Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Going to School?

Book review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Rhyming picture book promotes enthusiasm about school.

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Educational Value

Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Going to School? offers exposure to a day's activities at a typical school or daycare, including counting and singing, eating and napping.

Positive Messages

Attending school is promoted as a positive, fun, and educational experience that kids have abundant reasons to be excited about.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters are simple but realistic, and are shown as positive and curious, with adult characters as encouraging and present.

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Going to School? is a fun, rhyming picture book that takes kids through the excitement of a day's worth of activities at preschool or daycare: counting, playing, snacking, napping, and painting. It promotes positivity and excitement about attending school.

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What's the story?

Kitty Cat is off to school, and the day holds a number of exciting activities: napping, eating, playing, drawing, and counting, all culminating in his getting picked up by his mother.

Is it any good?

KITTY CAT, KITTY CAT, ARE YOU GOING TO SCHOOL? is a simple, fun book written by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson, with illustrations by Laura J. Bryant, that fosters enthusiasm for education and socializing at the preschool or kindergarten level. It works for kids who already enjoy school, or could help ease anxiety for those who are more reluctant or fearful about it.

The rhyming text and expressive watercolor and colored pencil illustrations add to the storytelling. The soft, reassuring pastels look quaint and old-fashioned,  which really fits the sweetness of the book.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what's it like where you attend school. How are your activities similar to or different from Kitty Cat's?

  • What's your favorite activity at school and why?

  • The book uses rhyming to make the words sound like a song. Do you like rhyming? Can you think of any words that rhyme?

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For kids who love animals and school stories

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