Daniel’s Good Day

  • Title: Daniel’s Good Day
  • Author: Micha Archer
  • Illustrator: Micha Archer
  • Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House
  • Publication year: 2019
  • Brief Summary: From Penguin Random House-“The people in Daniel’s neighborhood always say, “Have a good day!” But what exactly is a good day? Daniel is determined to find out, and as he strolls through his neighborhood, he finds a wonderful world full of answers as varied as his neighbors. For Emma, a good day means a strong wind for kite flying. For the bus driver, a good day means pleases and thank-yous. A good day is bees for the gardener, birthdays for the baker, and wagging tails for the mail carrier. And, for Daniel’s grandma, a good day is a hug from Daniel! And when Daniel puts all these good days together, they make a lovely poem full of his neighbors’ favorite things.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library –I think there a many points for adding this to a school library: it’s a new book, there are diverse characters and it has a simple message. I found this lesson plan guide from the website Learning to Give which includes discussion questions to ask before reading and after reading the book aloud.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it – I was glad to see a story such as this with a diverse character/family present. I think it’s important that simple, everyday stories such as this have diverse characters so that children who may come from minority backgrounds can see themselves in the book and not only in books about history, and significant events. While those books are also important and have their place, I think simple books like this with a story about kindness and a child’s curiosity should also include diverse protagonists. I liked Archer’s whimsical, colorful illustrations that show Daniel running, walking and interacting with his neighbors. I think one of my favorite illustrations is of Daniel explaining the “perfect day” to his Grandma and mother.

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