Sick Day Jitters
by Julie Danneberg
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Pub Date 17 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 17 Oct 2023
Everyone has the jitters at the thought of a day without their favorite teacher!
When the substitute teacher doesn't show up, the other adults in the building pitch in. The art teacher runs a writing workshop, the school nurse teaches science, and the math teacher leads reading! Alternating perspectives show the day from the students' point of view and from Mrs. Hartwell's as the kids keep her informed through a flurry of humorous electronic updates.
Modeling the importance of staying home when sick and resting to get better, this is a funny and heartwarming addition to the beloved series reminding readers that everyone gets the jitters.
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My second graders always enjoy the "jitters" books. Sick Day Jitters was no different! A cute story with a realistic timeline and so relatable to kiddos today. The illustrations are detailed and engaging throughout the story.
I didn't realize there were even more "jitters" books, the kids are begging for more! Thank you for the opportunity to read this to my second graders! I can't wait to get my physical copy of this title and the other titles I don't already have.
Julie Danneberg's Sick Day Jitters is a hilarious look at what happens when a teacher has to call out sick and the children message her throughout the day to let her know the disastrous effect that her absence has caused. As different teachers cover the class from one period to the next, the students realize how much they miss Mrs.Hartwell. All of the 'Jitters' books are filled with delightful illustrations and real-life school situations that my students always enjoy. This will be an excellent addition to my read-aloud basket!
Very cute, modern story about the importance of teachers and their impact on a classroom. I throughly enjoyed reading it with my children
This book was fabulous! I am a teacher and will definitely be buying this book to use for when I have a substitute. It gave me a lot of ideas of how I could have students do something fun with this book. The whole layout and content of the book are so fun.
What a delightful surprise. Danneburg’s “Jitters” books have been popular with teachers and students for years, and I worried this might be a tired recycling, but this was an entirely fresh look at a modern classroom situation.
Julie Danneberg's Sick Day Jitters is a cute look at what happens in a classroom when a teacher has to call out sick, and there isn’t a ready substitute to fill in (a very real scenario in most schools today). The children post digital messages throughout the day as different staff members cover the class from one period to the next, and we get to see a complementary peek at what Ms. Hartwell is up
to throughout her sick day! This is a great title to add to a classroom or school library. I will definitely be adding it to our shelves!
We love Mrs. Hartwell and the Jitter books in my 3rd grade classroom! I was so excited to share Sick Day Jitters with my students! They thought it was funny that everything the kids did at school, Mrs. Hartwell was also doing at home. They picked up on that right away. They liked the idea that the students could communicate on the Hub with Mrs. Hartwell during the day...because my class can't do that. :) They also noticed that other people stepped up when Mrs. Hartwell had to be gone and they recognized that everyone lends a helping hand. There were some humorous parts, like when the kids left pizza in Mrs. Hartwell's desk. My students now think it would be hilarious to do that to me...I'm not so keen on that idea!
Sick Day Jitters is a great addition to the Jitter book collection! Thank you to NetGalley and Charlesbridge for the opportunity to read this book!
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an electronic copy to read in exchange for an honest review.
I was telling my co-teacher about this today. I ADORED it. First off - bang on realistic with a substitute not being available and other staff members having to cover. It was relatable to me and will be relatable to kids as this happens quite often. The other thing from the book that made me so ridiculously happy was the inclusion of Mx as a title for a teacher. It wasn't the point of the story and it was another character. The fact that it was so natural and so inclusive was a breath of fresh air. I cannot wait to buy copies for myself and my teaching partners.
I have loved this series for years and was so excited to see a new book! As a teacher, I have gotten the messages from students when I am out giving me a play by play of everything that is happening, both good and bad. I thought it was believable how they have so many different people coming in because they don't have enough subs to cover the class. However, I would love to just call in and not worry about sub plans :)
Great addition to Jitter books. Not my favorite, but gpod collection. My favorite part is the end to write thank you notes to all teachers that helped. Good lesson for kid to understand thing that adults do is not expectation but the good will.
My students were very excited when I pulled this book out for our read-aloud. We read First Day Jitters at the beginning of the year (and I will be reading Last Day Blues at the end of the year). On sub days I have "Miss Nelson Is Missing" activity that I leave when I'm out. I'm excited to use this story on my next sub day and create a fun activity for my students. I will definitely be getting a physical copy and adding it to my teacher's library.
This book in a series does not disappoint! It would be great to have in the substitute bin at school. The illustrations are perfect! Very sweet book-funny too!
I have loved the jitters book series. This book made me laugh so hard. As the librarian I am the teacher that is constantly pulled to fill in for those who are absent. The fact that the story is told in messages to the teacher is spot on. We all need a day off and this book is a fantastic way to show kids that.
Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book before it comes out in the fall. I have read first day jitters for the first day of school for many years and made jitter juice! This is an ABSOLUTELY PERFECT book to leave for a supply teach mer when you are sick! The writing ideas you can connect to this book would be perfect!
Seriously great book!
What a great addition to the Jitters series.
With the shortage of available subs in schools today, this story was not only humorous but was right on target with the message of everyone pitching in to make things work. Students will be laughing and laughing and identify with just such situations. Great read!
Sick Day Jitters is a great read aloud to use to talk to students about the people who may come in and help when their regular teacher is out. The story starts with the classroom teacher, Mrs. Hartwell, calling out sick. Through out the day, the students are sending her notes about all the different teachers and staff who come in and cover her class. We see the art teacher, the math teacher, another classroom teacher, the nurse, a custodian, the pe teacher, and principal come in and cover the class. A great note to point out is the book does include a nonbinary teacher, using the title Mx. instead of Mr., Ms., or Mrs. You see illustrations of what the class is doing and illustrations of Mrs. Hartwell recovering at home. It was a fun way to tell a story with the students sending messages to the teacher while the teacher is at home sick. Would recommend for a read aloud to grades kindergarten through 2nd.
Thank you to Netgalley for a digital ARC to read this book.
As a teacher, boy did this book feel familiar! When the teacher gets sick, a slew of people take over portions of her day to pitch in and help. This was funny and very realistic.
Thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to read an ARC of this book. This was a cute addition to this author's other books of how the school community came together during the teacher's absence. The illustrations help tell the story and provide much for the reader to explore.
I have read all of these books to my students. I love the series and I am so excited to see it continue.
I loved the Mx. representation in this story. I think it's important that we recognize those different people and make sure they are represented correctly in books. That was a great addition.
I can honestly say that there was nothing in this story that I did not like. Everything the children suggested, she did. That is just showing how connected she is to the children and how important their bond is. I hope this series goes on forever.
Mrs. Hartwell is back - well, she's back in the story, but had to stay home from school because she was sick. To make matters worse, the substitute teacher did not show up, so other teachers had to step in throughout the day to cover the class. As Mrs. Hartwell worried from home, the students helped the other teachers and provided detailed reports to Mrs. Hartwell.
Another delightful story in the "Jitters" series. Danneberg's books are relatable to both students and teachers. Great timeless books for library collections.
This is a delightful addition to the Jitters series. The illustrations and engaging story made for a fun read aloud with my daughter. This would be a fantastic book to add to any classroom or home library.
A big thank you to NetGalley and Charlesbridge for the digital Advanced Readers Copy of Sick Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg. I was excited that my request to review this book was approved. I received a copy for free in exchange for my honest review.
When I requested this book, I wasn't aware that it's part of a book series. This children's book was exceptionally well written, and the illustrations are absolutely fantastic. This is the perfect book for children between the ages of five and eight. It reminds me of a modern day version of Miss Nelson is Missing (Miss Nelson, #1) by Harry Allard. Even as an adult, I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline, and it would be a perfect addition to a teacher's classroom, school library, and/or public library.
Five out of five stars is what I give Sick Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg. If I could give this book even more stars, I would. Don't miss out on this children's book.
What really happens when a teacher has to take a sick day? And what happens if there's no substitute available to cover that class and many professionals pitch in to cover that day? Mrs. Hartwell is out sick. There's no coverage, so the school makes do, as often happens. This book parallels what Mrs. Hartwell does from her sick bed, and what happens in her classroom and at home during Mrs. Hartwell's sick day. Hopefully everyone will benefit from the perspectives shown here.
As a teacher who uses First Day Jitters and Last Day Blues in their classroom, I was excited to see a new book added to the collection. This book takes a modern spin on having a substitute (or multiple substitutes because there was no one to cover). Students write messages to their teacher on the hub to let her know how their day is going.
I like that the author included the pronoun Mx. for one of the teachers covering the class. It brings inclusion to students who may identify in the same way.
This would be a great book to leave for the first time a teacher is out. It is fun and low risk for the substitute in the classroom.
What really happens when a teacher calls in sick? A story told through notes from the students as they go throughout their day without their teacher. The substitute never shows up, so various staff members fill in throughout the day to teach the students. Shenanigans occur as the art teacher teaches writing and the math teacher teaches reading. This would be a cute book to introduce to students before a teacher is expected to be out that even though the teacher isn't there, the students can still learn and have fun.
I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Another fantastic book in the Jitters series! In The Sick Day Jitters, Mrs. Hartwell is out sick, and her students certainly let her know how much she is missed. Creative, with just the right amount of humor, this book will make kids want to get all of the books in the series!
Definitely an interesting and cute book told by the students via text messages to their sick teacher. I wanted to read this to my nieces and they absolutely loved it. It says a lot about a book if it can keep the attention of second graders.
Thank you to NetGalley as well as the author and publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my unbiased and honest review.
It was a cute book! I would recommend this for teachers to share with their students! I loved the ending and it shows children to not only be thankful for their teachers but also for the people that come in and help out if a teacher can not make it in!
I thought this version was super cute! I loves how the kids were sending her messages through the teacher portal.
It was very touching to see how much they missed their teacher.
Sick Dary Jitters reminded me of a modern Dear Mrs. LaRue. The story follows a teacher who is out sick and her students messages throughout the day. I love epistolary fiction especially when it is aimed at a younger audience. It just adds this new element into a book that makes it feel more engaging. It also can help trick kids who don't like to read into forgetting that they are actually reading a story. I had so much fun reading all the messages and seeing the chaos that occured as a result of the teacher being out for the day. And while I hadn't previously known about it, I look forward to reading more in the series.
*Received through Netgalley for my honest opinions*
Sick Day Jitters is the adorable story of a teacher who gets sick, and all the messages her kids send her during the day to cheer her up. They give her lots of advice and good wishes, and they give her updates throughout the day about how their crazy day is going with all the substitute activities and teachers!
This book is hilariously funny. I loved every page!! The illustrations are loads of fun, too! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Thanks Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to review this advanced review copy (ARC) in exchange for my honest review on the book!
I love this series and love this new addition! It is a great book to read to a child especially if they are sick. I can't wait to see this one fly off the shelf as much as the others!
I just discovered that Sick Day Jitters is part of an entire series – and I absolutely can NOT wait to read my little grand, the rest of the series!! Poor Mrs. Hartwell is sick and is staying home from school, no substitute teacher can be found so all the other teachers step up to cover her class. Her kids keep her up to date throughout the day with lots and lots (and lots) of texts. I loved this book – the illustrations are phenomenal, and it literally made me laugh out loud!! This is a great book to add to a child’s or a classroom library! A digital copy of Sick Day Jitters was provided by NetGalley and Julie Danneberg in exchange for an honest review.
This book is a great addition to the series! It gives students insight into what their teacher is doing when they are out sick, and also shows the chaos to might happen in a school if there is no substitute for her!I like how the students show their care and concern for their teacher throughout and the illustrstions imply that their notes and suggestions are what help her to feel better.
I received an electronic ARC from Charlesbridge through NetGalley.
A delightful entry in this series. Danneberg captures exactly what a sick day can be like if the teacher is not there. When a sub can't be found, the rest of the staff steps up to help with pieces of the day. Readers see the story through the emails the students send Mrs. Hartwell as the day progresses. We see the contrast between Mrs. Hartwell resting and getting better and the various antics and learning experiences the class has. I love the illustration toward the end when readers see how many messages have come in for Mrs. Hartwell that day. The detailed illustrations bring readers in to be part of the fun at school and part of the rest and relaxation at home. A definite addition to libraries.
I received a complimentary copy of this book via Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are my own.
I feel as though someone watched my sick day and wrote a book!
It's such a fun story that I think most teachers and students (hopefully) can relate to.
I must applaud the illustrations by Judy Love. They are fantastic and unbelievably fun.
+A digital ARC was provided by NetGalley in return for an honest review.+
Sick Day Jitters is the latest installment from Julie Danneberg & Judy Love in the “Everyone Gets The Jitters Sometimes” series. True to form, it follows Mrs. Sarah Jane Hartwell as she calls in sick from school and the chaos that ensues with her class when she isn’t at the helm.
I like the update to the idea that there is a classroom website where students can leave messages for “Mrs. H” and the illustration showing these messages as the only text to accompany the illustration demonstrate that the publisher is understanding (or at least trying to understand) their audience. It also creates some great opportunities for information literacy lessons.
However, as an educator, I find it troublesome that this book seems to perpetuate a the trope of the “misbehaving class when the teacher is away.” Is this really all we expect from our students? When we have guest educators in our classrooms, the expectation is that they are treated with the highest respect (as you would a respected guest in your home). While that isn’t necessarily a story that’s fun, amusing, or silly (in keeping with this series), it’s a message I’d rather see magnified.
To that end, I do appreciate that the story acknowledges the difficulties of having a disruptive day, the stress that causes on all sides, how staff members all pitched in to help, and that authentic writing was a smart follow up lesson plan.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.
This is the cutest little book about a sick day at a school. This book follows a group of students at a school whose teacher misses school. Their substitute teacher follows to show up and everyone works together. The book highlights the importance of taking care of self, of caring for others and what a day off from school means, Loved the lesson and the story behind.
I received this book as an ARC from netgalley. All opinions are my own.
As a lover of First Day Jitters and Last Day Blues, I was very excited to be given the opportunity to read an ARC of Sick Day Jitters. Every page of this book hit the mark for what it is like for a teacher to call out sick. I loved the modern additions of technology to help maintain the attention of young readers. The stories the students messaged Mrs. Hartwell sound exactly like stories I would hear from my own students when I would return to the classroom after missing a day of school. I would 100% assign this book for a sub to read to my class and see what they would write about their day with a substitute teacher. This is for sure going to be another classroom staple for teachers everywhere.
I love books with not much to read, and a lot of pictures! This one is great, with author talked as some of the students and teachers like in messenger group. So fun, and entertaining too, The illustration are great, and the messages are funny and amusing too. A nice read on sick days or healthy days.
If you are familiar with First Day Jitters, Mrs. Hartwell is back! This time she's sick and has to stay home. Unfortunately, her substitute teacher didn't show up and other teachers in the school had to pitch in throughout the day to cover her class.
When schools re-opened, myself and my colleagues were frequently pulled from our positions (librarian, ESL teacher, music teacher, etc.) to fill-in as substitute teachers for unfilled absences. I recall seeing students write posts to their sick teacher in their virtual classroom, too! I'm ready to share this book and have a laugh with my fellow support/specials teachers!
This is a great book to assign to a substitute teacher a là Miss Nelson is Missing!
We have several copies of First Day Jitters and now after reading Sick Day Jitters, I look forward to reading the rest of the series!
Thank you, NetGalley and Charlesbridge, for providing me an e-copy of this book for an honest review!