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The Day You Begin

by Jacqueline Woodson

Other authors: Rafael Lopez (Illustrator)

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Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.

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Independent Reading Grade Level: K-3
  jenhodges14 | Dec 7, 2023 |
Independent Reading Level: Grades K-3
Honors/Awards: Jane Addams Peace Association
2019 Winner Book for Younger Children
2019 Floyd’s Pick Book Award Winner
  mkoch22103 | Nov 27, 2023 |
Inspiring and artistic picture book that reminds us that we all feel like outsiders at times, but if we are brave and reach out to others, tell them our stories, they will meet us halfway. This is when we can make new friends and enjoy what we have in common and discover those wonderful things that we don't have in common. A beautifully written and lovely illustrated book that reaches out to touch your heart. ( )
  DeborahMc | Jul 25, 2023 |
Compelling story for award winning Jacqueline Woodson. In the beginning, Angelina is nervous, the class has new faces she listens to a new boy in the school and many classmates who brag about the places they flew to. Angelina is nervous until she starts sharing about all the places she went to in her stories over the summer sharing with her sister. ( )
  DebbyTaufernerVa3492 | Jun 19, 2023 |
Description: Encouraging self-acceptance and embracing differences, this book celebrates the courage it takes to be yourself and make new friends.
Age Group: 4-8 years
  DanielSA | Jun 12, 2023 |
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In The Day You Begin, Rafael López’s illustrations marry with Jacqueline Woodson’s text to create the perfect visual experience of growing from an outsider to finding the courage to connect with others “a little like you [but] so fabulously not quite like you at all.”
Woodson’s gentle, lilting story and López’s artistry create a stirring portrait of the courage it takes to be oneself: “There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you until the day you begin/ to share your stories.”
A bright jewel-toned palette and clever details, including a literal reflection of a better future, reveal hope and pride in spite of the taunting. This reassuring, lyrical book feels like a big hug from a wise aunt as she imparts the wisdom of the world in order to calm trepidatious young children: One of these things is not like the other, and that is actually what makes all the difference.
Award winning team Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael Lopez have created this new picture book and it is even more perfect than we anticipated.
The soft, evocative illustrations introduce us to characters who live these situations alone, before realizing that they can connect across, and because of, the identities and experiences that make them unique.

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Jacqueline Woodsonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Lopez, RafaelIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed


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Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.

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National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpre Illustrator Award winner Rafael Lopez have teamed up to create a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone.
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