Easing school fears

Best Bet -- Reading by 9

August 29, 2002|By Molly Knight | Molly Knight,SUN STAFF

Summer is soon coming to an end, and going with it, one hopes, is the heat wave. But for kids, the end of summer is less about weather than it is about one other thing: the new school year.

To help kids prepare for the transition from long days at the pool to long days at school, the folks at Barnes & Noble bookstore in Towson invite kids entering preschool or elementary school to come and hear stories about what to expect from their new schedule.

The stories, which begin at 10 a.m. today (so hurry), will answer questions that anxious back-to-schoolers or first-timer students have about riding the bus, meeting new kids, obeying teachers and getting homework done.

"We'll be reading books that really give kids an idea about what it's like to go to school," says Michelle Stinson, community relations manager for Barnes & Noble. "They will learn that school is going to be fun."

The lineup of books includes Molly Rides the Schoolbus and Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! The story hour will include snacks and a craft that incorporates a back-to-school theme.

Back-to-School Story Time takes place at the Barnes & Noble in Towson, 1 E. Joppa Road. Call 410-296-7021.

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