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Ollie's School Day
A Yes-and-No Story
by Stephanie Calmenson
Abby Carter, Illustrator

Reinforced | 24 pages | 9 1/2 x 11 | US$ 15.95
ISBN: 9780823423774 | 09-01-2012

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: PRESCHOOL | Age: 3 to 6

Themes: Preschool, School
Recommendations: A, C, K*, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
L.1.1, 1e, 1f, 1j, 2, 2a, 2b, 4, 4c, 5, 5c, 5c, 6
RF.1.1-3, 3g, 4, 4a, 4c
SL.1.1, 1a, 1b, 1c, 2-6
W.1.1, 3, 5, 8
RL.1.1-5, 7, 9

About the Book

Children are invited to shout out the answers—some silly, some serious—to yes-and-no questions as they follow Ollie during a day at school.

What will Ollie wear to school? A bathing suit? NO! A spacesuit? NO! A police officer's uniform? NO! Will Ollie wear pants, a shirt, socks, and shoes? YES!

While chock-full of fun, this book offers many educational opportunities as it engages children in the reading process, exposes them to the sight words "yes" and "no," and teaches social skills and positive classroom behavior.

Funny call-and-response text and wacky illustrations will make this a read-aloud favorite.

Stephanie Calmenson, a former kindergarten teacher, has written many books for children. She lives in New York City. For a Q&A with Stephanie, click here!


Click here for the Ollie's School Day press release!

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. What is the main idea of OLLIE'S SCHOOL DAY? How is the main idea reflected through details in the story? RL.K-2.2

2. How does author Stephanie Calmenson structure the book? How does the structure add to the meaning and tone of the story? What makes the story funny? RL.K-2.1 / RL.2.5

3. Retell the story using your own words. (Ex., Ollie is going to school. He is wearing pants and a shirt, socks and shoes. Ollie eats a bowl of cereal for breakfast. He will get to school on the bus.) RL.K-2.1, 2 / L.K-2.1

4. Make text-to-self connections. Answer the questions in the story from your own point of view. W.K-2.3