The Day You Begin | by Jacqueline Woodson

The Day You BeginThe Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“There will be times you will walk into a room and no one there is quite like you.”

The Day You Begin is a great book to start the school year with as you begin to set the tone of your school’s community as one that celebrates diversity and the traits that make us each unique.

Those things that make us feel different might sometimes make us feel like the world is a place “that you’re standing all the way outside of.” We establish a classroom environment, therefore, that is welcoming to every student. Every child deserves a safe space where they can feel, seen, heard and supported when they go to school.

We have so much that we can learn from each other and when we take the time to build relationships, we may (not) be surprised to find that we have more in common than not. It takes a bit of bravery to be yourself, share your story, and embrace the stories of others.

I will be adding The Day You Begin to our K-5 library for our staff and students to enjoy. Its words and its illustrations are a beautiful treasure. Thank you Jaqueline Woodson and Rafael Lopez for this gem.

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There is a Teacher’s Guide available on Penguin Random House’s website.


Jacqueline Woodson |

Nancy Paulsen Books
An Imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group

Rafael Lopez |


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