New Book, Preschool Day Hooray!, Eases Back to School Jitters

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By bringing young children inside its “big kid” hardback cover to experience a busy, happy day at preschool, PRESCHOOL DAY HOORAY! (Scholastic/Cartwheel Books June 2010) - by veteran children's author Linda Leopold Strauss - eases the “back to school” jitters for parents and preschoolers.

Preschool Day Hooray! was selected by Scholastic as one of their “Top Picks for Back-to-School Books” for 2010.

Especially for families with a toddler approaching preschool, this book provides a comforting and specific look at the school day.

Going to school for the first time, even returning to school after the summer break, can be unsettling, even scary, for some children. By bringing young children inside its “big kid” hardback cover to experience a busy, happy day at preschool, PRESCHOOL DAY HOORAY! (Scholastic/Cartwheel Books June 2010) eases the “back to school” jitters for parents and preschoolers. Selected by Scholastic as one of their “Top Picks for Back-to-School Books”, the effortless, rhythmic text by award-winning author Linda Leopold Strauss is enhanced by illustrator Hiroe Nakata’s vivid illustrations of children discovering the bigger world. Children already attending preschool will recognize themselves and their friends on the book’s colorful pages, and those about to start preschool will see what this new adventure called preschool is all about. The seventh book published by Strauss, who has been writing for children for more than thirty years, Preschool Day Hooray! lists for $8.99 and is available at Amazon.com and at both independent and major bookstore retailers across the country.

“Especially for families with a toddler approaching preschool, this book provides a comforting and specific look at the school day,” wrote Mary Harris Russell for The Chicago Tribune (July 24, 2010). “Hiroe Nakata's illustrations, with soft blocks of color within white edges, provide a gentle and familiar world.” At http://www.cincymomslikeme.com the mother of preschool-aged children wrote, “One of the biggest problems my kiddos have is adjusting to new and different routines… This book is helping us show and establish the routine in their minds before putting it into action this fall.” Another mother commented, “My oldest daughter who is already in preschool really enjoyed this book. Every time she looks at it she notices something different she enjoys.”

“I wanted to write something that would reflect the experience of young children, new to preschool, and make it feel like a welcoming, reassuring place,” Strauss comments. “It’s very rewarding to learn the book is equally reassuring to their parents.”

A graduate of Vassar College and Columbia University, Strauss began her writing career when her daughters were young. She has published stories in numerous children’s magazines (including Cricket, Spider, Ladybug, Hopscotch, Astrapi and School), and seven books for readers aged 3-years through teens that have been translated into French, Italian, Swedish and German. They include THE PRINCESS GOWN (Houghton-Mifflin, 2008), REALLY TRULY EVERYTHING’S FINE (Marshall Cavendish, 2004), A FAIRY CALLED HILARY (Holiday House, 1999), THE ALEXANDRA INGREDIENT (Crown, 1988), which was a nominee for the 1990 Mark Twain Award, and COPING WHEN A PARENT HAS CANCER (Rosen, 1988), named one of the “Best Books for the Teen Age” by the New York Public Library.

Her new non-fiction book, DROP EVERYTHING AND WRITE!: AN EASY, BREEZY GUIDE FOR KIDS WHO WANT TO WRITE A STORY, is scheduled for publication December 15, 2010 (E&E Publications). Another book, a Passover picture book entitled THE ELIJAH DOOR, is due out from Holiday House in 2012.

Strauss, the mother of two grown daughters and grandmother of two, lives with her husband in Wyoming, Ohio, a northern suburb of Cincinnati. She regularly engages with young readers visiting schools and libraries. She has also taught writing to students of all ages from kindergarten to adults. Study guides for her books can be downloaded from her website, http://www.lindaleopoldstrauss.com.

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