The Pigeon Has to Go to School by Mo Willems
Posted on 10/07/2020
The Pigeon Has to Go to School by Mo Willems

"Students at my school love the Pigeon books by Mo Willems. I can't keep them on the shelf."

Sue Smith, Ooltewah Elementary

The Pigeon Has to Go to School by Mo Willems, is the Hamilton Book of the Week nominated by Ooltewah Elementary School. When a bus driver takes a break from his route, an improbable volunteer spring up to take his place! The replacement is a pigeon, but you've never met one like this before. As the pigeon pleads, wheedles, and begs his way through the book, children will love being able to answer back and decide his fate. In his hilarious picture book debut, popular cartoonist Mo Willems perfectly captures a preschooler's temper tantrum.

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"This rollicking, funny take on first-day-of-school jitters gets at the fears and concerns kids have that can make them not want to go at all. 'The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!'" – Common Sense Media

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 Hamilton Book of the Weekseeks to move Hamilton County Schools closer to district goals found in the Future Ready 2023 action plan.  We hope to encourage kids to read more books for fun by sharing books popular at area schools. 

Goals more students reading will address include:

  • Reading improvement will increase the number of students on-track or mastering English language arts 
  • Improve the district ACT score to a district average of 21     
  • Reach the target goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by 2023