Ready and Waiting for You – A book about entering kindergarten


ReadyAndWaitingForYou_Cover_Web_sizedYesterday, I had the pleasure of reading a book by Judi Moreillon.  Ready and Waiting for You (illustrated by Catherine Stock) is much more than the average “prepare for kindergarten” book. The loving tone and multi-cultural characters in this book distinguishes it from all the others. A repeated lyrical phrase invites children to kindergarten: “Come in. Come in. Come in through this door. Are you new?” The pages with door illustrations have flaps that open out, leading into different school related spaces: a yellow bus, the school entrance, the library, cafeteria, and classroom. In each setting, brightly colored collage characters complete the phrase with, “We’re ready and waiting for you.”

 Some sophisticated vocabulary words (i.e. “your boisterous bus mates”) blend in easily with the rhymes. Characters come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. The detailed illustrations can be used as starting points for conversations. This book was listed as one of Bank Street College’s 2014 Best Books, recommended for children ages 4-6. Have a look at the book trailer,, and see for yourself how wonderful this book is!


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About Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen

A renowned national speaker and accomplished author, Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen is best known as the creator of Mother Goose on the Loose, an award-winning early literacy program. Her charismatic presentations always include an easily-understandable combination of research and practice. Recognized by the ASCLA Leadership and Professional Achievement Award for “revolutionizing the way librarians work with children from birth to age 3” and the 2018 Vattemare Award for Creativity in Libraries, Betsy’s passion is for helping children and the adults in their lives be the best they can be while sparking a love of reading.