Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton is a new great first day read aloud. I love the first page illustration of Splat lying wide awake in bed with huge eyes. I know I’ve felt (and probably looked) like that the night leading up to the first day of school.
“It was early in the morning
and Splat was wide awake.
Today was his first day of Cat School
and his tail wiggled wildly with worry.”
What great descriptive words and alliteration! Besides using this book as a first day read-aloud, you could also use it as a mentor text. The illustrations are really engaging for kids and they can relate to having things that keep you up at night worrying, especially a new class or a new school. There are almost two story lines going: new school worries and Splat’s friend Seymour, the mouse, not being liked by other cats.