Project Description

Teacher’s Guide

Jake’s 100th Day of School

by Lester L. Laminack
illustrated by Judy Love

Celebrate the 100th Day of School with this kid—and teacher—favorite from award-winning author Lester Laminack!

What will Jake do when he forgets to bring the special collection he’s going to share for the 100th day of school?

Jake and his fellow students are getting ready for a celebration. Tomorrow is the 100th day of school and everyone is going to share their collections of 100 things. The day of the celebration arrives, but Jake forgets the 100 family pictures he has glued into a special memory book at home. Disaster! But thanks to Jake’s ingenuity and the sensitivity of his principal, Jake does have a collection to display that day… and something special to share with the class on the 101st day of school.

Lester Laminack’s charming, relatable story shines a light on this milestone day celebrated by schools everywhere. Judy Love’s joyful illustrations capture the excitement of Jake’s diverse school community.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-355-9
Publication Date: 2/1/2006
Page Count: 32
Size: 9-1/2″ x 11″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $8.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-463-1
Publication Date: 9/1/2008
Page Count: 32
Size: 9-1/2″ x 11″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
AR Level: 3.7
F&P: GRL M, Gr 2, Genre RF
Lexile: AD720L
Themes: Celebration, Grandparents, Numbers, School
BISAC 1: JUV035000 JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education
BISAC 2: JUV009030 JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Counting & Numbers
BISAC 3: JUV013030 JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational


“Love’s richly realistic, abundantly detailed pencil, ink, and watercolor illustrations spill across the pages, picturing African American Jake and his multicultural class relishing the excitement and chaos of the day. Kids will want to bring in their own 100th-day collections.” ―Booklist

“Love’s energetic ink-and-watercolor illustrations feature and ethnically diverse classroom with lots of whimsical details.” ―School Library Journal

“Lester L. Laminack does a nice job of showing how a child handles disappointment successfully, with the help of caring adults and his own initiative. The lively and humorous illustrations by Judy Love are a delight. This would be a good read aloud in a first to third grade classroom.” ―ThoughtCo.

“The author writes a fun story of celebrating the 100th day of school. The story teaches the children camaraderie, a math lesson in counting, imagination, and how to have fun while learning. Also, to never give up, always persevere!” ―It’s About Time MaMaw


Best Children’s Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education, 2007

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2007

North Carolina Author Awards (Nominee, AAUW Award for Juvenile Literature) ―North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, 2006

Show Me Readers Award (Nominee) ―Missouri Association of School Librarians, 2008-2009

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Meet the Author

Lester L. Laminack is a specialist in children’s literacy and professor emeritus at Western Carolina University. Laminack has written numerous books and articles for educators and is a familiar speaker at professional meetings and reading associations nationwide. He lives in North Carolina. You can visit his website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Judy Love is the illustrator of several books for children, including The Witch Who Wanted to Be a Princess, a 2003 IRA/CBC Children’s Choice; Jake’s 100th Day of School;Kelvin and the Not-Laughing Lessons; First Grade Jitters; and First Day Jitters. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, she lives in Massachusetts.