The Day You Begin
The Day You Begin

The Day You Begin

Written by Jacqueline Woodson & illustrated by Rafael López
5 - 8
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Aug 28, 2018
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Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner Rafael López have teamed up to create a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone. There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you. There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it’s how you look or talk, or where you’re from; maybe it’s what you eat, or something just as random. It’s not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it. Jacqueline Woodson’s lyrical text and Rafael López’s dazzling art reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes-and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway. (This book is also available in Spanish, as El Día En Que Descubres Quién Eres!)

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What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • What is one thing you can do when you feel like you don't belong in a space? What is one thing you can do to help others feel like they belong?


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Book Details

Publication Date
August 28, 2018
Penguin Young Readers Group
Text Details
Text set in Siseriff LT Std.
Illustration Details
The illustrations were created with a combination of acrylic paint on wood, pen and ink, pencil, and watercolors, and put together digitally in Photoshop.
Page Count
Words Per Page
Reading Age
5 - 8 years
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