a racial, gender and neurodiverse perspective. Sivan also occupies seats on the Board of several foundations and non-profits.
When she’s not working, Sivan enjoys being a wife to her lovely husband and a mother to their two wonderful children. They have a dog and cat and live a quiet and contented life in their home in Connecticut.
ISBN - 978-1-7367444-2-0
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The illustrations are so cute! I still remember my nervous feelings before the first day of school everyday. Now my own children are going to a new school this year and I have nervous feelings with them! Hopefully this book will help kids realize that those nervous feelings are perfectly normal.
Emily D and the Frightful First Day highlights Emily's fears about her first day of school in a new classroom. She does not want to change classrooms, since she liked her schedule and her friends from the previous year. She lists many reasons why she does not want to start school on the first day. Emily has a lot of fears that most children would have, either with starting a new school or changing classes after a summer vacation. Emily likes to know what is going to happen, and that change after the summer scares her and makes her very anxious. This book would be excellent for children who become anxious over change, or children with Autism, who have marked responses to change, and need things to go just as they expect. This book can teach children that although change is difficult, it does not always have to be bad. Emily, despite a lot of anxiety about her new classroom, liked it in the end and the day was not as frightful as she had expected it to be. This would best be used for children who are already in school, but changing classrooms (or even schools) from year to year, or for kids with anxiety disorders or Autism, to help teach them that although change happens, it does not always have to be bad. Thank you to the author, illustrator, publisher and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
This is a good book for anyone who is transitioning into a new class and is aimed especially at children with additional needs. The messages are simple and clear and I think would be well received and helpful. The illustrations are simple and effective. A definite must read for a child who needs that little bit of reassurance regarding their new class in September. Many thanks to the author and NetGalley for gifting me this arc in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
This book is fun to read with little ones. It feels like something they would write themselves to give explanations of a day, what they would miss etc. Really short and sweet, with good illustrations.
I received an electronic ARC from Darcie Rowan PR through NetGalley. A delightful story about the first day of school. Emily shares with readers why she is nervous and the top five reasons she does not think the first day is an exciting adventure. Readers may relate to her concerns and share them. I appreciate that her parents and new teacher make sure everything is comfortable for Emily before the school day begins. Readers see her examine the room, find the locations within it, review the schedule and spend time one on one with her new teacher. Emily then takes us through the first day and finishes with the realization that it will be okay. Love the illustrations and easy to follow text. This is a terrific addition for families who want to calm fears before the first day of school. The information Emily shares will lead to discussion and dialogue in many homes.
This was a very quick, simple read. The illustrations were simple and good. I think this book will definitely help kids who are transitioning into school.
This fab book is a must have for any young children who may be nervous about their first day back at school. It is an instructional read which follows Emily D as she fights her nerves and starts in a new class at school. How the book is written gives children a brief glimpse into what to expect on their first day and help ease their worries. I think this is a fab book and highly recommend it to calm the nerves of any new school starters! Whether it be from starting school to changing to a new school, I think this book could be a useful tool. **I received an advanced copy of this ebook to read and review. Thank you NetGalley, the author and publisher for allowing me this opportunity**
Sivan Hong does it again! We meet yet another anxious child that is about to make a school related transition. This time, rather than starting school, they are changing classes and will be in a class with other kids they don't know. The book is marketed as a story about a child that has additional needs but what I love about Hong's stories is that the child is no different from any other that has fears about change; additional needs or otherwise. Emily takes us through her list of why she doesn't want to endure her first day. She then takes us to school and shows us why actually, there is nothing to fear after all and that despite the differences, some things remain the same too. Emily D and the Frightful First Day gets a 5/5 stars for keeping with its series theme, presenting a vibrant, colourful and illustrated story about a common experience and its attempt to stay young minds that have concerns about change. The language used is childlike and relatable to the target audience and would serve as a good preparation for transitioning to Reception/ Year 1 or following a move to a new area.
Very simple, easy to read book that is perfect for any child nervous about starting school, or starting in a new class. Such a lovely book!
This story is about Emily who is worried about the first day of her school. Her parents say it will be fun, exciting and adventurous but she doubts it. Emily gives the top 5 reasons why she thinks the first day will not be adventurous as her parents say. The first day of school means a lot of change in her schedule. She will miss her friend, her teacher, her timetable, her classroom from last year and so on. But she eventually learns that the change can be good and fun too. The story shows how children feel about the first day of their school and their emotions which are shown brilliantly. It helps children to understand that the change can be good for them and helps them to be brave and courageous and develop positivity. The illustrations are brilliant and the writing too is simple. This is a perfect book for kids who are starting their new class to let go of their nervousness. It's a really good book and highly recommended. Thanks Netgalley for the review copy in exchange for my honest review.
I was interested in this book as a mother of two young girls who have both struggled with change on day to day routine and my eldest who has childhood anxiety. This book being written by a special needs parent really comes across as they touch on Emily's struggle with meeting a new teacher, having a new schedule and not being able to sleep due to nerves. I also found it really interesting that she simplicity of the words and the pictures was due to studies that say that children with certain learning difficulties don't handle 'busier' or more detailed illustrations. A very great resource for those with children who might be struggling.
We read this book with my son to help him ease his fears of the first day of school after being virtual this year. Because he just started school this year, he has no experience going into a school building. As he becomes a first grader next year, he is experiencing anxiety over going to school for the first time, so this book provided us with a great opportunity to ease his fears. The story focuses on Emily's first day of school and the fears she has about it. The book provides great examples about what a child can expect during their first day of school and focuses on the positives. Overall, an enjoyable read and it helped my son to see the good things that come with the first day of school. We'll be rereading the book as his first day of school approaches.
I always appreciate books about the first day of school. Having two children myself, they can be hard days, but books like this help normalize that feeling and give the kids tools when they encounter these situations. The illustrations could use some improvement, but the message is great!
Emily D. has anxiety about going back to school. She has 5 good reasons, including summer is fun. Sometimes new things are hard, but we can do them with support. As an educator, I would recommend this book for a family who has a child who is anxious about school. This book would also be great for a school open house. Thank you to NetGalley and Darcy Rowan PR for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.
This is really a sweet, necessary book! Change is hard. I love the integration of the cognitive behavior therapy in the text. I use that with my oldest a lot for school issues. Perfect illustrations, too!
Beginning a new school year can be very scary. Anticipating the first day can bring butterflies in the stomach, unbridled anxiety and lots of apprehension. "Emily D. and the Frightful First Day" is an important story to share if your child is feeling overwhelmed with thoughts of "the unknown"transition as a new school year begins. Emily's mom encourages her by telling her that it will be exciting to tackle and conquer a brand new year while her dad sums it up as an adventure. Emily isn't buying it. She's consumed with worry and fear. Emily goes through a list of reasons why she is feeling like she does and I am sure a lot of kids (and adults) can identify with them. It is not easy to leave the familiar, comfortable things you appreciate and enjoy and step out into the unknown. Change can be difficult to wrap your head and heart around. Will Emily be able to overcome her fears and bravely take on her new challenges? This is the 3rd book in the "Super Fun Day Books" series. The collection deals with overcoming difficult feelings and kids can learn that change is okay and a part of life. It's comforting that they are not alone feeling the way they do and that other kids often feel exactly the same way. Kids learn a valuable life lesson: you can be scared and brave at the same time. I love the book and highly recommend it.
Emily D. and the Frightful First Day is a delightful book explaining to children that it is ok to be nervous on the first day of school and that they are not alone in their feelings. It is supported by super cute illustrations Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for my ARC.
As back to school approaches this book has found its place in our home at the right time. We read about Emily D. and her first day jitters. My littlest loved the story. It is simply written and clearly shows how some children have fears about the first day of school. But it also shows how that even though things are different they will be okay. Reading this out loud allowed my 3rd grader to voice some of her fears. The illustrations were bold and nicely done. Over all I think this would be a great addition to any classroom, definitely an ice breaker! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 💫
I am kind of dreading admitting it, but it's back to school time ya'll. Yesterday, we spent the day getting school physicals, shopping for supplies and getting back-to-school haircuts. So, it seems like the perfect time to share about this picture book, Emily D and The Fearful First Day by Sivan Hong. This adorable picture book is all about the first day of school and now is the perfect time to start reading it with your preschoolers and elementary age kiddos of any grade, especially after the chaos that COVID wrecked on the school schedules & consistency last year. The message of this book is to show kids how to overcome emotional challenges, like a first day of school, and can be especially helpful for kiddos who are anxious, worried or just unsure about school. I love picture books for helping to prepare my kiddos for new experiences and this one is full of adorable illustrations