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King of the Classroom by Derrick Barnes and Vanessa Brantley-Newton
  • Age 4+
  • 254 x 228 mm
  • Extent: 32pp
  • HB: £11.99: ISBN: 978-1-912650-36-1
  • PB: £7.99: ISBN: 978-1-912650-37-8
  • Territory: World excluding USA & Can
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King of the Classroom

Sugar Ray Leonard reads the bookSugar Ray Leonard reads the book

Derrick BarnesClick here for biography

Vanessa Brantley-NewtonClick here for biography

Starting kindergarten is a big milestone - and the hero of this story is ready to make his mark! He's dressed himself, eaten a huge, royal breakfast, and can't wait to be part of a whole new kingdom of kids. The day will be jampacked, but he's up to the challenge, taking new experiences in his stride with his infectious enthusiasm.


'This wonderfully empowering picture book for little ones not only assuages their possible fears about starting school or nursery but models a celebratory approach to the big day with an upbeat story about being confident.' BOOKTRUST

'This is a picture book which reflects diverse classroom contexts and promotes aspiration and achievement for all. The illustrations are gorgeous, vibrant and full of warmth, smiles and colour perfectly matching the sentiment of the story.' BOOKS FOR KEEPS

'Brantley Newton's endearing, multi-coloured illustrations bring the story to vivid life and perfectly portray all the natural exuberance and optimism of youth and new beginnings. The perfect book for any child getting ready to start school and set out on the journey of life.' LANCASHIRE EVENING POST

'An unusual starting nursery story that will surely go a long way towards allaying any first day nerves little ones might have in the run up to their important milestone.' RED READING HUB

'This beautifully drawn, infectiously enthusiastic book will help prepare children for their first day at school, as they follow the hero who dresses himself, scoffs pancakes, and can't wait to meet his classmates and teacher. Once 'the king' (he's never named) gets to school, the book subtly introduces themes of self-respect, kindness and the joy of a diverse classroom.' THE BOOKSELLER

'An inspiring and confidence building picture book that follows a boy going to school for the first time. Ideal for reading or sharing with children starting a new school, class or activity. The artwork – with hints of Basquiat – is inclusive and could be a useful source for display ideas.' SCHOOL READING LIST



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