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Monday 9 December 2019

Review: I'm Ready for Christmas and I'm Ready for Preschool

I'm Ready is a great series of books for toddlers and preschoolers.

The first two titles are I'm Ready for Christmas and I'm Ready for Preschool.

They're sturdy board books that tell a story to introduce and explain situations for young children.

The series is illustrated in super cute style by Jedda Robaard, with pictures beautifully complementing the text.

And the books themselves are just the right size for little hands to hold.

A little wombat narrates I'm Ready for Christmas, telling of her excitement as her favourite day draws nearer.

She describes seasonal preparations like the neighbourhood's celebrations, special Christmas food, and decorating their Christmas tree. Gift giving and family visits are also important.

In I'm Ready for Preschool, the narrator is a koala. He's both excited and nervous about reaching the milestone of starting preschool and being like all the older kids.

Koala tells how he has everything he needs ready for preschool: lunch box, water bottle, backpack, hat, and other things.

He makes new friends at preschool, plays with new toys, and dresses up. There are also lots of amazing stories to listen to.

One of the great things about this series is that it's Australian. That means the Christmas story is set in summer!

And the preschool environment looks and feels very Australian, too (visible wattle and gum trees help with that).

The stories address common questions children might have, and the friendly characters and recognisable situations will appeal to them and help gently allay any concerns.

Grab these books for the littlest book lovers in your family, and you'll be well on your way to preparing them for new experiences.

Other titles in the series are expected next year and include stories about a new baby, Easter, birthdays, and swimming.

Title: I'm Ready for Christmas / I'm Ready for Preschool
Author: Puffin
Illustrator: Jedda Robaard
Publisher: Puffin, $12.99
Publication Date: October 2019
Format: Board book
ISBN: 9781760891619 / 9781760891602
For ages: 2 – 5
Type: Picture book