Beat the Back to School Blues And Bullies with two great books for young children!

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Author, former teacher and mom Kate Messner has battled the back-to-school blues from all sides – and won!

Her picture books Sea Monster and the Bossy Fish and Sea Monster’s First Day help students, parents and teachers address some of the fears and challenges that come at the end of summer and the beginning of the school year. We received both of these books to review and these really are Must-Haves for younger children starting school! Sea Monster’s First Day is a delightful story about starting school and making new friends. Young children will absolutely love this story! My favorite is Sea Monster and the Bossy Fish and is a fun tale about how to deal with a bully.  Both books can be found at Chronicle Books.

About Kate Messner


Kate Messner books for kids include the acclaimed Martie McGuire series, Capture the FlagHide and Seek and Over and Under the Snow. She’s been honored by New York Times Notable, Junior Library Guild, IndieBound, and Bank Street College of Education Best Books selections. The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. was the winner of the 2010 E.B. White Read Aloud Award for Older Readers. Kate spent fifteen years teaching middle school and earned National Board Certification in 2006.  She’s a popular speaker at schools, libraries and professional conferences, and was the only children’s book author invited to speak at the TED 2012: Full Spectrum Conference.


We have teamed up with the Author for a Back-to-School Giveaway! You can win both books! You must be a subscriber to enter! Next, leave a comment below with a helpful tip for the first day of school or a tip for how to deal with bullies. Deadline to enter is September 10th, 2012 at midnight. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries.

Self Disclosure: I received books for free to review but any opinions are my own.




  1. Before starting school we try to get back to a reasonable consistent bedtime.

  2. We usually take advantage of all the back to school sales, and go to Toys R Us and get the buy the backpack and get the lunch box for free deal.

  3. schedule!

  4. Say something nice and walk away from the bully.

  5. Shayna Wells says

    ignore the bully is possible…if not, tell an adult

  6. Debbie moretti says

    For the first day of school, put a nice note in their lunch. It makes them feel like you are there with them.

  7. SoCal City Kids says

    Congrats to Debbie M!

  8. Debbie moretti says

    Thank you!

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