Hurry, Little Tortoise, Time for School!

By Emanuel Berger | June 10 2022 | Children'sBlog

It’s the first day of school and Little Tortoise is worried. Can she get there on time?

It’s the first day of school and Little Tortoise is ready with a backpack filled with new school supplies. Little Tortoise can’t wait to get to school and tries very hard not to be the last student there.

But soon Cheetah, Llama, and even a snail on a scooter, overtake her.
And then when she gets stuck in the gutter of the book, she’s sure she’ll be the last pupil to arrive! But the timely arrival of Mr. Sloth, her new teacher, changes everything.

Gentle reassuring language full of wordplay, and bold and bright art by an up and coming artist offer students a comforting story about this new experience. Here’s a fresh way to encourage reluctant students to be on their way.

Enjoy this Activity Sheet

Carrie Finison can’t remember a time when she didn’t love reading picture books, and now she writes them as well. Her favorite themes are friendship, encouragement, and doughnuts! When she’s not writing in her cozy attic office, Carrie loves reading mystery novels, trying new recipes, and hanging out with her husband, son, daughter, and cats.

Erin Kraan is a children’s book illustrator, woodcutter and printmaker. She loves the process of carving her characters into wood and seeing how their quirky and whimsical identities come to through the ink in the prints. Erin usually walked with her siblings to get to school wearing her favorite pair of red sneakers. She made it on time before the bell rang…most days…

Hurry, Little Tortoise, Time for School!
978-0-593-30566-9
It's the first day of school and Little Tortoise is worried. Can she get there on time?
$17.99 US
Jul 19, 2022
10 x 9
Hardcover
40 Pages
Random House Studio
Age 3-7 years

Dozens of Doughnuts
978-0-525-51835-8
A generous but increasingly put-upon bear makes batch after batch of doughnuts for her woodland friends without saving any for herself in this delightful debut picture book about counting, sharing, and being a good friend.
$18.99 US
Jul 21, 2020
9-1/2 x 10-1/2
Hardcover
40 Pages
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Age 3-7 years

Don't Hug Doug
(He Doesn't Like It)
978-1-9848-1302-2
Meet Doug, an ordinary kid who doesn't like hugs, in this fun and exuberant story which aims to spark discussions about bodily autonomy and consent--from author Carrie Finison and the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of The World Needs More Purple People, Daniel Wiseman.
$16.99 US
Jan 26, 2021
9-1/2 x 9-1/2
Hardcover
32 Pages
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Age 3-7 years

Sorry, Grown-Ups, You Can't Go to School!
978-1-5247-7084-6
This fun role-reversal picture book will help reluctant students get excited to go back to school!
$17.99 US
Jul 16, 2019
8-1/2 x 11
Hardcover
40 Pages
Random House Books for Young Readers
Age 3-7 years

Take Your Pet to School Day
978-1-5247-6559-0
Wouldn't it be fun to bring your pet to school? Now imagine if EVERYONE brought their pet to school! That's exactly what happens in this hilarious picture book! A lighthearted, perfect read for back to school--no matter what that looks like!
$17.99 US
Jul 02, 2019
10 x 10
Hardcover
40 Pages
Random House Books for Young Readers
Age 3-7 years

Elmore
978-1-5247-1863-3
The creator of the Toot & Puddle series brings us Elmore--the warmhearted porcupine sure to steal the hearts of a new generation of Holly Hobbie fans!
$17.99 US
Jan 30, 2018
9 x 9
Hardcover
40 Pages
Random House Books for Young Readers
Age 3-7 years

There Are No Bears in This Bakery
978-0-399-55665-4
The creator of the New York Times bestselling The Bear Ate Your Sandwich brings us another sly story of a hungry bear and a smooth-talking narrator.
$17.99 US
Jan 08, 2019
11 x 8-1/2
Hardcover
40 Pages
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Age 4-8 years