Queen of the Classroom

Publisher: Scallywag Press

It's the first day of school, and young MJ Malone couldn't be more ready! Her outfit is already picked out and her hair is freshly braided, she looks and feels great. But Mum thinks there’s something missing. She bestows MJ with a glittery tiara and dubs her the queen of the classroom. MJ is determined to fulfil her duties – brighten up every room she enters, treat others with kindness, and offer a helping hand.

As we follow little MJ through her day, we see her doing all those things. Along the way, she shines as a leader, makes new friends, and shows that she is deserving of the title Queen of the Classroom.

Starting school is a major milestone for both children and parents. It is often accompanied by a range of emotions from anxiety to excitement. This fun, vibrant picture book looks at the celebratory side of the first day of school, helping to put little ones at ease.

A companion book to King of the Classroom, it’s wonderfully refreshing to see a confident can-do young black girl with supportive parents and a warm, welcoming teacher. Bold and energetic illustrations from Brantley-Newton perfectly complement Barnes’ positive and humorous text.

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