First Day of School Memories with #TonyBaloney

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Last week was Graham’s first week of first grade!  Because I work in the school system, it was also my first week back and it was a crazy one!  Because we can so closely relate to the first day of school jitters, I was excited to participate in this sponsored campaign with Scholastic and the Tony Baloney books.


With so many kids heading back to school either this week or last week, I wanted to take a moment to share favorite first day of school memories.  I will never forget Graham’s very first day of Kindergarten.  He was so excited and I was so nervous.  I felt like he was going to love it, but I was so anxious to see how the day was going to go for him.  The longest part of the day was the walk to his classroom.  It seemed like we were never going to get there and I tried to picture him making this walk all alone just the next day.  I was amazed as I dropped him off that second day of school and he walked off with such confidence.

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Flash forward to the first day of First grade.  We already knew where his classroom was and I already met the teacher the day before on meet the teacher day.  So, I asked Graham if he needed me to go in with him.  He said, “No mom.  I’ve got this”.  And with that, I let him walk all by himself to class on the very first day of school this year.  I can’t even believe that I am typing that sentence!  Don’t worry, I still snapped the first day of school picture and kissed him more times than he would’ve liked.  It just amazes me how much they grow in a year!  One thing hasn’t changed.  He still wants to work with his dad!  I love it.  The other thing that remains the same is his love for books.  Tony Baloney School Rules has been a fun one for Graham to read and really is relevant for him this week.


Tony Baloney School Rules is a great book for kids in grades Kindergarten through 1st grade.  It is also a wonderful book if your child is reluctant to head back to school.  Tony starts his day excited but nervous about what he will encounter.  He is anxious to get away from his baby sisters and have a new adventure.  The illustrations are great, while still feeling like a “big kid” book.  I love the way it reads with a rhythm.  I know that this has to be what helps appeal to young readers as well.  Kids will also love all of the fun surprises Tony runs into.  Find this adorable hard-cover book for your first day of school sweeties for about $2.99 from Scholastic.

What first day school memories do you have?  

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  1. I’m thinking Tony’s feelings are a pretty good mirror of what so many kids feel as they head to school. What a great recommendation!

  2. This would be an awesome book for my middle son who is starting Kindergarten tomorrow. He is super excited but a little nervous. Thankfully he has his older brother also going into 1st grad that is confident to help him. I think he would have a tougher time if he was the oldest getting on the bus all by himself. (And I think it is so sweet that Graham wants to work with his dad!)

  3. So adorable! I will definitely be picking up this book for my daughter who starts Kindergarten next week!

  4. So grown up, Mia asked about the book so we may be picking it up!

  5. What a GREAT way to help ease children into school. Looks like your guy was ready to go, hope he is having a great second week.

  6. Love the photos! MY son’s first day of first grade was yesterday. When did they get so big?

    I’ve heard great things about the Tony Baloney back to school book. The librarian on TSM also included it in her back to school round up! Librarian + real-mom recommended = good book!

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