First Grade, Here I Come!

by Tony Johnston, Illustrated By David Walker

Cartwheel Books
July 2015

Ages 5 – 6 . Grades Kindergarten – 1

Library of Congress: 2014043398

Lexile measure: AD680L

DRA: 20

Guided Reading: L

Kindergarten? Done!

"I'm zooming off to first grade now.
I need about five friends
to play good games like hide-and-sneak
and where-the-sidewalk-ends."

Tony Johnston's playful stanzas meet with David Walker's joyful art to create a remarkable foray into first grade--with all its peaks and valleys. There's reading and counting, sure, but also show-and-tell, singing, crafts, and of course, recess!

Watch out everyone, 'cause first grade, here I come!
Tony Johnston

Tony Johnston is the author of nearly 100 picture books and early readers, including The Iguana Brothers, illustrated by Mark Teague. Her first novel, ANY SMALL GOODNESS: A NOVEL OF THE BARRIO, was named an NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts, an IRA Notable Book for a Global Security, and a Judy Lopez Memorial Honor Book. It was also awarded the first annual Southern California Booksellers' Association Children's Book Award. Ms. Johnston lives in California with her husband.
David Walker

David Walker is an artist and illustrator of many books for children. He can be found painting in his studio in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. You can visit his website at



Paper Over Board / Smyth

ISBN: 9780545201438

32pp. | 7-½ x 9