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The Queen of Kindergarten

By Stephanie Snyder, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Cute first-day-of-school story has positive representations.

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Vivid illustrations, a bold main character, and gentle lessons on kindness and leadership will help young readers get ready for the first day of school. The Queen of Kindergarten is a captivating read for members of the whole family. It's easy to fall in love with MJ as a character, rooting for her along with the members of her fun and endearing family. The representations of a confident Black female protagonist, her supportive family, and her natural-hair-rocking teacher are positives for all kids to see and admire. Author Derrick Barnes has a gift for empowering young Black readers through the written word, and illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton is ingenious at bringing important stories to life with infectious energy.

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