Children's Books


Peggy Robbins Janousky

ISBN: 978-1554518630; 978-1554518623;

Publisher: Annick Press

Price: $17.95 (hc), $9.95 (pb)


Kids aren’t the only ones who get nervous on the first day of school! It’s the first day of school and Miss Macintosh is certain about one thing: she isn’t going! As she snuggles back under the covers, the doorbell rings. In comes Mr. Bellweather, the school principal, who assures her that all kindergarten teachers have first day jitters.

Soon, other teachers arrive to help get her out the door. Mrs. Burger, the lunch lady, makes sure she has a good breakfast; Mrs. Sketcher, the art teacher, helps her pick out clothes. Still, Miss Macintosh is anxious. What if she can’t find her class? What if no one likes her?

When she finally stands at the front of her class, she can tell that the children are nervous too. That’s when she comes up with an idea to put everyone at ease—including herself.

A perfect read-aloud to children who may be anxious about school, this book will get them laughing—and reassure them—as they get ready for the big day.


Peggy Robbins Janousky

Debut author of the picture book illustrated by Meghan Lands

Featured on SLJ’s Go To The Head of the Class / Back-to-School Roundup:


“This is a perfect first day of school book for anyone who is feeling anxious. Hopefully we will be seeing more of Miss Macintosh and her fun colleagues in the future!”

School Library Journal, 09/16

“Kids will get a kick out of Miss Macintosh’s childlike behaviors … A nicely diverse addition to the teacher-doesn’t-want-to-go-to-school shelf.”

Kirkus Reviews, 05/18/16

“Miss Macintosh is “spot on”… splendid …with a wonderful engaging text that makes the whole story buzz and come alive. It is a perfect read aloud …”

Storywraps, 09/05/16