The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes


Back of Book:
Starting kindergarten is a big milestone–and the hero of this story is ready to make his mark! He’s dressed himself, eaten a pile of pancakes, and can’t wait to be part of a whole new kingdom of kids. The day will be jam-packed, but he’s up to the challenge, taking new experiences in stride with his infectious enthusiasm! And afterward, he can’t wait to tell his proud parents all about his achievements–and then wake up to start another day.
My Review:
I absolutely love teaching Kindergarten! Every day brings a new discovery or adventure. This story is an excellent introduction to what a day in Kindergarten is like. The story follows a nameless young boy as he experiences his first day of school. I have many books in my library about celebrating the first day of Kindergarten, but none of them focus on a male charecter. Derrick has perfectly crafted a unique back to school story. The text highlights the importance of holding your head high and always being kind to others. The illustrations by Vanessa Brantley-Ne
wton are bold and bright. She beatifully captured the essence of the story. I shared this book with the children in my summer program. My favorite part was one of the boys saying “hey, he looks like me” it warmed my heart to share such a relatable book with my students.
This is definitly a must read for all Kidergarten classrooms.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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