Pearl Goes to Preschool

Pearl Goes to Preschool

by Julie Fortenberry

Pearl loves to dance! But will she love preschool, too? 

Pearl loves attending dance classes at her mother’s ballet school. Even though Pearl is the youngest and smallest ballerina, she knows how to count her poses and follow along. When her mom suggests that Pearl try going to preschool, Pearl has a lot of questions: What will she learn? Will there be dancing? A sweet and reassuring story about trying something new that’s perfect for young children with separation anxiety — or who just love to dance!  
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Published by Candlewick
Jun 09, 2020 | ISBN 9781536207439 | 2-5 years

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Julie Fortenberry has an MFA from Hunter College. Her abstract paintings have been in the Whitney Museum of American Art. But for the last 16 years she’s been painting for preschoolers and kindergarteners. Her first illustrations were for High Five and Ladybug magazines. She illustrated Eve Bunting’s Pirate Boy, and a series of books by Rabbi Jamie Korngold, three of which are Sydney Taylor Notable Books.
She both illustrated and authored The Artist and the King, published in 2014 by Alazar Press, and Lily’s Cat Mask, published in 2017 by Viking. Lily’s Cat Mask received a Kirkus starred review and was added to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
Her next book, Pearl Goes to Preschool, will be published in June of 2020 by Candlewick Press, and in 2021 Darcy's First Sleepover will be published by Macmillan/Ottaviano.  
Julie is represented by the Chudney Agency. See more of Julie's work at