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The Noisy Classroom

The Noisy Classroom

(Noisy Classroom #1)

Angela Shanté
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The first day of school is coming... and I'm going to be in the noisy class. Any class but the noisy class will do!

A young girl is about to enter the third grade, but this year she's put into Ms. Johnson's noisy class. Everything about the noisy class is odd. While all the other classes are quiet, Ms. Johnson sings and the kids chatter all day. The door is always closed, yet sounds from it can be heard in the hallway. With summer coming to an end and school starting, the girl realizes that soon she'll be going to the noisy class. What will school be like now?

Featuring the honest and delightful humor of debut author Angela Shanté and the bold, graphic imagery of debut illustrator Alison Hawkins, The Noisy Classroom encourages those with first-day jitters to reevaluate a scary situation by looking at it from a different angle and to embrace how fun school can be, even in nontraditional ways.


Angela Shanté is a writer and author of children's books, including The Noisy Classroomwhich was a finalist for the 2020 American Fiction Awards for Children's Fiction and a silver medalist for the 2020 Wishing Shelf Book Awards for Ages 6-8, and When My Cousins Come to Town, which was a silver medalist for the 2022 Irma Black Award and was on NYPL's Best Books for Kids 2021. She is the co-founder of Sunday Dinner Publishing, an indie publishing company, and an advocate for DEI in publishing. As a former teacher, she is now a consultant for educational organizations and schools. Angela lives in Los Angeles, California.


Alison Hawkins is an award-winning illustrator, designer, and hand letterer. She illustrated the book The Noisy Classroom, which won the 2020 American Fiction Awards for Best Cover Design for Children's Books, and her work has also been published by American Greetings, Universal Standard, and Discover Durham. Alison loves to explore color and approaches art with a sense of humor and whimsy. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.


  • Publisher: ‎West Margin Press (May 5, 2020)
  • Language: ‎English
  • Hardcover: ‎32 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎1513262920
  • ISBN-13: ‎9781513262925
  • Reading age: ‎6 - 8 years
  • Grade level: ‎1 - 3
  • Item Weight: ‎12 ounces
  • Dimensions: ‎8 x 0.31 x 10 inches
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