First Day Jitters - Julie Danneberg, Judy Love

First Day Jitters is one of my personal favorite books for the first day of school. The main character Sarah Jane Hartwell is dreading her first day of school and does not want to get out of her bed. When she arrives to school, the principal welcomes her and takes her to her classroom as he introduces her to the class as Mrs. Sarah Jane Hartwell, the teacher. I love this plot twist, because it makes students feel more confident about their first day and makes them feel like they are not alone. One activity that could be incorporated in the classroom is to have an anchor chart with the prompt "My First Day Jitters" and students can put their feelings on the chart. The teacher can also have 'jitter juice' to give to students. 


Lexile level: 520L