Derrick  Barnes-The King of Kindergarten

Derrick Barnes


Derrick Barnes wrote the critically acclaimed picture book Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, which received a Newbery Honor, a Coretta Scott King Honor, and the 2018 Ezra Jack Keats Award. He also wrote the bestselling chapter book series Ruby and the Booker Boys. He owns the copy-writing company Say Word Creative Communications and created the popular blog Raising the Mighty, where he “chronicles the experience of bringing up four beautiful Black boys in America.” He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife and their four sons.


School Rules!

Eventually and unavoidably, we all go to school. How to make the best of it? In King of Kindergarten, author Derrick Barnes and illustrator Vanessa Brantley Newton introduce a lovable and eager boy excited for the first day. In Chris Van Dusen's If I Built A School, another young boy imagines what the perfect school would be like.

Introducer Jerry G. White
  • Children's Stage at Decatur Recreation Center
  • Sat 10:45-11:15a Children

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.

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