Our Favorite Day of the Year
Our Favorite Day of the Year
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Our Favorite Day of the Year

Written by A. E. Ali & illustrated by Rahele Jomepour Bell
Published by Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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An upbeat read promoting diversity and inclusion with a fun holiday theme.

On Musa’s first day at kindergarten, he didn’t know any of his other classmates. His wise teacher announces to the class that throughout the year, they’ll each be sharing their favorite day of the year and celebrating with one another, and that by the end of the year they will all be close friends. Though Musa is hesitant at first, he and the rest of his class enjoy sharing and celebrating together their favorite days, like Eid Al-Fitr, Rosh Hashanah, Pi Day, and Las Posadas. As each child shares about their favorite day, the rest of the class can see why it’s their favorite. At the end of the school year, the teacher gives each student a calendar with all of their favorite days on it to celebrate and remember one another. As a book in the genre of inclusion, this story stands out in it’s choice to focus on an appealing subject to children—their favorite day of the year—to help them get acquainted with other cultures and families. Ali’s story develops naturally, educationally, and enjoyably without feeling contrived, and Bell’s interesting illustrations perfectly enhance the celebration of diversity portrayed through the story. The holidays shared don’t focus much on the religious aspect, but rather the celebratory rituals and traditions accompanying a holiday, though a variety of religious holidays are shared. Musa’s back-to-school experience will reassure anxious children and the holidays included will expand interest in learning about different cultures.

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    Our Favorite Day of the Year
    First day of kindergarten.
    They started becoming friends.
    Musa's favorite day is EID.
    Everyone could see why Eid was Musa's favorite.

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • What is your favorite day of the year? Do you know what is your friends' favorite day?
  • How did you make your best friend or friends?
  • How do you celebrate your favorite day? How do your friends celebrate their favorite day?
  • What do you like about your favorite day of the year? What do you like about your friend's favorite day of the year? Do you like to make a list of yours and your friend's favorite days?


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Book Details

Publication Date
June 30, 2020
Text Details
The text for this book was set in Cabrito.
Illustration Details
The illustrations for this book were rendered using digital brushes and scanned, hand-printed textures.
Page Count
Reading Age
4 - 8 years

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