The King of Kindergarten
The King of Kindergarten

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Annotation: Instilled with confidence by his parents, a young boy has a great first day of kindergarten.
Catalog Number: #190405
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Illustrator: Brantley-Newton, Vanessa,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-524-74074-8 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-5748-X
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-524-74074-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-5748-5
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2018022832
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
This upbeat picture book follows an African American boy through his first day of school, from waking up in the morning to riding the school bus home. Taking hold of his mother's words that he'll be the "King of Kindergarten," the royal metaphor gives him courage throughout the day as he meets new people and situations with bravery and excitement. Each page includes important milestones such as making friends, sharing, playing together, and going through the school day without any major issues, and Brantley-Newton adds clever imaginative details to these familiar scenes (an invisible crown, a chalk dragon, etc.). The illustrations' bright colors reflect the book's positive tone as it conveys the joys of growing up, starting school, and learning school routines. This will make an excellent addition to early childhood classrooms, or as a tool to help future kindergarteners understand what a typical school day can look like. Best of all, this story is free of disasters and jitters, making it an affirming choice for children in need of a confidence boost.
Horn Book
Dubbed the "King of Kindergarten" by his mother, a boy wakes up, brushes his teeth ("Ye Royal Chiclets"), has breakfast with his proud parents, rides the school bus, and has a totally awesome first day of big-kid school. Barnes's direct-address text is lighthearted and reassuring, with its offstage narrator speaking directly to this child and to all rising kindergartners. Brantley-Newton's cartoony mixed-media illustrations surround the brown-skinned protagonist with warmth and comfort.
Kirkus Reviews
Newbery honoree Barnes (Crown, illustrated by Gordon C. James, 2017) shows a black boy what t
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
Newbery honoree Barnes (Crown, illustrated by Gordon C. James, 2017) shows a black boy what to expect on his first day as "king" of kindergarten.A young boy greets the reader with a sweet smile. "The morning sun blares through your window like a million brass trumpets. / It sits and shines behind your head—like a crown." The text continues in second person while the boy gets ready for his first day—brushing "Ye Royal Chiclets," dressing himself, eating breakfast with his mother and father before riding "a big yellow carriage" to "a grand fortress." The kind teacher and the other children at his table are as eager to meet him as he is to meet them. Important topics are covered in class ("shapes, the alphabet, and the never-ending mystery of numbers"), but playing at recess and sharing with new friends at lunch are highlights too, followed by rest time and music. The playful illustrations use texture and shadow to great effect, with vibrant colors and dynamic shapes and lines sustaining readers' interest on every page. Text and visuals work together beautifully to generate excitement and confidence in children getting ready to enter kindergarten. The little king's smiling brown face is refreshing and heartwarming. The other children and parents are a mix of races; the teacher and staff are mostly brown.Necessary nourishment, infectiously joyous. (Picture book. 3-6)
Word Count: 526
Reading Level: 3.7
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.7 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 504031 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD720L
Guided Reading Level: M
Fountas & Pinnell: M

A New York Times bestseller!

A confident little boy takes pride in his first day of kindergarten, by the Newbery Honor-winning author of Crown.

The morning sun blares through your window like a million brass trumpets.It sits and shines behind your head--like a crown. Mommy says that today, you are going to be the King of Kindergarten!

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.
     Newbery Honor-winning author Derrick Barnes's empowering story will give new kindergarteners a reassuring confidence boost, and Vanessa Brantley-Newton's illustrations exude joy.

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