My Book

You can read more about Good Morning, Children on the Gryphon House website. Please use the link below.
Good Morning, Children: My First Years in Early Childhood Education

The following are a list of reviews for Good Morning, Children. Please click on the link to read each review:
Bergen Record
New America Foundation’s Early Ed Watch Blog
The Harvard Citizen Newspaper
Pre-K Now Inside Pre-K Blog
Hechinger Institute's EarlyStories blog

Click to read my interview with:
Scholastic's online publication, Tech Tools
5 Questions with Sophia Pappas (Pre-K Now)

Additional Reviews:
"Drawing from her experiences teaching inner city children in Pre-K classroom 114, Sophia Pappas speaks directly to educators about her journey from new teacher to teacher leader. Grounded in the vital responsibilities vested in those who teach our very youngest children, Ms. Pappas' book is filled with insightful thoughts on day-to-day life in the classroom and is sprinkled with liberal doses of good humor."
--Kathleen McCartney, Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Education

"…Sophia’s hunger for educational equity—borne out of the obstacles and triumphs she experienced in the classroom—make her an exciting leader and change agent to watch…"
--Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Strategic Development, Georgetown University


The first years of teaching are full of unexpected problems and issues that can challenge and frustrate even the most experienced early childhood educator.

Based on my Pre-K Now blog, my book Good Morning, Children provides an up-close and personal view of the challenges and successes of a beginning teacher. The book describes daily encounters with students, family members, and administrators; reflects on the state of early childhood education in America; and celebrates the ways pre-K teachers can help prepare every child to succeed in both school and life.

In chronicling the successes and failures of my first years as an early childhood educator, I cover a wide range of topics that both new and experienced educators face in the early childhood classroom.

Among other important issues, I

• describe the activities, lessons, and teaching techniques I used to help my students learn and grow.

• provide insights about the importance of classroom preparation, for both the school year and each individual day.

• share ideas about how to interact successfully with over- and under-involved parents and family members, highlighting the importance of family involvement to each child’s success.

• stress the significance of listening and adjusting, not only to the needs of the children in your care and to the family members of those children, but, just as important listening and adjusting to your own needs as an educator.