Illustrated by :Joey Chou
Imprint:Random House Studio
Audience:Children: Age (years) 4 - 8, Grade (US) P - 3
Dimensions:10.25in x 11.31 x 0.4 in | 1.11 lb
Page Count:40 pages
Author is a kindergarten teacher and influencer: Vera Ahiyya aka the Tutu Teacher has a large and engaged following, boasting 153k followers on Instagram and 22k on Facebook, and another 68k on Instagram under her account diversereads. She uses her platform to advocate for BIPOC creators.
Back-to-School books are popular: The King of Kindergarten meets All are Welcome in this fun and useful story about how to be kind in the classroom.
We Need Diverse Books: Author and illustrator are both POC.
An illustrator with a following: Joey Chou has a vast following bringing a community of 204k followers on Facebook and an additional 78.4k on Instagram.
A timely and important message: The underlying themes of inclusion, consideration, and empathy will be a welcome message to booksellers, parents, and teachers looking to make kids feel safe in their classroom.
An accessible, light story: The text and artwork are wholly kid-friendly.
★ “Ahiyya tunes into her upbeat, proactively compassionate vibe in this story of an introverted kindergartner tenderly guided through an uncertain first day by a teacher devoted to the power of kindness.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Will help alleviate fears and start kids thinking about ways to create their own KINDergartens.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A wonderful book to read aloud on the first day of kindergarten so classes could create their own kindness pledge.” —School Library Journal