Book Review: Zachary Goes To School

{Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own} 


Zachary Goes to School is the latest book in the book series, The Adventures of Zoe and Zachary. The series is inspired by the authors children, Zoe and Zachary. 

About the book:  Everyone is excited about Zachary going to school. He is a little nervous. Will it be everything he's heard about? 

Zachary's parents spend the day with him and his sister as they prepare for his first day of school. They attend open house and to perhaps add more excitement to his day, he gets to choose his own book bag. At the end of it all, Zachary couldn't say enough about his first day.


My thoughts: What I appreciate about this book was the connection that children can make to their own experience. Just a few months ago we attended open house at my children's school. In grades 1st and 6th, they were just as nervous as Zachary. Now they can't wait to tell me about their day. Since we're being honest here, there is not a year that I can remember that I was not nervous about entering those doors on the first day of school - even in college. It's important to let children know that it is okay to be nervous but to also encourage them to be optimistic about new challenges. 

Another part of this book that I appreciated was that Zachary's teacher was a male. I don't know if that was an important detail for the author and illustrator but, I can't stress this enough - WE NEED MORE MALE TEACHERS, especially, of color. For some students - especially young men it is important that the leadership in the class is a male that he can connect with.

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But wait...there's more....Check out the interview with author, E. Danielle Butler

1. What inspired you to create a book series featuring your children? Was it your first choice or did you have other book ideas? 
I've been writing in the background for many years and  released a devotional back in 2014. As a mother and former teacher, the children's book series seemed like a great intersection of those two parts of my life. I wanted my children to see themselves reflected in the things they read.
2. Have you always enjoyed writing? 
Yes; Writing has been with me for as long as I can remember. It's been the sum of creativity, expression, exploration and healing for me.
3. What is your favorite book? 
Oh! That's a hard one. My favorite changes by the season/space in life that I find myself in. But I'll have to say, Valerie Burton's Happy Women Live Better has stuck with me since reading it a few years ago. 
4. Do you write with the title in mind first? Or do you come up with the title after? 
I write with the title in mind first. Then I'm able to pick out highlights that I'd like to be sure that I include in the storyline.
5. What are your hobbies, outside of writing? 
I love food and dancing. I really enjoy trying new restaurant experiences.
6. Of all the books you have written, which is your favorite and why? 
I think I'm partial to Zoe's Bun, my first children's book. It was inspired by my daughter's insistence on being her most comfortable self always. More than that, seeing my daughter's face the day the proof arrived was priceless. It was something that would last much longer than me. It was the start of an incredible legacy.
Many thanks and appreciation to Mrs. Butler for giving Mocha Books an opportunity to interview her! 

About the author

Author Bio E. Danielle Butler is a mompreneur with an affinity for writing and the arts. She believes in the power of words and the magic of imagination. Danielle published her first book, Mood Swing: 21 Days to Peace, Joy & Freedom of Mind in 2014. Since then Danielle’s published works have expanded to include the creation of a children’s book series inspired by her own two children, The Adventures of Zoe & Zachary. The series currently boasts two titles: Zoe’s Bun and Zoe Gets a Brother, both released in 2017.

An acclaimed conversation catalyst, Danielle is recognized as an energetic thought provoker with a passion for sharing knowledge. Through writing and speaking she shares messages of hope, purpose and empowerment. Danielle embraces a personal mission to produce content that provokes change and inspires action.

Danielle is a certified personal development coach. With a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Master of Management, she brings a unique perspective to all she approaches. Her professional background includes nearly two decades in performing arts instruction, more than five years as a classroom teacher, and years of nonprofit administration.

Danielle resides in Atlanta with her husband and children. When she’s not taking in the sights and sounds around the city, she can found enjoying great food. Danielle is available for readings and speaking engagements.

(via author's website) 

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Yes, there's more. What you've all been waiting for....THE GIVEAWAY! {GIVEAWAY CLOSED - CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER! }

To enter in the giveaway you MUST

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  • This will close Friday, November 3rd 2017 at 7pm CST. Winner will be announced Monday, November 6, 2017. 

Good luck to you all! 





  • I plan to use this book as a teaching tool to show preschoolers that school isn’t scary. It would also be great to have in our library to show the importance of diverse books. Good Luck Everyone ?

    Lisa Bowen
  • I plan to keep it! Would be a great addition toour library

  • I plan to use this in our homeschool!

    Tremain Mishoe

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