The Day You Begin


Jacqueline Woodson


Rafael Lopez

Book Summary

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.

First day of school, Making friends, Black, African Descent, Confidence, Nervous

Age Range
Ages 4 to 8 (grades K-3)
Penguin Random House
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