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Kindergarten #tbt Show and Tell –part 16

September 14, 2017

Today’s #tbt Kindergarten Show and Tell is from

 Jill Santopolo. 

I LOVE the little hearts on her tights! Pretty sure my daughter wore some just like these every chance she could… : )

This sweet kindergartner grew up to be an author of both #kidlit and adult books, the Editorial Director of Philomel Books (Penguin Young Readers) with TWO #1 bestsellers in 2017 (!), and an adjunct Creative Writing professor.
Did I mention Jill Santopolo has
TWO new books of her own out this year too?


–the tenth and final installment in her Sparkle Spa chapter book series.

(Aladdin / Cathi Mingus, illustrator)

“Girls are sure to enjoy the concept of a kid salon and the everyday activities of sisters, family, and school situations. The simple, easy-to-read text flows effortlessly…”

Library Media Connection /All That Glitters



(G.P.Putnam’s Sons)

Jill Santopolo’s NATIONAL and INTERNATIONAL Best Selling

debut novel for adults,

now available in over 30 languages!

“A beautiful and devastating story that will captivate readers.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“It’s the epic love story of 2017 and the ending is one you’ll be feeling for months to come.” —Redbook

One Day meets Me Before You meets your weekender bag.”—The Skimm

Here is a sample page:

As Jill said recently at memorial event on September 11th,

“…story is a bridge between people with different backgrounds. “


It’s no wonder that this is her Kinder memory:

I don’t remember a ton of things from kindergarten (it was so long ago now!), but I do remember that we had a piano in our classroom, and my kindergarten teacher played the piano for us while we sang. I couldn’t tell you what songs they were, but I do remember that I loved the sound of her playing and the whole class singing along, together. No one ever misbehaved during song time.

TOGETHER is the key word here,

and in my opinion, we need this more than ever.

Music does indeed bring kids (& grown-ups) together–

no matter our differences.

I firmly agree with Jill, that story does this too.


As the Editorial Director at Philomel,

Jill Santopolo has helped to shape many wonderful books. Her list includes authors Amy Ephron, Lisa Graff, and more,

not to mention… 

the #1 New York Times

bestselling picture book, 


Thirteen American Women Who Changed the World

by Chelsea Clinton

(Philomel Books/illustrations by Alexandra Boiger)


the #1 New York Times bestselling

GIRLING UP: How to be Strong, Smart, and Spectacular

by Mayim Bialik, PhD.

(Philomel Books)

Congrats to all!

To learn more about Jill Santopolo, go to JillSantopolo.com 

and follow @jillsantopolo on Instagram and @JillSantopolo on Twitter.  


My sincere thanks to Jill and all who have contributed and joined us on this #Kindergarten blog series project.

(Go here to see how it started.)

And check back next week for our final #tbt Show & Tell from

Nancy Castaldo,

educator and #kidlit author of nonfiction books for children, including Sniffer Dogs: How Dogs (and Their Noses) Save the World, Deserts, Rainforests, and River Wild.

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