Start a new Back-To-School
Tradition with Mac!

Moving on to a new school year is a big step. This tradition helps to balance the first day of school jitters with a focus on the fun preparations of a new school year.

Mac is an adorable stuffed apple, and at the end of summer his main goal is to get kids excited about school. He spends his days playing with your child. His nights are filled with magic, mischief and surprises! Who knows what he’ll do? It’s up to your child to find out each morning what Mac has been up to.

About The Tradition

Mac is a friendly stuffed apple who helps your children get excited for school.  He is with them all year long, but the end of summer is when his magic shines.  As a family, read the book together to start the tradition and watch the fun begin.  During the day your children involve him in their activities and at night (with some parental persuasion) Mac’s magic comes alive.  He leaves treats, plays tricks or sometimes leaves a small back-to-school gift (like a cool pencil or a new box of crayons).  On the first day of school Mac poses for a picture with your children to capture their annual tradition.  Mac’s magic gets put away on the first day of school and all can look forward to it returning the next year.  But from time to time his magic has been known to pop up during the school year, which makes for a wonderful surprise!

We hope you and your children create wonderful memories with this fun back-to-school tradition.  And we hope that Mac’s love and silliness bring smiles and laughter as your children prepare for their new school year.

About The Author and Illustrator


Kim DiLoreto’s love for children’s picture books began when her kids were babies. The fascination and pure joy she saw on their faces when she read to them are memories she’ll cherish forever. Back To School With Mac®, her first book, was inspired by her daughter’s love of stuffed animals and her apprehension of beginning a new school year. Kim lives in Norwell, Massachusetts with her incredibly supportive husband, three amazing kids and their fetch-loving rescue pup. She’s a graduate of Saint Anselm College.

Alvina Kwong was born in Hawaii and moved to Southern California when she was about 7 years old. She loves the ocean, dogs, and ice cream. The minute she started to draw her first unicorn, she knew that the pencil was a magical wand and the ticket to her imagination. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a BFA in Illustration, and currently lives in Los Angeles with her family and goofy Boxer. Visit for more of her art and books.


"My youngest daughter had a challenging transition from preschool to Kindergarten. "Back to School with Mac" was a great tool to help us use play to support my little one with her big feelings while she struggled to feel comfortable in the new school environment. My daughter looked forward to seeing what silly things Mac would do each morning. Mac got her laughing and helped her fears work themselves out through giggles instead of tears. Thank you Mac!"

Ann, Mom of 3

"This tradition is great for any child beginning a new school year.  I certainly recommend it as a great tool for families who have a child that may be anxious or worried about returning to school.  Back to school with Mac is a great way to show kids that going back to school can be fun!"

Anna Cook, School Nurse


"Great book for all kinds of kids- those who have back to school jitters and others who have anxiety that seems to get in the way of life. It’s fun for any kid and caregiver who want a little end of summer playfulness to start the new school year."

Kendra DiMino, MSW, LICSW

"As a classroom teacher of many years, I witnessed the new school “jitters” that so many children faced during those days and weeks leading up to the start of school.  Back to School with Mac is the perfect companion to support students from preschool and beyond as they head back to the classroom.  Children will look forward to Mac’s visit at the end of summer and wake up excited to see what antics he has been up to overnight.  The vibrant illustrations and charming rhymes will make this book a keeper for generations to come!"

Allison Kieffner, Elementary School Teacher

Back To School With Mac® is a wonderful family tradition that
makes going back to school fun!

Mac’s Adventures & Antics

By Kim DiLoreto | November 28, 2020

Back To School With Mac® is a tradition that helps kids (preschool – early elementary aged) get ready for the first day of school.  It’s especially helpful for kids that have school jitters/anxiety. The book explains Mac’s purpose, and how he plans to help children prepare for their first day.  Mac plays […] Video Review

By Kim DiLoreto | August 20, 2019 shares her thoughts on the Back To School With Mac tradition & how Mac helps to ease back-to-school jitters! We love this video, thank you!! 🍎❤️

Mac’s TV Debut on NSTV!

By Kim DiLoreto | August 5, 2019

Check out the wonderful feature Norwell Spotlight TV put together for us. This was such an interesting and fun process. Huge Thanks go to all Mac’s friends who contributed to this video and made it extra special!

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