"You're Finally Here", by Melanie Watt is one of the newest books to my collection. This books main message is centered around waiting, but can be used for other topics as well. The bunny in the story has been waiting forever for his reader to finally arrive, and he lets you know just how upset he is with you for making him wait so long! At the end he draws up a contract for the reader to sign telling him you will stay forever! This story is funny and children will love it. "You're Finally Here" can be used as a first day back story to read to your students to let them know how happy you are that they are in your classroom and that you have waited all summer for them to get to your class! Before the first day you could type up a "contract" for the students to sign. It could be about classroom rules or things that you expect from your students or anything you chose to make it about. This story can also be used for a writing prompt about what they did all summer while you were waiting on them. This book has many options for activities. I will say it is hard to find a new copy of this book for a cheap price. It also doesn't have a lot of information for it. It is usually out of stock online at Barnes and Noble, but I can't say for in-store shopping. Books a million does not carry it unless they have changed recently.
Guided Reading Grade Level: 2
Guided Reading: K