The Day You Begin

  • Title: The Day You Begin
  • Author: Jacqueline Woodson
  • Illustrator: Rafael Lopez
  • Publisher: Nancy Paulsen, an imprint of Penguin Random House
  • Publication year: 2018
  • Brief Summary: From Penguin Random House-“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.
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – A fellow blogger, Children’s Library Lady, has several great resources for activities to use with this book. This is a great book that includes many diverse groups and presents a mirror for them. It is a book about self confidence, which every child needs.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it. – One of my favorite illustrations is of all the children sitting around on a colorful rug when they realize they all have something in common, that they are not alone. This illustration is so vibrant and filled with color and pattern.

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