With lyrical prose, Jacqueline Woodson perfectly captures the feelings of not belonging and of finding courage. Without being didactic, The Day You Begin explores how, at any age, new experiences can make one feel out of place. This book encourages children to recognize their diversity as a strength, and to be brave and find commonality within our differences. Rafael López brings these feelings to life with expressive illustrations depicting familiar emotions. Lush nature scenes echo the peace we feel when we find connection with others. A perfect book for children headed to school or new experiences. Recommended By Kate L., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
A #1 New York Times Bestseller!
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!)
"Woodson's lulling free verse
reassures the reader that the world will 'make some space,' while
López's dreamy, near-translucent mixed-media illustrations thrum with
playful joy. This gentle, powerful ode to diversity and acceptance
belongs with all children." Shelf Awareness (Starred Review)
“A beautiful and inclusive story that encourages children to find the beauty in their own lives and share it with the world.” School Library Journal (Starred Review)
“Woodson’s poetic lines give power to each child’s experience....and López’s artistry create a stirring portrait of the courage it takes to be oneself.” Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“A must-have book about the power of one’s voice and the friendships that emerge when you are yourself.” Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
About the Author
Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. She received the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the 2018 Children’s Literature Legacy Award, and is the 2014 National Book Award Winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor, the NAACP Image Award and a Sibert Honor. In 2015, Woodson was named the Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. Her recent adult book, Another Brooklyn, was a National Book Award finalist. She is the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, middle graders and children; among her many accolades, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a four-time National Book Award finalist, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. Her books include The Other Side, Each Kindness, Caldecott Honor book Coming On Home Soon; Newbery Honor winners Feathers, Show Way, and After Tupac and D Foster; and Miracle’s Boys, which received the LA Times Book Prize and the Coretta Scott King Award. Jacqueline is also the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement for her contributions to young adult literature and the winner of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.
Rafael López won Pura Belpré medals for Drum Dream Girl and Book Fiesta, and has also received three Pura Belpré honors, two Américas Book Awards, and the 2017 Tomás Rivera Children's Book Award and Society of Illustrators Original Art Silver Medal. His work has been featured in Communication Arts, American Illustration Annual, Graphic Design USA and Huffington Post. He's a founder of San Diego's Urban Art Trail movement, created seven US Postal Stamps, and created official posters for the '08 and '12 Obama-Biden campaigns.