Book Review: Zachary Goes To School

Disclaimer:  I was provided an advanced copy of this book from the author to facilitate this review.  As always, all opinions are my own.

  • The Facts:  Zachary Goes to School, written by E. Danielle Butler Cover, Illustrated by Jonathan Barnhill, published by EvyDani Books 2017 USA, 24 pages, ISBN: 978-0-9989945-2-9


  • The Review:  Beautifully illustrated and simply written, Zachary Goes to School, is the perfect book to read to or with your little one before they go to pre-school, daycare, or kindergarten for the first time. Through the eyes of the main character you experience all the feelings most children go through when they get ready for their first day of school, excitement, anxiety and trepidation, and mostly curiosity.  It is a delightful book that you can return time and again even with older children when they are about to embark on something new.


  • This book is aimed at a younger pre-school and early elementary audience (ages 3-6) and explores themes of making new discoveries, overcoming fear, finding independence, family, adapting to new settings, and more. I read this book with my children who are a little bit older than the target age demographic and it sparked a lively conversation about their memories of their first days of pre-school and “big-kid” school.  This then led to a larger conversation about the feelings associated with new experiences and new environments. Pick Zachary Goes to School up if you have a young one getting ready for school for the first time, you will not regret it!

Lia World Traveler

Lia World Traveler, is the quintessential every-woman, a loving wife and mother, daughter, sister, friend, author/singer/song-writer, movie and book buff, DIY loc’d naturalista, food lover, sports and fitness enthusiast, news junkie, traveling fool, diplomat, diversity/social inclusion advocate, and life-time learner. In both her work and private lives, Lia has seen a lot and done a lot and through her writing; she shares her adventures and insights with you in her blog Life As I See It.



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    October 13, 2017


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    October 13, 2017

    Looks an amazing book for the young ones

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    Mimi Green

    October 16, 2017

    This sounds like a cute story, my daughter just started Kindergarten this year.


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    Acasha | 4EverMcKenzie

    October 16, 2017

    This books sounds like one my daughter would enjoy! Thanks for sharing!

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    October 16, 2017

    Hey… I like this! Am I to old to read it too? My 7 year old says “mommy, this is still cool” LOL. Cause I enjoy all things adventurous and helping the little one mind grow strong, with teaching them stages of being independent all by simply reading a easy-go-to-guide. GOOD review.

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    October 16, 2017

    Sounds like a very cute book! Love the illustrations!

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    Tiffany H.

    October 17, 2017

    While I like fairy tale stories, I’m glad to see more books where they talk about real live experiences for little children. Starting school and new experiences can be great and freighting all at the same time.

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    Sapphire Kharyzma

    October 17, 2017

    This would be such a great book for my nieces. I have to check it out!

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    October 17, 2017

    I love the illustrations. My kids are older but I do have a few little ones on my Christmas list this book will be perfect for.

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    October 18, 2017

    Thanks Lia! You have a lot of cool book reviews for kids on your site. This is another good one. I really appreciate these because it helps me when searching for stuff for my kids. My daughter will be starting Pre-K next year so I think this would be great for her.

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    October 18, 2017

    My son isn’t daycare or school yet, but this seems like it would be a great read for him.

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    October 20, 2017

    I love this. Mine is headed to kindergarten! This will be perfect for him.

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    October 27, 2017

    This looks so cute! My little ones aren’t so little anymore, but this looks like a great gift for kids just starting out at school.