A New School Year--Stories in Six Voices by Sally Derby, illustrated by Mika Song, is a book of poetry about the experiences of six children at the start of the school year. They are entering kindergarten through fifth grade and all have understandable cases of nerves. The author handles their various concerns with sensitivity, understanding and humor. The adults in their lives are uniformly patient and kind, making the whole school experience very positive. The poems reinforce the legitimacy of some worries at the same time showing a clear path to managing them.