Project Description


I Want to Help!

by Diane Adams
illustrated by Nancy Hayashi

Emily Pearl already knows a lot, except perhaps how to ask for help when she’s unsure.

Emily can count to fourteen. She can write her own name. She can tell what is different and what is the same. And she’s quite sure she can do things herself. Not only that, she wants to be the perfect helper for her new teacher, Ms. Glenn. But while Emily is mastering all sorts of skills, she does need a little help herself every now and then―especially at the end of the day, when she’s waiting to get picked up and is just a little bit scared.

Diane Adams’s delightful, rhyming story and Nancy Hayashi’s charming illustrations colorfully capture the chaotic ups and downs in the life of a preschooler.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-630-7
Publication Date: 9/1/2012
Page Count: 32
Size: 8-1/4″ x 10″
Age Range: 2 – 6
Language: English
AR Level: 2.3
F&P: GRL K, Gr 2, Genre RF
Lexile: AD600L
Themes: Cooperation, Helping, Imagination, Responsibility, School
BISAC 1: JUV035000 JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education
BISAC 2: JUV051000 JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play
BISAC 3: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories


“Hayashi’s illustrative riffs add to the charm with her soft-palette watercolors… Children will appreciate this relatable tale with likable characters.” ―School Library Journal

“The details captured in Hayashi’s genial watercolor, pen, and pencil illustrations feature plenty of warm humor… Adams offers up a pleasant turnaround at the end.” ―Booklist Online

“An enjoyable read… I Want to Help! is a book that will allay fears, and increase enthusiasm about going to school. And it just might make kids want to help out more, too.” —Jen Robinson’s Book Page

“The little girl is strong and helpful but she is still a child that needs help herself at times. The illustrations are self-explanatory in that small children not reading yet will understand the story just by the illustrations.” ―It’s About Time, MaMaw


Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2013

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Meet the Author

Diane Adams is an art and writing teacher. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Redlands. She lives in California. You can visit her website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Nancy Hayashi has illustrated seven picture books, including I Can Do It Myself!, Bunny Bungalow, which won a 2000 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award; Wanda’s Monster, a CCBC Choice; and What Did You Do Today?,also a CCBC Choice. She lives in California.