Sick Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg

About Sick Day Jitters 

Who’s the teacher when the teacher gets sick?

Everyone has the jitters at the thought of a day without their favorite teacher!

When Mrs. Hartwell takes a sick day and the substitute teacher is a no-show, the other adults in the building pitch in. The art teacher runs a writing workshop, the school nurse teaches science, and the math teacher leads reading! Alternating perspectives show the day from the students’ point of view and from Mrs. Hartwell’s as the kids keep her informed through a flurry of humorous electronic updates.

This is a funny and heartwarming addition to a beloved series—reminding readers that everyone gets the jitters.


A lighthearted look at an increasingly common scenario.” – Kirkus Reviews

The book provides a clear message about the importance of school community pitching in and helping others while also highlighting diversity amongst the school staff and students… The book is full of universal themes that everybody can relate to which make this book easily accessible and good addition to a classroom library.” – Children’s Literature

Sweet and funny, with subtle details tucked into its intricate watercolor illustrations for parents and older readers to appreciate, this picture book about a chaotic school day shows the bond between students and teachers. —Forword Reviews

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