Posted by: Kathy Temean | May 28, 2019


Annie Silvestro has another picture book, BUTTERLIES ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. It is illustrated by Dream Chen and published by Sterling Children’s Books. Sterling has agreed to share a book with one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping Annie and Dream!


The first day of school is exciting—but it can be scary, too!  BUTTERFLIES ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL (May 2019) by Annie Silvestrois the perfect story to help ease those first day of school jitters!

Rosie can’t wait to start kindergarten—she’s had her pencils sharpened and her backpack ready for weeks. But suddenly, on the night before the big day, her tummy hurts. Rosie’s mom reassures her that it’s just butterflies in her belly, and she’ll feel better soon.

Much to Rosie’s surprise, when she says hello to a new friend on the bus, a butterfly flies out of her mouth!  As the day goes on, and as Rosie makes friends and has fun at her new school, she frees all her butterflies, and even helps another shy student let go of hers, too.


The idea for BUTTERFLIES flitted into my head one afternoon just in thinking about the phrase, “I have butterflies in my belly.” I tend to be a bit of a worrier and so it’s something I relate to! That got me to wondering, what if those butterflies were actually real? What if they flew away when we started to feel calmer? Or when we faced our fears? Fluttery nerves happen to many of us on the first day of school, so I decided to focus this story on that specific type of anxiety and how it affects not just the child, but most likely her parents, too.

My agent, Liza Voges, sent the manuscript to my editor at Sterling, the amazing Meredith Mundy, who I had worked with on MICE SKATING. She asked for a revision and acquired the story soon after. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work together again! I was also excited to be paired with illustrator Dream Chen to bring this story to life, and I am grateful to the entire Sterling team for making it happen.


Annie Silvestro is the author of Mice Skating (Sterling) and Bunny’s Book Club (Doubleday). She also works as a consultant in her family’s finance business and serves on the board for Seas It, a cancer charity that promotes recovery through recreation. She is currently a Volunteer Coordinator for the New Jersey chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Annie resides in Rumson, NJ, with her husband and two sons. Learn more about her at


Dream (Mengqian) Chen received her BFA in animation at Communication University of China and completed her MFA in visual art at the Minneapolis College of Arts and Design. She has experimented with photography, stop-motion animation, print making, illustration, paper making, and book making. See more of Dream’s work at

Thank you Annie for sharing your book and journey with us. The illustrations are great. It looks like another winner for you. Good luck!

Talk tomorrow,



  1. This looks like a wonderful book, one I could see reading often with my daughter who will be starting kindergarten in the fall! Kudos on a great concept!


  2. Congratulations Annie & Dream on creating a beautiful and touching book on dealing with nerves on the first day of school (or any time).


  3. I love this book story idea and the illustrations are delightful. I can’t wait to heck it out for my soon to be kindergartener 😊


  4. What a fun concept for a book. And perfect for my son who will be in kindergarten next year.


  5. What a fun book — I can’t wait to check it out!


  6. This looks so sweet and beautiful, Annie! My family of worriers and I can relate to the feeling:)


  7. Cute idea!


  8. This book should be a winner. It has all the ingredients via the artwork and the story. We can all relate to this story and most of us have been there. Wishing you much success.


  9. This is such a cute concept. My daughter will be entering Kindergarten next year. Books like these really help to ease the transitions!


  10. I love this concept! And as a mother, I can understand how kids feel ont he first day of school…


  11. This sounds perfect for every kid who’s a little bit nervous on their first day. I’d love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance!
    I’ve tweeted a link to your post:, and pinned an image with a link on PInterest:
    Thanks again, have a great day everyone!!


  12. Love the concept and story of Butterflies on the First Day of School. Congratulations, Annie!


  13. Beautiful illustrations and a sweet story!


  14. What a delightful idea for a story. Congratulations Annie and Dream!


  15. What a sweet idea! Love how you’ve turned something literal into something lberating. Congrats!


  16. Love the idea of REAL butterflies! Clever! Can’t wait to read this one. Congratulations to both of you! (Sharing on Twitter)


  17. What a sweet book and what a clever idea for the story. Thanks for telling me about it.


  18. Congrats to Annie and Dream! No butterflies in the belly on this book.


  19. Can’t wait to read this. Congratulations!


  20. Annie, I just love everything about this book, and the fact that you worked with Meredith (the sweetest person, as are you!) on it 😀 It’s amazing what comes from “What if…?” 🙂 CanNOT wait to see!


  21. Such a sweet idea to ease first school day jitters! Congrats to Annie.Will post on Facebook and twitter.


  22. What a perfect theme for a first day of school book! I would love to read it.


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