Ladybug Nominee

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates

Author/Illustrator:  Ryan T. Higgins

ISBN: 978-1368003551

Publisher:  Disney-Hyperion (June 19, 2018)

It's the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can't wait to meet her classmates. But it's hard to make human friends when they're so darn delicious! That is, until Penelope gets a taste of her own medicine and finds she
may not be at the top of the food chain after all.  

About Ryan T. Higgins

Big Ideas: Making Friends, Undesirable behaviors impact on others, Perspective, Impulse Control, Dinosaurs, First Day of School

Questions: What things were you nervous about on your first day of school (or storytime)? 

Vocabulary: Nervous, Delicious, Determined, Appetite, Peeks


Companion Titles:

First day of school

  • Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney (Viking, 2009)
  • First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg; illustrated by Judy Love (Whispering Coyote, 2000)
  • The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing; illustrated by Julie Durrell (Grosset and Dunlap, 2001)
  • Chu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman; illustrated by Adam Rex (Harper, 2014)

Making friends

  • The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat (Little Brown & Co, 2014)
  • Hector and Hummingbird by Nicholas John Frith (Arthur A. Levine Books, 2016)
  • Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson; illustrations by E.B. Lewis (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2012)
  • Leonardo, the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems (Hyperion Books for Children, 2005)
  • Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev & Taeeun Yoo (Simon & Schuster, 2015)
  • Horrible Bear! by Ame Dyckman; illustrated by Zachariah OHora (Little Brown and Co., 2016)
  • Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen; pictures by Kevin Hawkes (Candlewick Press, 2006)
  • How do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends? by Jane Yolan & Mark Teague (Blue Sky Press, 2006)


  • David Goes to School by David Shannon (Blue Sky Press, 1999)
  • It’s Hard to Be Five: Learning How to Work My Control Panel by Jamie Lee Curtis & Laura Cornell (Joanna Cotler Books, 2004)
  • My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook; illustrations by Carrie Hartman (National Center for Youth Issues, 2005)
  • The Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal Crackers by Lisa Campbell Ernst (Dutton Children’s Books, 2011)
  • Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton (Candlewick, 2012)
  • Little Dinos Don’t Bite by Michael Dahl; illustrated by Adam Record (Picture Window Books, 2013)
This is one of ten titles nominated for the 2019 Ladybug Picture Book Award. This info sheet post was created by Deborah Dutcher, Youth and Adult Services Librarian, NHSL and Karen Landsman,  Library Media/Tech Integration Specialist, Hooksett School District.

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