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The Queen of Kindergarten

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The companion to the New York Times bestseller The King of Kindergarten has arrived! The Queen of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes (I am Every Good Thing, Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut) and Vanessa Brantley-Newton (Mary Had a Little Glam) is worthy of all the fanfare as MJ prepares for her first day of kindergarten. Whether you're getting ready for your first day of school or just in need of some empowering joy, The Queen of Kindergarten is a must-have.

A confident little Black girl has a fantastic first day of school in this companion to the New York Times bestseller The King of Kindergarten.

MJ is more than ready for her first day of kindergarten! With her hair freshly braided and her mom's special tiara on her head, she knows she’s going to rock kindergarten. But the tiara isn’t just for show—it also reminds her of all the good things she brings to the classroom, stuff like her kindness, friendliness, and impressive soccer skills, too! Like The King of Kindergarten, this is the perfect book to reinforce back-to-school excitement and build confidence in the newest students.

ISBN-13: 9780593111420

Media Type: Hardcover

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

Publication Date: 05-24-2022

Pages: 32

Product Dimensions: 9.10(w) x 10.20(h) x 1.40(d)

Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

Derrick Barnes is the author of the empowering New York Times bestsellers The King of Kindergarten, I Am Every Good Thing, which won the NCTE Charlotte Huck Award and the Kirkus Prize, and Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, which received a Newbery Honor, a Coretta Scott King Honor, the Kirkus Prize, and the Ezra Jack Keats Award. He also wrote the bestselling chapter book series Ruby and the Booker Boys. Derrick is a native of Kansas City, MO and a graduate of Jackson State University and was the first African American male creative copywriter hired by greeting card giant, Hallmark Cards. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife and their four sons. Vanessa Brantley-Newton has illustrated numerous picture books, including The King of Kindergarten (by Derrick Barnes), The Girl Who Heard Colors (by Marie Harris), Mary Had a Little Glam (by Tammi Sauer), One Love (by Cedella Marley), A Night Out with Mama (by Quvenzhané Wallis), and The Youngest Marcher (by Cynthia Levinson), as well as the chapter book series Ruby and the Booker Boys (by Derrick Barnes) and Jada Jones (by Kelly Starling Lyons). She wrote and illustrated Let Freedom Sing and Grandma's Purse. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.