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Queen of the Classroom by Derrick Barnes and Vanessa Brantley-Newton
  • July 2022
  • 978-1-912650-94-1
  • 254x 228mm
  • 32pp £7.99
  • Age 4+
  • World ex US and Canada
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Queen of the Classroom

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Derrick BarnesClick here for biography

Vanessa Brantley-NewtonClick here for biography

MJ is more than ready for her first day of nursery school! With her hair freshly braided and her mum's special tiara on her head, she knows she'll be able to follow her mum's advice for being the best queen her nursery has ever seen: by brightening up every room she enters, being caring and kind, and always being helpful to others.

Like King of the Classroom, this is the perfect book to reinforce excitement and empower young readers starting school.

Q & A with the author -

Queen of the Classroom is shortlisted for the TEY Awards 2022 Finalist
Teach Early Years Award 2022


'It's an absolutely lovely introduction to school and demonstrates perfectly too how parents can set their children up to be happy, confident and secure, all you really need to succeed in school and life. The illustrations are full of warmth and extra detail, and Barnes' prose has a cadence to it that will make the repeated readings that are sure to be demanded a pleasure.' Books for Keeps, Book of the Week

'An absolute delight, 'Queen of the Classroom' is an empowering, vibrant read, perfect for sharing and enjoying again and again.' Through the Bookshelf

'This is a lovely, kind picture book. It would be perfect for reassuring little ones preparing to start nursery or reception classes.' A Library Lady

'In his entertaining, wonderfully heartwarming prose, Derrick Barnes creates a delightful, can-do protagonist with nurturing parents … perfectly complemented by Vanessa Brantley-Newton's vivid, energetic, gently humorous illustrations of one stylish child and the diverse supporting cast. A book that's empowering and full of softly spoken lessons for all young children whether or not they are experiencing their first day at school.' Red Reading Hub

'Brantley-Newton's endearing, multi-coloured illustrations bring the story to vivid life and perfectly portray all the natural enthusiasm 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




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