DLee’s First Day of School is a learning book for age’s two to five. In this story, the character DLee experiences the fears and joys of going to school for the first time. With its colorful illustrations and bold characters, it is the perfect book to read to any child who has never experienced an educational setting before.
About the Author: Diana Lee Santamaria
Diana Lee Santamaria is a Latina children’s author of a bilingual preschool book series entitled, “DLee’s World.” Ms. Santamaria has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education along with eight years of teaching experience. Her “DLee’s World” series is optimized for children ages 3-5 and encourages early literacy while embracing diversity. The main character, DLee, is bright and quirky with a passion for learning. Each character represents a different ethnicity to further give young children new ideas about acceptance and fun. DLee’s World incorporates elements of the author’s childhood and professional experiences. The books use playful verbiage and developmentally appropriate learning strategies to increase reading comprehension. About the concept for DLee’s World, Santamaria stated it best when she said, “As a child who struggled with reading, I understand the importance of literacy and making it fun for children, so I work on bringing all the essential elements into DLee's World. Since literacy is all around us, why not give our children the best opportunity at success by encouraging habits of learning at the earliest ages possible? I want my stories to spark children’s interest in books and awaken a thirst for learning and knowledge.” “DLee’s Color Hunt,” “DLee’s Outdoor Countdown,” “DLee’s First Day of School,” “DLee’s Nighttime Scare,” and “DLee’s Bad Day” (in English and Spanish) were the first five books in the series. Now the author has done it again by successfully publishing bilingual versions of each of her books. When asked the author said, “My hopes are to be able to design my books to be tools for children and families to either learn a new language or for English Language Learners (ELL) to strengthen their knowledge of the English language with their educators at school and families at home.”
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