The Day You Begin

The Day You Begin

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. 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 National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpre Illustrator Award winner Rafael Lopez hav...

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Title:The Day You Begin
Author:Jacqueline Woodson
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:The Day You Begin
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:32 pages pages

The Day You Begin Reviews

  • Maria Caplin
    Sep 08, 2018

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books. This is book #15 (of 20) of 2018, a book written by a well-known and lauded author, illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Lyra takes the lead in the defense of this book, and I take the prosecution. Lyra (11): 4.5 st...

    Gorgeous and sweet and affirming. Every child starting school should have a copy of this book! ...

    Another critical darling that didn't impress me. I've loved Jacqueline Woodson's previous picture books, but this one I did not like much. The language is poetic. The illustrations are nice. But it's very message-y. And it felt long. But the main problem I have with it is the way the n...

    Wonderful, wonderful story, and the illustrations are simply breathtaking. My 7 yr. old enjoyed this so much, and we had a great discussion about the meaning behind the storyline as we read it together. We'll definitely read this many times. Great bedtime and classroom read!! ...

    Wow. Powerful and perfect. A beautifully illustrated and told story of encouragement and empowerment for kids who feel different from others, one that urges them to tell their stories and lift their voices. ...

    It's not easy to impress me. I was an elementary school librarian for years and years. I've been reading books nominated for the Cybils Awards for eleven of those years. I've read a lot of good books. The Day You Begin impressed me. It's the simple story, told in unrhymed...

    Finally had a chance to read this masterpiece several times this morning ?#heartprint ...

  • David Schaafsma
    Nov 14, 2018

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books. This is book #15 (of 20) of 2018, a book written by a well-known and lauded author, illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Lyra takes the lead in the defense of this book, and I take the prosecution. Lyra (11): 4.5 st...

  • Lorie Barber
    Jun 08, 2018

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books. This is book #15 (of 20) of 2018, a book written by a well-known and lauded author, illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Lyra takes the lead in the defense of this book, and I take the prosecution. Lyra (11): 4.5 st...

    Gorgeous and sweet and affirming. Every child starting school should have a copy of this book! ...

    Another critical darling that didn't impress me. I've loved Jacqueline Woodson's previous picture books, but this one I did not like much. The language is poetic. The illustrations are nice. But it's very message-y. And it felt long. But the main problem I have with it is the way the n...

    Wonderful, wonderful story, and the illustrations are simply breathtaking. My 7 yr. old enjoyed this so much, and we had a great discussion about the meaning behind the storyline as we read it together. We'll definitely read this many times. Great bedtime and classroom read!! ...

    Wow. Powerful and perfect. A beautifully illustrated and told story of encouragement and empowerment for kids who feel different from others, one that urges them to tell their stories and lift their voices. ...

    It's not easy to impress me. I was an elementary school librarian for years and years. I've been reading books nominated for the Cybils Awards for eleven of those years. I've read a lot of good books. The Day You Begin impressed me. It's the simple story, told in unrhymed...

    Finally had a chance to read this masterpiece several times this morning ?#heartprint ...

    This is going to be one of the most important books to have in your library, regardless of the ages you teach. ...

    "....where every new friend has something a little like you- and something else so fabulously not quite like you at all." In 'The Day You Begin' Jaqueline Woodson delivers a timely, impactful, universal and beautiful message. When current times are so overwhelmingly divisive and ful...

    This is a very sweet children?s book which would be great for kids who feel different from their peers in some way. It discusses what it can be like to feel like you?re different and like you?re an outsider, and how friendships can form through finding commonalities. ...

    Richie?s Picks: THE DAY YOU BEGIN by Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael López, ill., Nancy Paulsen Books, August 2018, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-399-24653-1 ?Be yourself. Free yourself.? -- Graham Nash (1971) ?There will be times when the words don?t come. Your own voice, once h...

    I had a chance to read this book at NErDCampMI and I am so happy I did! What an important book to have in my library. A look at how we feel when we don?t fit in, but also how important it is to be who we are, too. I can?t wait to share this book with teachers and students. ...

    With careful and evocative words, Woodson addresses a child's sense of being excluded, for any number of reasons, race, hair style, lunch ingredients, athletic ability, family life-style. More than half the book gives examples of not being like anyone else and I can picture young reade...

    Two words: Jacqueline Woodson. Getting along, being kind, inclusion. Need I say more? ...

    This book celebrates differences and the importance of sharing YOUR personal story in order to let others in to your world and appreciate who YOU are. ...

    One of the best picture books of 2018. Read this aloud to my fifth graders to kick off the school year. https://youtu.be/kMwQMHgVPnw ...

    First line: There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you. Is there anyone who has not felt that exact way at some point in their lives? This picture book just makes me happy. I love the message of being brave and taking the first steps into a p...

    With lyrical text and vibrant art, The Day You Begin is a celebration of connection with others once you muster up the courage to set things in motion. This picture book captures perfectly the sense of not belonging we've all felt at one point or another in our lives (at school or at a...

    I liked this book and the illustrations were lovely, rendered in acrylic paint, pen, ink, pencil and watercolors. I am not sure, however, that I liked the author switching from child to child, instead of just following one child. ...

    How could this book be anything but amazing! I?d add it to a list of picture books to share with students while talking about theme or acceptance. ...

    Giving this to my teachers to read on the first day of school. ...

    Top of my favorite book list ? my kids loved it, and it?s making its rounds with my colleagues, too. MASTERPIECE. Top of my favorite book list ?? my kids loved it, and it?s making its rounds with my colleagues, too. MASTERPIECE. ...more ...

    The Day You Begin is an illustrated prose poem by Jacqueline Woodson about loneliness, strength, identity, and friendship. The day you begin is ostensibly the day when a young girl from another country beginning school, and the setting remains mostly inside a classroom full of young pe...

    Just like every other Jacqueline Woodson book - picture book, middle grade, teen, adult - this one went straight to the characters' hearts, and mine. ...

    shall gives where like and not tree and water standing and move humdililuh wish of peace coulds deseo friends way we say for name uncatches us here see freeds ...

    A very ?messagey? book. It?s poetic, the pictures are lovely too, but it feels like those heavy handed messagey kids books that adults love and kids are ?meh? about. It doesn?t have a plot exactly?just many vignettes of different children being ostracized for their di...

    Thank you, Nancy Paulsen, for sending this book so I could share it with my students on their very first day of school. I am honored and grateful. Even more so now that I?ve read it. Woodson?s messages that we can all find things we have in common, and that it takes a lot of brav...

  • Edie
    May 20, 2018

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books. This is book #15 (of 20) of 2018, a book written by a well-known and lauded author, illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Lyra takes the lead in the defense of this book, and I take the prosecution. Lyra (11): 4.5 st...

    Gorgeous and sweet and affirming. Every child starting school should have a copy of this book! ...

    Another critical darling that didn't impress me. I've loved Jacqueline Woodson's previous picture books, but this one I did not like much. The language is poetic. The illustrations are nice. But it's very message-y. And it felt long. But the main problem I have with it is the way the n...

    Wonderful, wonderful story, and the illustrations are simply breathtaking. My 7 yr. old enjoyed this so much, and we had a great discussion about the meaning behind the storyline as we read it together. We'll definitely read this many times. Great bedtime and classroom read!! ...

    Wow. Powerful and perfect. A beautifully illustrated and told story of encouragement and empowerment for kids who feel different from others, one that urges them to tell their stories and lift their voices. ...

    It's not easy to impress me. I was an elementary school librarian for years and years. I've been reading books nominated for the Cybils Awards for eleven of those years. I've read a lot of good books. The Day You Begin impressed me. It's the simple story, told in unrhymed...

    Finally had a chance to read this masterpiece several times this morning ?#heartprint ...

    This is going to be one of the most important books to have in your library, regardless of the ages you teach. ...

    "....where every new friend has something a little like you- and something else so fabulously not quite like you at all." In 'The Day You Begin' Jaqueline Woodson delivers a timely, impactful, universal and beautiful message. When current times are so overwhelmingly divisive and ful...

    This is a very sweet children?s book which would be great for kids who feel different from their peers in some way. It discusses what it can be like to feel like you?re different and like you?re an outsider, and how friendships can form through finding commonalities. ...

    Richie?s Picks: THE DAY YOU BEGIN by Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael López, ill., Nancy Paulsen Books, August 2018, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-399-24653-1 ?Be yourself. Free yourself.? -- Graham Nash (1971) ?There will be times when the words don?t come. Your own voice, once h...

    I had a chance to read this book at NErDCampMI and I am so happy I did! What an important book to have in my library. A look at how we feel when we don?t fit in, but also how important it is to be who we are, too. I can?t wait to share this book with teachers and students. ...

    With careful and evocative words, Woodson addresses a child's sense of being excluded, for any number of reasons, race, hair style, lunch ingredients, athletic ability, family life-style. More than half the book gives examples of not being like anyone else and I can picture young reade...

  • Ricki
    Jun 05, 2018

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books. This is book #15 (of 20) of 2018, a book written by a well-known and lauded author, illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Lyra takes the lead in the defense of this book, and I take the prosecution. Lyra (11): 4.5 st...

    Gorgeous and sweet and affirming. Every child starting school should have a copy of this book! ...

    Another critical darling that didn't impress me. I've loved Jacqueline Woodson's previous picture books, but this one I did not like much. The language is poetic. The illustrations are nice. But it's very message-y. And it felt long. But the main problem I have with it is the way the n...

    Wonderful, wonderful story, and the illustrations are simply breathtaking. My 7 yr. old enjoyed this so much, and we had a great discussion about the meaning behind the storyline as we read it together. We'll definitely read this many times. Great bedtime and classroom read!! ...

    Wow. Powerful and perfect. A beautifully illustrated and told story of encouragement and empowerment for kids who feel different from others, one that urges them to tell their stories and lift their voices. ...

    It's not easy to impress me. I was an elementary school librarian for years and years. I've been reading books nominated for the Cybils Awards for eleven of those years. I've read a lot of good books. The Day You Begin impressed me. It's the simple story, told in unrhymed...

    Finally had a chance to read this masterpiece several times this morning ?#heartprint ...

    This is going to be one of the most important books to have in your library, regardless of the ages you teach. ...

    "....where every new friend has something a little like you- and something else so fabulously not quite like you at all." In 'The Day You Begin' Jaqueline Woodson delivers a timely, impactful, universal and beautiful message. When current times are so overwhelmingly divisive and ful...

    This is a very sweet children?s book which would be great for kids who feel different from their peers in some way. It discusses what it can be like to feel like you?re different and like you?re an outsider, and how friendships can form through finding commonalities. ...

    Richie?s Picks: THE DAY YOU BEGIN by Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael López, ill., Nancy Paulsen Books, August 2018, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-399-24653-1 ?Be yourself. Free yourself.? -- Graham Nash (1971) ?There will be times when the words don?t come. Your own voice, once h...

    I had a chance to read this book at NErDCampMI and I am so happy I did! What an important book to have in my library. A look at how we feel when we don?t fit in, but also how important it is to be who we are, too. I can?t wait to share this book with teachers and students. ...

    With careful and evocative words, Woodson addresses a child's sense of being excluded, for any number of reasons, race, hair style, lunch ingredients, athletic ability, family life-style. More than half the book gives examples of not being like anyone else and I can picture young reade...

    Two words: Jacqueline Woodson. Getting along, being kind, inclusion. Need I say more? ...

    This book celebrates differences and the importance of sharing YOUR personal story in order to let others in to your world and appreciate who YOU are. ...

    One of the best picture books of 2018. Read this aloud to my fifth graders to kick off the school year. https://youtu.be/kMwQMHgVPnw ...

    First line: There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you. Is there anyone who has not felt that exact way at some point in their lives? This picture book just makes me happy. I love the message of being brave and taking the first steps into a p...

    With lyrical text and vibrant art, The Day You Begin is a celebration of connection with others once you muster up the courage to set things in motion. This picture book captures perfectly the sense of not belonging we've all felt at one point or another in our lives (at school or at a...

    I liked this book and the illustrations were lovely, rendered in acrylic paint, pen, ink, pencil and watercolors. I am not sure, however, that I liked the author switching from child to child, instead of just following one child. ...

    How could this book be anything but amazing! I?d add it to a list of picture books to share with students while talking about theme or acceptance. ...

    Giving this to my teachers to read on the first day of school. ...

    Top of my favorite book list ? my kids loved it, and it?s making its rounds with my colleagues, too. MASTERPIECE. Top of my favorite book list ?? my kids loved it, and it?s making its rounds with my colleagues, too. MASTERPIECE. ...more ...

    The Day You Begin is an illustrated prose poem by Jacqueline Woodson about loneliness, strength, identity, and friendship. The day you begin is ostensibly the day when a young girl from another country beginning school, and the setting remains mostly inside a classroom full of young pe...

    Just like every other Jacqueline Woodson book - picture book, middle grade, teen, adult - this one went straight to the characters' hearts, and mine. ...

    shall gives where like and not tree and water standing and move humdililuh wish of peace coulds deseo friends way we say for name uncatches us here see freeds ...

    A very ?messagey? book. It?s poetic, the pictures are lovely too, but it feels like those heavy handed messagey kids books that adults love and kids are ?meh? about. It doesn?t have a plot exactly?just many vignettes of different children being ostracized for their di...

    Thank you, Nancy Paulsen, for sending this book so I could share it with my students on their very first day of school. I am honored and grateful. Even more so now that I?ve read it. Woodson?s messages that we can all find things we have in common, and that it takes a lot of brav...

    A great many kids and adults will find solace in the text. The writing and illustrations are stunning. Every once in a while, a book comes around like this one. It is simply magical. I don't often purchase bound copies of my F&Gs, but I knew I needed to pre-order this one after I r...

  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    Nov 12, 2018

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books. This is book #15 (of 20) of 2018, a book written by a well-known and lauded author, illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Lyra takes the lead in the defense of this book, and I take the prosecution. Lyra (11): 4.5 st...

    Gorgeous and sweet and affirming. Every child starting school should have a copy of this book! ...

    Another critical darling that didn't impress me. I've loved Jacqueline Woodson's previous picture books, but this one I did not like much. The language is poetic. The illustrations are nice. But it's very message-y. And it felt long. But the main problem I have with it is the way the n...

    Wonderful, wonderful story, and the illustrations are simply breathtaking. My 7 yr. old enjoyed this so much, and we had a great discussion about the meaning behind the storyline as we read it together. We'll definitely read this many times. Great bedtime and classroom read!! ...

    Wow. Powerful and perfect. A beautifully illustrated and told story of encouragement and empowerment for kids who feel different from others, one that urges them to tell their stories and lift their voices. ...

    It's not easy to impress me. I was an elementary school librarian for years and years. I've been reading books nominated for the Cybils Awards for eleven of those years. I've read a lot of good books. The Day You Begin impressed me. It's the simple story, told in unrhymed...

  • Tanesha
    May 07, 2018

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books. This is book #15 (of 20) of 2018, a book written by a well-known and lauded author, illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Lyra takes the lead in the defense of this book, and I take the prosecution. Lyra (11): 4.5 st...

    Gorgeous and sweet and affirming. Every child starting school should have a copy of this book! ...

    Another critical darling that didn't impress me. I've loved Jacqueline Woodson's previous picture books, but this one I did not like much. The language is poetic. The illustrations are nice. But it's very message-y. And it felt long. But the main problem I have with it is the way the n...

    Wonderful, wonderful story, and the illustrations are simply breathtaking. My 7 yr. old enjoyed this so much, and we had a great discussion about the meaning behind the storyline as we read it together. We'll definitely read this many times. Great bedtime and classroom read!! ...

  • Richie Partington
    Jul 17, 2018

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books. This is book #15 (of 20) of 2018, a book written by a well-known and lauded author, illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Lyra takes the lead in the defense of this book, and I take the prosecution. Lyra (11): 4.5 st...

    Gorgeous and sweet and affirming. Every child starting school should have a copy of this book! ...

    Another critical darling that didn't impress me. I've loved Jacqueline Woodson's previous picture books, but this one I did not like much. The language is poetic. The illustrations are nice. But it's very message-y. And it felt long. But the main problem I have with it is the way the n...

    Wonderful, wonderful story, and the illustrations are simply breathtaking. My 7 yr. old enjoyed this so much, and we had a great discussion about the meaning behind the storyline as we read it together. We'll definitely read this many times. Great bedtime and classroom read!! ...

    Wow. Powerful and perfect. A beautifully illustrated and told story of encouragement and empowerment for kids who feel different from others, one that urges them to tell their stories and lift their voices. ...

    It's not easy to impress me. I was an elementary school librarian for years and years. I've been reading books nominated for the Cybils Awards for eleven of those years. I've read a lot of good books. The Day You Begin impressed me. It's the simple story, told in unrhymed...

    Finally had a chance to read this masterpiece several times this morning ?#heartprint ...

    This is going to be one of the most important books to have in your library, regardless of the ages you teach. ...

    "....where every new friend has something a little like you- and something else so fabulously not quite like you at all." In 'The Day You Begin' Jaqueline Woodson delivers a timely, impactful, universal and beautiful message. When current times are so overwhelmingly divisive and ful...

    This is a very sweet children?s book which would be great for kids who feel different from their peers in some way. It discusses what it can be like to feel like you?re different and like you?re an outsider, and how friendships can form through finding commonalities. ...

    Richie?s Picks: THE DAY YOU BEGIN by Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael López, ill., Nancy Paulsen Books, August 2018, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-399-24653-1 ?Be yourself. Free yourself.? -- Graham Nash (1971) ?There will be times when the words don?t come. Your own voice, once h...

  • Dennis
    Sep 02, 2018

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books. This is book #15 (of 20) of 2018, a book written by a well-known and lauded author, illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Lyra takes the lead in the defense of this book, and I take the prosecution. Lyra (11): 4.5 st...

    Gorgeous and sweet and affirming. Every child starting school should have a copy of this book! ...

    Another critical darling that didn't impress me. I've loved Jacqueline Woodson's previous picture books, but this one I did not like much. The language is poetic. The illustrations are nice. But it's very message-y. And it felt long. But the main problem I have with it is the way the n...

    Wonderful, wonderful story, and the illustrations are simply breathtaking. My 7 yr. old enjoyed this so much, and we had a great discussion about the meaning behind the storyline as we read it together. We'll definitely read this many times. Great bedtime and classroom read!! ...

    Wow. Powerful and perfect. A beautifully illustrated and told story of encouragement and empowerment for kids who feel different from others, one that urges them to tell their stories and lift their voices. ...

    It's not easy to impress me. I was an elementary school librarian for years and years. I've been reading books nominated for the Cybils Awards for eleven of those years. I've read a lot of good books. The Day You Begin impressed me. It's the simple story, told in unrhymed...

    Finally had a chance to read this masterpiece several times this morning ?#heartprint ...

    This is going to be one of the most important books to have in your library, regardless of the ages you teach. ...

    "....where every new friend has something a little like you- and something else so fabulously not quite like you at all." In 'The Day You Begin' Jaqueline Woodson delivers a timely, impactful, universal and beautiful message. When current times are so overwhelmingly divisive and ful...

    This is a very sweet children?s book which would be great for kids who feel different from their peers in some way. It discusses what it can be like to feel like you?re different and like you?re an outsider, and how friendships can form through finding commonalities. ...

    Richie?s Picks: THE DAY YOU BEGIN by Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael López, ill., Nancy Paulsen Books, August 2018, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-399-24653-1 ?Be yourself. Free yourself.? -- Graham Nash (1971) ?There will be times when the words don?t come. Your own voice, once h...

    I had a chance to read this book at NErDCampMI and I am so happy I did! What an important book to have in my library. A look at how we feel when we don?t fit in, but also how important it is to be who we are, too. I can?t wait to share this book with teachers and students. ...

    With careful and evocative words, Woodson addresses a child's sense of being excluded, for any number of reasons, race, hair style, lunch ingredients, athletic ability, family life-style. More than half the book gives examples of not being like anyone else and I can picture young reade...

    Two words: Jacqueline Woodson. Getting along, being kind, inclusion. Need I say more? ...

    This book celebrates differences and the importance of sharing YOUR personal story in order to let others in to your world and appreciate who YOU are. ...

    One of the best picture books of 2018. Read this aloud to my fifth graders to kick off the school year. https://youtu.be/kMwQMHgVPnw ...

    First line: There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you. Is there anyone who has not felt that exact way at some point in their lives? This picture book just makes me happy. I love the message of being brave and taking the first steps into a p...

    With lyrical text and vibrant art, The Day You Begin is a celebration of connection with others once you muster up the courage to set things in motion. This picture book captures perfectly the sense of not belonging we've all felt at one point or another in our lives (at school or at a...

    I liked this book and the illustrations were lovely, rendered in acrylic paint, pen, ink, pencil and watercolors. I am not sure, however, that I liked the author switching from child to child, instead of just following one child. ...

    How could this book be anything but amazing! I?d add it to a list of picture books to share with students while talking about theme or acceptance. ...

    Giving this to my teachers to read on the first day of school. ...

    Top of my favorite book list ? my kids loved it, and it?s making its rounds with my colleagues, too. MASTERPIECE. Top of my favorite book list ?? my kids loved it, and it?s making its rounds with my colleagues, too. MASTERPIECE. ...more ...

    The Day You Begin is an illustrated prose poem by Jacqueline Woodson about loneliness, strength, identity, and friendship. The day you begin is ostensibly the day when a young girl from another country beginning school, and the setting remains mostly inside a classroom full of young pe...

    Just like every other Jacqueline Woodson book - picture book, middle grade, teen, adult - this one went straight to the characters' hearts, and mine. ...

  • Krissy Neddo
    Sep 16, 2018

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books. This is book #15 (of 20) of 2018, a book written by a well-known and lauded author, illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Lyra takes the lead in the defense of this book, and I take the prosecution. Lyra (11): 4.5 st...

    Gorgeous and sweet and affirming. Every child starting school should have a copy of this book! ...

    Another critical darling that didn't impress me. I've loved Jacqueline Woodson's previous picture books, but this one I did not like much. The language is poetic. The illustrations are nice. But it's very message-y. And it felt long. But the main problem I have with it is the way the n...

    Wonderful, wonderful story, and the illustrations are simply breathtaking. My 7 yr. old enjoyed this so much, and we had a great discussion about the meaning behind the storyline as we read it together. We'll definitely read this many times. Great bedtime and classroom read!! ...

    Wow. Powerful and perfect. A beautifully illustrated and told story of encouragement and empowerment for kids who feel different from others, one that urges them to tell their stories and lift their voices. ...

    It's not easy to impress me. I was an elementary school librarian for years and years. I've been reading books nominated for the Cybils Awards for eleven of those years. I've read a lot of good books. The Day You Begin impressed me. It's the simple story, told in unrhymed...

    Finally had a chance to read this masterpiece several times this morning ?#heartprint ...

    This is going to be one of the most important books to have in your library, regardless of the ages you teach. ...

    "....where every new friend has something a little like you- and something else so fabulously not quite like you at all." In 'The Day You Begin' Jaqueline Woodson delivers a timely, impactful, universal and beautiful message. When current times are so overwhelmingly divisive and ful...

    This is a very sweet children?s book which would be great for kids who feel different from their peers in some way. It discusses what it can be like to feel like you?re different and like you?re an outsider, and how friendships can form through finding commonalities. ...

    Richie?s Picks: THE DAY YOU BEGIN by Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael López, ill., Nancy Paulsen Books, August 2018, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-399-24653-1 ?Be yourself. Free yourself.? -- Graham Nash (1971) ?There will be times when the words don?t come. Your own voice, once h...

    I had a chance to read this book at NErDCampMI and I am so happy I did! What an important book to have in my library. A look at how we feel when we don?t fit in, but also how important it is to be who we are, too. I can?t wait to share this book with teachers and students. ...

    With careful and evocative words, Woodson addresses a child's sense of being excluded, for any number of reasons, race, hair style, lunch ingredients, athletic ability, family life-style. More than half the book gives examples of not being like anyone else and I can picture young reade...

    Two words: Jacqueline Woodson. Getting along, being kind, inclusion. Need I say more? ...

    This book celebrates differences and the importance of sharing YOUR personal story in order to let others in to your world and appreciate who YOU are. ...

    One of the best picture books of 2018. Read this aloud to my fifth graders to kick off the school year. https://youtu.be/kMwQMHgVPnw ...

    First line: There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you. Is there anyone who has not felt that exact way at some point in their lives? This picture book just makes me happy. I love the message of being brave and taking the first steps into a p...

    With lyrical text and vibrant art, The Day You Begin is a celebration of connection with others once you muster up the courage to set things in motion. This picture book captures perfectly the sense of not belonging we've all felt at one point or another in our lives (at school or at a...

    I liked this book and the illustrations were lovely, rendered in acrylic paint, pen, ink, pencil and watercolors. I am not sure, however, that I liked the author switching from child to child, instead of just following one child. ...

    How could this book be anything but amazing! I?d add it to a list of picture books to share with students while talking about theme or acceptance. ...

    Giving this to my teachers to read on the first day of school. ...

  • Kellee
    Jul 16, 2018

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books. This is book #15 (of 20) of 2018, a book written by a well-known and lauded author, illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Lyra takes the lead in the defense of this book, and I take the prosecution. Lyra (11): 4.5 st...

    Gorgeous and sweet and affirming. Every child starting school should have a copy of this book! ...

    Another critical darling that didn't impress me. I've loved Jacqueline Woodson's previous picture books, but this one I did not like much. The language is poetic. The illustrations are nice. But it's very message-y. And it felt long. But the main problem I have with it is the way the n...

    Wonderful, wonderful story, and the illustrations are simply breathtaking. My 7 yr. old enjoyed this so much, and we had a great discussion about the meaning behind the storyline as we read it together. We'll definitely read this many times. Great bedtime and classroom read!! ...

    Wow. Powerful and perfect. A beautifully illustrated and told story of encouragement and empowerment for kids who feel different from others, one that urges them to tell their stories and lift their voices. ...

    It's not easy to impress me. I was an elementary school librarian for years and years. I've been reading books nominated for the Cybils Awards for eleven of those years. I've read a lot of good books. The Day You Begin impressed me. It's the simple story, told in unrhymed...

    Finally had a chance to read this masterpiece several times this morning ?#heartprint ...

    This is going to be one of the most important books to have in your library, regardless of the ages you teach. ...

    "....where every new friend has something a little like you- and something else so fabulously not quite like you at all." In 'The Day You Begin' Jaqueline Woodson delivers a timely, impactful, universal and beautiful message. When current times are so overwhelmingly divisive and ful...

    This is a very sweet children?s book which would be great for kids who feel different from their peers in some way. It discusses what it can be like to feel like you?re different and like you?re an outsider, and how friendships can form through finding commonalities. ...

    Richie?s Picks: THE DAY YOU BEGIN by Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael López, ill., Nancy Paulsen Books, August 2018, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-399-24653-1 ?Be yourself. Free yourself.? -- Graham Nash (1971) ?There will be times when the words don?t come. Your own voice, once h...

    I had a chance to read this book at NErDCampMI and I am so happy I did! What an important book to have in my library. A look at how we feel when we don?t fit in, but also how important it is to be who we are, too. I can?t wait to share this book with teachers and students. ...

    With careful and evocative words, Woodson addresses a child's sense of being excluded, for any number of reasons, race, hair style, lunch ingredients, athletic ability, family life-style. More than half the book gives examples of not being like anyone else and I can picture young reade...

    Two words: Jacqueline Woodson. Getting along, being kind, inclusion. Need I say more? ...

    This book celebrates differences and the importance of sharing YOUR personal story in order to let others in to your world and appreciate who YOU are. ...

    One of the best picture books of 2018. Read this aloud to my fifth graders to kick off the school year. https://youtu.be/kMwQMHgVPnw ...

    First line: There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you. Is there anyone who has not felt that exact way at some point in their lives? This picture book just makes me happy. I love the message of being brave and taking the first steps into a p...

    With lyrical text and vibrant art, The Day You Begin is a celebration of connection with others once you muster up the courage to set things in motion. This picture book captures perfectly the sense of not belonging we've all felt at one point or another in our lives (at school or at a...

    I liked this book and the illustrations were lovely, rendered in acrylic paint, pen, ink, pencil and watercolors. I am not sure, however, that I liked the author switching from child to child, instead of just following one child. ...

    How could this book be anything but amazing! I?d add it to a list of picture books to share with students while talking about theme or acceptance. ...

    Giving this to my teachers to read on the first day of school. ...

    Top of my favorite book list ? my kids loved it, and it?s making its rounds with my colleagues, too. MASTERPIECE. Top of my favorite book list ?? my kids loved it, and it?s making its rounds with my colleagues, too. MASTERPIECE. ...more ...

    The Day You Begin is an illustrated prose poem by Jacqueline Woodson about loneliness, strength, identity, and friendship. The day you begin is ostensibly the day when a young girl from another country beginning school, and the setting remains mostly inside a classroom full of young pe...

    Just like every other Jacqueline Woodson book - picture book, middle grade, teen, adult - this one went straight to the characters' hearts, and mine. ...

    shall gives where like and not tree and water standing and move humdililuh wish of peace coulds deseo friends way we say for name uncatches us here see freeds ...

    A very ?messagey? book. It?s poetic, the pictures are lovely too, but it feels like those heavy handed messagey kids books that adults love and kids are ?meh? about. It doesn?t have a plot exactly?just many vignettes of different children being ostracized for their di...

    Thank you, Nancy Paulsen, for sending this book so I could share it with my students on their very first day of school. I am honored and grateful. Even more so now that I?ve read it. Woodson?s messages that we can all find things we have in common, and that it takes a lot of brav...

    A great many kids and adults will find solace in the text. The writing and illustrations are stunning. Every once in a while, a book comes around like this one. It is simply magical. I don't often purchase bound copies of my F&Gs, but I knew I needed to pre-order this one after I r...

    A beautiful book about the power of differences while also acknowledging the challenges that feeling as if you don?t fit in cause. I loved that the story was not exactly narrative but instead of a snapshot into multiple kids? lives to help show different examples of differences. We...

  • Laurie Anderson
    Aug 20, 2018

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books. This is book #15 (of 20) of 2018, a book written by a well-known and lauded author, illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Lyra takes the lead in the defense of this book, and I take the prosecution. Lyra (11): 4.5 st...

    Gorgeous and sweet and affirming. Every child starting school should have a copy of this book! ...

  • Allison
    Sep 17, 2018

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books. This is book #15 (of 20) of 2018, a book written by a well-known and lauded author, illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Lyra takes the lead in the defense of this book, and I take the prosecution. Lyra (11): 4.5 st...

    Gorgeous and sweet and affirming. Every child starting school should have a copy of this book! ...

    Another critical darling that didn't impress me. I've loved Jacqueline Woodson's previous picture books, but this one I did not like much. The language is poetic. The illustrations are nice. But it's very message-y. And it felt long. But the main problem I have with it is the way the n...

  • Chance Lee
    Aug 23, 2018

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books. This is book #15 (of 20) of 2018, a book written by a well-known and lauded author, illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Lyra takes the lead in the defense of this book, and I take the prosecution. Lyra (11): 4.5 st...

    Gorgeous and sweet and affirming. Every child starting school should have a copy of this book! ...

    Another critical darling that didn't impress me. I've loved Jacqueline Woodson's previous picture books, but this one I did not like much. The language is poetic. The illustrations are nice. But it's very message-y. And it felt long. But the main problem I have with it is the way the n...

    Wonderful, wonderful story, and the illustrations are simply breathtaking. My 7 yr. old enjoyed this so much, and we had a great discussion about the meaning behind the storyline as we read it together. We'll definitely read this many times. Great bedtime and classroom read!! ...

    Wow. Powerful and perfect. A beautifully illustrated and told story of encouragement and empowerment for kids who feel different from others, one that urges them to tell their stories and lift their voices. ...

    It's not easy to impress me. I was an elementary school librarian for years and years. I've been reading books nominated for the Cybils Awards for eleven of those years. I've read a lot of good books. The Day You Begin impressed me. It's the simple story, told in unrhymed...

    Finally had a chance to read this masterpiece several times this morning ?#heartprint ...

    This is going to be one of the most important books to have in your library, regardless of the ages you teach. ...

    "....where every new friend has something a little like you- and something else so fabulously not quite like you at all." In 'The Day You Begin' Jaqueline Woodson delivers a timely, impactful, universal and beautiful message. When current times are so overwhelmingly divisive and ful...

    This is a very sweet children?s book which would be great for kids who feel different from their peers in some way. It discusses what it can be like to feel like you?re different and like you?re an outsider, and how friendships can form through finding commonalities. ...

    Richie?s Picks: THE DAY YOU BEGIN by Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael López, ill., Nancy Paulsen Books, August 2018, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-399-24653-1 ?Be yourself. Free yourself.? -- Graham Nash (1971) ?There will be times when the words don?t come. Your own voice, once h...

    I had a chance to read this book at NErDCampMI and I am so happy I did! What an important book to have in my library. A look at how we feel when we don?t fit in, but also how important it is to be who we are, too. I can?t wait to share this book with teachers and students. ...

    With careful and evocative words, Woodson addresses a child's sense of being excluded, for any number of reasons, race, hair style, lunch ingredients, athletic ability, family life-style. More than half the book gives examples of not being like anyone else and I can picture young reade...

    Two words: Jacqueline Woodson. Getting along, being kind, inclusion. Need I say more? ...

    This book celebrates differences and the importance of sharing YOUR personal story in order to let others in to your world and appreciate who YOU are. ...

    One of the best picture books of 2018. Read this aloud to my fifth graders to kick off the school year. https://youtu.be/kMwQMHgVPnw ...

    First line: There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you. Is there anyone who has not felt that exact way at some point in their lives? This picture book just makes me happy. I love the message of being brave and taking the first steps into a p...

    With lyrical text and vibrant art, The Day You Begin is a celebration of connection with others once you muster up the courage to set things in motion. This picture book captures perfectly the sense of not belonging we've all felt at one point or another in our lives (at school or at a...

    I liked this book and the illustrations were lovely, rendered in acrylic paint, pen, ink, pencil and watercolors. I am not sure, however, that I liked the author switching from child to child, instead of just following one child. ...

    How could this book be anything but amazing! I?d add it to a list of picture books to share with students while talking about theme or acceptance. ...

    Giving this to my teachers to read on the first day of school. ...

    Top of my favorite book list ? my kids loved it, and it?s making its rounds with my colleagues, too. MASTERPIECE. Top of my favorite book list ?? my kids loved it, and it?s making its rounds with my colleagues, too. MASTERPIECE. ...more ...

    The Day You Begin is an illustrated prose poem by Jacqueline Woodson about loneliness, strength, identity, and friendship. The day you begin is ostensibly the day when a young girl from another country beginning school, and the setting remains mostly inside a classroom full of young pe...

  • Beverly
    Sep 12, 2018

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books. This is book #15 (of 20) of 2018, a book written by a well-known and lauded author, illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Lyra takes the lead in the defense of this book, and I take the prosecution. Lyra (11): 4.5 st...

    Gorgeous and sweet and affirming. Every child starting school should have a copy of this book! ...

    Another critical darling that didn't impress me. I've loved Jacqueline Woodson's previous picture books, but this one I did not like much. The language is poetic. The illustrations are nice. But it's very message-y. And it felt long. But the main problem I have with it is the way the n...

    Wonderful, wonderful story, and the illustrations are simply breathtaking. My 7 yr. old enjoyed this so much, and we had a great discussion about the meaning behind the storyline as we read it together. We'll definitely read this many times. Great bedtime and classroom read!! ...

    Wow. Powerful and perfect. A beautifully illustrated and told story of encouragement and empowerment for kids who feel different from others, one that urges them to tell their stories and lift their voices. ...

    It's not easy to impress me. I was an elementary school librarian for years and years. I've been reading books nominated for the Cybils Awards for eleven of those years. I've read a lot of good books. The Day You Begin impressed me. It's the simple story, told in unrhymed...

    Finally had a chance to read this masterpiece several times this morning ?#heartprint ...

    This is going to be one of the most important books to have in your library, regardless of the ages you teach. ...

    "....where every new friend has something a little like you- and something else so fabulously not quite like you at all." In 'The Day You Begin' Jaqueline Woodson delivers a timely, impactful, universal and beautiful message. When current times are so overwhelmingly divisive and ful...

    This is a very sweet children?s book which would be great for kids who feel different from their peers in some way. It discusses what it can be like to feel like you?re different and like you?re an outsider, and how friendships can form through finding commonalities. ...

    Richie?s Picks: THE DAY YOU BEGIN by Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael López, ill., Nancy Paulsen Books, August 2018, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-399-24653-1 ?Be yourself. Free yourself.? -- Graham Nash (1971) ?There will be times when the words don?t come. Your own voice, once h...

    I had a chance to read this book at NErDCampMI and I am so happy I did! What an important book to have in my library. A look at how we feel when we don?t fit in, but also how important it is to be who we are, too. I can?t wait to share this book with teachers and students. ...

    With careful and evocative words, Woodson addresses a child's sense of being excluded, for any number of reasons, race, hair style, lunch ingredients, athletic ability, family life-style. More than half the book gives examples of not being like anyone else and I can picture young reade...

    Two words: Jacqueline Woodson. Getting along, being kind, inclusion. Need I say more? ...

    This book celebrates differences and the importance of sharing YOUR personal story in order to let others in to your world and appreciate who YOU are. ...

    One of the best picture books of 2018. Read this aloud to my fifth graders to kick off the school year. https://youtu.be/kMwQMHgVPnw ...

    First line: There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you. Is there anyone who has not felt that exact way at some point in their lives? This picture book just makes me happy. I love the message of being brave and taking the first steps into a p...

    With lyrical text and vibrant art, The Day You Begin is a celebration of connection with others once you muster up the courage to set things in motion. This picture book captures perfectly the sense of not belonging we've all felt at one point or another in our lives (at school or at a...

    I liked this book and the illustrations were lovely, rendered in acrylic paint, pen, ink, pencil and watercolors. I am not sure, however, that I liked the author switching from child to child, instead of just following one child. ...

  • Elizabeth A
    Oct 15, 2018

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books. This is book #15 (of 20) of 2018, a book written by a well-known and lauded author, illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Lyra takes the lead in the defense of this book, and I take the prosecution. Lyra (11): 4.5 st...

    Gorgeous and sweet and affirming. Every child starting school should have a copy of this book! ...

    Another critical darling that didn't impress me. I've loved Jacqueline Woodson's previous picture books, but this one I did not like much. The language is poetic. The illustrations are nice. But it's very message-y. And it felt long. But the main problem I have with it is the way the n...

    Wonderful, wonderful story, and the illustrations are simply breathtaking. My 7 yr. old enjoyed this so much, and we had a great discussion about the meaning behind the storyline as we read it together. We'll definitely read this many times. Great bedtime and classroom read!! ...

    Wow. Powerful and perfect. A beautifully illustrated and told story of encouragement and empowerment for kids who feel different from others, one that urges them to tell their stories and lift their voices. ...

    It's not easy to impress me. I was an elementary school librarian for years and years. I've been reading books nominated for the Cybils Awards for eleven of those years. I've read a lot of good books. The Day You Begin impressed me. It's the simple story, told in unrhymed...

    Finally had a chance to read this masterpiece several times this morning ?#heartprint ...

    This is going to be one of the most important books to have in your library, regardless of the ages you teach. ...

    "....where every new friend has something a little like you- and something else so fabulously not quite like you at all." In 'The Day You Begin' Jaqueline Woodson delivers a timely, impactful, universal and beautiful message. When current times are so overwhelmingly divisive and ful...

    This is a very sweet children?s book which would be great for kids who feel different from their peers in some way. It discusses what it can be like to feel like you?re different and like you?re an outsider, and how friendships can form through finding commonalities. ...

    Richie?s Picks: THE DAY YOU BEGIN by Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael López, ill., Nancy Paulsen Books, August 2018, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-399-24653-1 ?Be yourself. Free yourself.? -- Graham Nash (1971) ?There will be times when the words don?t come. Your own voice, once h...

    I had a chance to read this book at NErDCampMI and I am so happy I did! What an important book to have in my library. A look at how we feel when we don?t fit in, but also how important it is to be who we are, too. I can?t wait to share this book with teachers and students. ...

    With careful and evocative words, Woodson addresses a child's sense of being excluded, for any number of reasons, race, hair style, lunch ingredients, athletic ability, family life-style. More than half the book gives examples of not being like anyone else and I can picture young reade...

    Two words: Jacqueline Woodson. Getting along, being kind, inclusion. Need I say more? ...

    This book celebrates differences and the importance of sharing YOUR personal story in order to let others in to your world and appreciate who YOU are. ...

    One of the best picture books of 2018. Read this aloud to my fifth graders to kick off the school year. https://youtu.be/kMwQMHgVPnw ...

    First line: There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you. Is there anyone who has not felt that exact way at some point in their lives? This picture book just makes me happy. I love the message of being brave and taking the first steps into a p...

  • Yapha
    May 22, 2018

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books. This is book #15 (of 20) of 2018, a book written by a well-known and lauded author, illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Lyra takes the lead in the defense of this book, and I take the prosecution. Lyra (11): 4.5 st...

    Gorgeous and sweet and affirming. Every child starting school should have a copy of this book! ...

    Another critical darling that didn't impress me. I've loved Jacqueline Woodson's previous picture books, but this one I did not like much. The language is poetic. The illustrations are nice. But it's very message-y. And it felt long. But the main problem I have with it is the way the n...

    Wonderful, wonderful story, and the illustrations are simply breathtaking. My 7 yr. old enjoyed this so much, and we had a great discussion about the meaning behind the storyline as we read it together. We'll definitely read this many times. Great bedtime and classroom read!! ...

    Wow. Powerful and perfect. A beautifully illustrated and told story of encouragement and empowerment for kids who feel different from others, one that urges them to tell their stories and lift their voices. ...

    It's not easy to impress me. I was an elementary school librarian for years and years. I've been reading books nominated for the Cybils Awards for eleven of those years. I've read a lot of good books. The Day You Begin impressed me. It's the simple story, told in unrhymed...

    Finally had a chance to read this masterpiece several times this morning ?#heartprint ...

    This is going to be one of the most important books to have in your library, regardless of the ages you teach. ...

    "....where every new friend has something a little like you- and something else so fabulously not quite like you at all." In 'The Day You Begin' Jaqueline Woodson delivers a timely, impactful, universal and beautiful message. When current times are so overwhelmingly divisive and ful...

    This is a very sweet children?s book which would be great for kids who feel different from their peers in some way. It discusses what it can be like to feel like you?re different and like you?re an outsider, and how friendships can form through finding commonalities. ...

    Richie?s Picks: THE DAY YOU BEGIN by Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael López, ill., Nancy Paulsen Books, August 2018, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-399-24653-1 ?Be yourself. Free yourself.? -- Graham Nash (1971) ?There will be times when the words don?t come. Your own voice, once h...

    I had a chance to read this book at NErDCampMI and I am so happy I did! What an important book to have in my library. A look at how we feel when we don?t fit in, but also how important it is to be who we are, too. I can?t wait to share this book with teachers and students. ...

    With careful and evocative words, Woodson addresses a child's sense of being excluded, for any number of reasons, race, hair style, lunch ingredients, athletic ability, family life-style. More than half the book gives examples of not being like anyone else and I can picture young reade...

    Two words: Jacqueline Woodson. Getting along, being kind, inclusion. Need I say more? ...

    This book celebrates differences and the importance of sharing YOUR personal story in order to let others in to your world and appreciate who YOU are. ...

    One of the best picture books of 2018. Read this aloud to my fifth graders to kick off the school year. https://youtu.be/kMwQMHgVPnw ...

    First line: There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you. Is there anyone who has not felt that exact way at some point in their lives? This picture book just makes me happy. I love the message of being brave and taking the first steps into a p...

    With lyrical text and vibrant art, The Day You Begin is a celebration of connection with others once you muster up the courage to set things in motion. This picture book captures perfectly the sense of not belonging we've all felt at one point or another in our lives (at school or at a...

    I liked this book and the illustrations were lovely, rendered in acrylic paint, pen, ink, pencil and watercolors. I am not sure, however, that I liked the author switching from child to child, instead of just following one child. ...

    How could this book be anything but amazing! I?d add it to a list of picture books to share with students while talking about theme or acceptance. ...

    Giving this to my teachers to read on the first day of school. ...

    Top of my favorite book list ? my kids loved it, and it?s making its rounds with my colleagues, too. MASTERPIECE. Top of my favorite book list ?? my kids loved it, and it?s making its rounds with my colleagues, too. MASTERPIECE. ...more ...

    The Day You Begin is an illustrated prose poem by Jacqueline Woodson about loneliness, strength, identity, and friendship. The day you begin is ostensibly the day when a young girl from another country beginning school, and the setting remains mostly inside a classroom full of young pe...

    Just like every other Jacqueline Woodson book - picture book, middle grade, teen, adult - this one went straight to the characters' hearts, and mine. ...

    shall gives where like and not tree and water standing and move humdililuh wish of peace coulds deseo friends way we say for name uncatches us here see freeds ...

    A very ?messagey? book. It?s poetic, the pictures are lovely too, but it feels like those heavy handed messagey kids books that adults love and kids are ?meh? about. It doesn?t have a plot exactly?just many vignettes of different children being ostracized for their di...

    Thank you, Nancy Paulsen, for sending this book so I could share it with my students on their very first day of school. I am honored and grateful. Even more so now that I?ve read it. Woodson?s messages that we can all find things we have in common, and that it takes a lot of brav...

    A great many kids and adults will find solace in the text. The writing and illustrations are stunning. Every once in a while, a book comes around like this one. It is simply magical. I don't often purchase bound copies of my F&Gs, but I knew I needed to pre-order this one after I r...

    A beautiful book about the power of differences while also acknowledging the challenges that feeling as if you don?t fit in cause. I loved that the story was not exactly narrative but instead of a snapshot into multiple kids? lives to help show different examples of differences. We...

    Lyrically writing with equally gorgeous illustrations, this powerful and poignant book is perfect for anyone who has ever felt they are on the outside. A must have for all classrooms and libraries. Highly recommended for grades K and up. ...

  • Colby Sharp
    Sep 05, 2018

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books. This is book #15 (of 20) of 2018, a book written by a well-known and lauded author, illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Lyra takes the lead in the defense of this book, and I take the prosecution. Lyra (11): 4.5 st...

    Gorgeous and sweet and affirming. Every child starting school should have a copy of this book! ...

    Another critical darling that didn't impress me. I've loved Jacqueline Woodson's previous picture books, but this one I did not like much. The language is poetic. The illustrations are nice. But it's very message-y. And it felt long. But the main problem I have with it is the way the n...

    Wonderful, wonderful story, and the illustrations are simply breathtaking. My 7 yr. old enjoyed this so much, and we had a great discussion about the meaning behind the storyline as we read it together. We'll definitely read this many times. Great bedtime and classroom read!! ...

    Wow. Powerful and perfect. A beautifully illustrated and told story of encouragement and empowerment for kids who feel different from others, one that urges them to tell their stories and lift their voices. ...

    It's not easy to impress me. I was an elementary school librarian for years and years. I've been reading books nominated for the Cybils Awards for eleven of those years. I've read a lot of good books. The Day You Begin impressed me. It's the simple story, told in unrhymed...

    Finally had a chance to read this masterpiece several times this morning ?#heartprint ...

    This is going to be one of the most important books to have in your library, regardless of the ages you teach. ...

    "....where every new friend has something a little like you- and something else so fabulously not quite like you at all." In 'The Day You Begin' Jaqueline Woodson delivers a timely, impactful, universal and beautiful message. When current times are so overwhelmingly divisive and ful...

    This is a very sweet children?s book which would be great for kids who feel different from their peers in some way. It discusses what it can be like to feel like you?re different and like you?re an outsider, and how friendships can form through finding commonalities. ...

    Richie?s Picks: THE DAY YOU BEGIN by Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael López, ill., Nancy Paulsen Books, August 2018, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-399-24653-1 ?Be yourself. Free yourself.? -- Graham Nash (1971) ?There will be times when the words don?t come. Your own voice, once h...

    I had a chance to read this book at NErDCampMI and I am so happy I did! What an important book to have in my library. A look at how we feel when we don?t fit in, but also how important it is to be who we are, too. I can?t wait to share this book with teachers and students. ...

    With careful and evocative words, Woodson addresses a child's sense of being excluded, for any number of reasons, race, hair style, lunch ingredients, athletic ability, family life-style. More than half the book gives examples of not being like anyone else and I can picture young reade...

    Two words: Jacqueline Woodson. Getting along, being kind, inclusion. Need I say more? ...

    This book celebrates differences and the importance of sharing YOUR personal story in order to let others in to your world and appreciate who YOU are. ...

    One of the best picture books of 2018. Read this aloud to my fifth graders to kick off the school year. https://youtu.be/kMwQMHgVPnw ...

  • Michele Knott
    May 17, 2018

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books. This is book #15 (of 20) of 2018, a book written by a well-known and lauded author, illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Lyra takes the lead in the defense of this book, and I take the prosecution. Lyra (11): 4.5 st...

    Gorgeous and sweet and affirming. Every child starting school should have a copy of this book! ...

    Another critical darling that didn't impress me. I've loved Jacqueline Woodson's previous picture books, but this one I did not like much. The language is poetic. The illustrations are nice. But it's very message-y. And it felt long. But the main problem I have with it is the way the n...

    Wonderful, wonderful story, and the illustrations are simply breathtaking. My 7 yr. old enjoyed this so much, and we had a great discussion about the meaning behind the storyline as we read it together. We'll definitely read this many times. Great bedtime and classroom read!! ...

    Wow. Powerful and perfect. A beautifully illustrated and told story of encouragement and empowerment for kids who feel different from others, one that urges them to tell their stories and lift their voices. ...

    It's not easy to impress me. I was an elementary school librarian for years and years. I've been reading books nominated for the Cybils Awards for eleven of those years. I've read a lot of good books. The Day You Begin impressed me. It's the simple story, told in unrhymed...

    Finally had a chance to read this masterpiece several times this morning ?#heartprint ...

    This is going to be one of the most important books to have in your library, regardless of the ages you teach. ...

  • Danielle
    Oct 21, 2018

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books. This is book #15 (of 20) of 2018, a book written by a well-known and lauded author, illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Lyra takes the lead in the defense of this book, and I take the prosecution. Lyra (11): 4.5 st...

    Gorgeous and sweet and affirming. Every child starting school should have a copy of this book! ...

    Another critical darling that didn't impress me. I've loved Jacqueline Woodson's previous picture books, but this one I did not like much. The language is poetic. The illustrations are nice. But it's very message-y. And it felt long. But the main problem I have with it is the way the n...

    Wonderful, wonderful story, and the illustrations are simply breathtaking. My 7 yr. old enjoyed this so much, and we had a great discussion about the meaning behind the storyline as we read it together. We'll definitely read this many times. Great bedtime and classroom read!! ...

    Wow. Powerful and perfect. A beautifully illustrated and told story of encouragement and empowerment for kids who feel different from others, one that urges them to tell their stories and lift their voices. ...

  • Earl
    May 23, 2018

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books. This is book #15 (of 20) of 2018, a book written by a well-known and lauded author, illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Lyra takes the lead in the defense of this book, and I take the prosecution. Lyra (11): 4.5 st...

    Gorgeous and sweet and affirming. Every child starting school should have a copy of this book! ...

    Another critical darling that didn't impress me. I've loved Jacqueline Woodson's previous picture books, but this one I did not like much. The language is poetic. The illustrations are nice. But it's very message-y. And it felt long. But the main problem I have with it is the way the n...

    Wonderful, wonderful story, and the illustrations are simply breathtaking. My 7 yr. old enjoyed this so much, and we had a great discussion about the meaning behind the storyline as we read it together. We'll definitely read this many times. Great bedtime and classroom read!! ...

    Wow. Powerful and perfect. A beautifully illustrated and told story of encouragement and empowerment for kids who feel different from others, one that urges them to tell their stories and lift their voices. ...

    It's not easy to impress me. I was an elementary school librarian for years and years. I've been reading books nominated for the Cybils Awards for eleven of those years. I've read a lot of good books. The Day You Begin impressed me. It's the simple story, told in unrhymed...

    Finally had a chance to read this masterpiece several times this morning ?#heartprint ...

    This is going to be one of the most important books to have in your library, regardless of the ages you teach. ...

    "....where every new friend has something a little like you- and something else so fabulously not quite like you at all." In 'The Day You Begin' Jaqueline Woodson delivers a timely, impactful, universal and beautiful message. When current times are so overwhelmingly divisive and ful...

    This is a very sweet children?s book which would be great for kids who feel different from their peers in some way. It discusses what it can be like to feel like you?re different and like you?re an outsider, and how friendships can form through finding commonalities. ...

    Richie?s Picks: THE DAY YOU BEGIN by Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael López, ill., Nancy Paulsen Books, August 2018, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-399-24653-1 ?Be yourself. Free yourself.? -- Graham Nash (1971) ?There will be times when the words don?t come. Your own voice, once h...

    I had a chance to read this book at NErDCampMI and I am so happy I did! What an important book to have in my library. A look at how we feel when we don?t fit in, but also how important it is to be who we are, too. I can?t wait to share this book with teachers and students. ...

    With careful and evocative words, Woodson addresses a child's sense of being excluded, for any number of reasons, race, hair style, lunch ingredients, athletic ability, family life-style. More than half the book gives examples of not being like anyone else and I can picture young reade...

    Two words: Jacqueline Woodson. Getting along, being kind, inclusion. Need I say more? ...

    This book celebrates differences and the importance of sharing YOUR personal story in order to let others in to your world and appreciate who YOU are. ...

    One of the best picture books of 2018. Read this aloud to my fifth graders to kick off the school year. https://youtu.be/kMwQMHgVPnw ...

    First line: There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you. Is there anyone who has not felt that exact way at some point in their lives? This picture book just makes me happy. I love the message of being brave and taking the first steps into a p...

    With lyrical text and vibrant art, The Day You Begin is a celebration of connection with others once you muster up the courage to set things in motion. This picture book captures perfectly the sense of not belonging we've all felt at one point or another in our lives (at school or at a...

  • KC
    Sep 16, 2018

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books. This is book #15 (of 20) of 2018, a book written by a well-known and lauded author, illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Lyra takes the lead in the defense of this book, and I take the prosecution. Lyra (11): 4.5 st...

    Gorgeous and sweet and affirming. Every child starting school should have a copy of this book! ...

    Another critical darling that didn't impress me. I've loved Jacqueline Woodson's previous picture books, but this one I did not like much. The language is poetic. The illustrations are nice. But it's very message-y. And it felt long. But the main problem I have with it is the way the n...

    Wonderful, wonderful story, and the illustrations are simply breathtaking. My 7 yr. old enjoyed this so much, and we had a great discussion about the meaning behind the storyline as we read it together. We'll definitely read this many times. Great bedtime and classroom read!! ...

    Wow. Powerful and perfect. A beautifully illustrated and told story of encouragement and empowerment for kids who feel different from others, one that urges them to tell their stories and lift their voices. ...

    It's not easy to impress me. I was an elementary school librarian for years and years. I've been reading books nominated for the Cybils Awards for eleven of those years. I've read a lot of good books. The Day You Begin impressed me. It's the simple story, told in unrhymed...

    Finally had a chance to read this masterpiece several times this morning ?#heartprint ...

    This is going to be one of the most important books to have in your library, regardless of the ages you teach. ...

    "....where every new friend has something a little like you- and something else so fabulously not quite like you at all." In 'The Day You Begin' Jaqueline Woodson delivers a timely, impactful, universal and beautiful message. When current times are so overwhelmingly divisive and ful...

    This is a very sweet children?s book which would be great for kids who feel different from their peers in some way. It discusses what it can be like to feel like you?re different and like you?re an outsider, and how friendships can form through finding commonalities. ...

    Richie?s Picks: THE DAY YOU BEGIN by Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael López, ill., Nancy Paulsen Books, August 2018, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-399-24653-1 ?Be yourself. Free yourself.? -- Graham Nash (1971) ?There will be times when the words don?t come. Your own voice, once h...

    I had a chance to read this book at NErDCampMI and I am so happy I did! What an important book to have in my library. A look at how we feel when we don?t fit in, but also how important it is to be who we are, too. I can?t wait to share this book with teachers and students. ...

    With careful and evocative words, Woodson addresses a child's sense of being excluded, for any number of reasons, race, hair style, lunch ingredients, athletic ability, family life-style. More than half the book gives examples of not being like anyone else and I can picture young reade...

    Two words: Jacqueline Woodson. Getting along, being kind, inclusion. Need I say more? ...

  • Beth Honeycutt
    Oct 06, 2018

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books. This is book #15 (of 20) of 2018, a book written by a well-known and lauded author, illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Lyra takes the lead in the defense of this book, and I take the prosecution. Lyra (11): 4.5 st...

    Gorgeous and sweet and affirming. Every child starting school should have a copy of this book! ...

    Another critical darling that didn't impress me. I've loved Jacqueline Woodson's previous picture books, but this one I did not like much. The language is poetic. The illustrations are nice. But it's very message-y. And it felt long. But the main problem I have with it is the way the n...

    Wonderful, wonderful story, and the illustrations are simply breathtaking. My 7 yr. old enjoyed this so much, and we had a great discussion about the meaning behind the storyline as we read it together. We'll definitely read this many times. Great bedtime and classroom read!! ...

    Wow. Powerful and perfect. A beautifully illustrated and told story of encouragement and empowerment for kids who feel different from others, one that urges them to tell their stories and lift their voices. ...

    It's not easy to impress me. I was an elementary school librarian for years and years. I've been reading books nominated for the Cybils Awards for eleven of those years. I've read a lot of good books. The Day You Begin impressed me. It's the simple story, told in unrhymed...

    Finally had a chance to read this masterpiece several times this morning ?#heartprint ...

    This is going to be one of the most important books to have in your library, regardless of the ages you teach. ...

    "....where every new friend has something a little like you- and something else so fabulously not quite like you at all." In 'The Day You Begin' Jaqueline Woodson delivers a timely, impactful, universal and beautiful message. When current times are so overwhelmingly divisive and ful...

    This is a very sweet children?s book which would be great for kids who feel different from their peers in some way. It discusses what it can be like to feel like you?re different and like you?re an outsider, and how friendships can form through finding commonalities. ...

    Richie?s Picks: THE DAY YOU BEGIN by Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael López, ill., Nancy Paulsen Books, August 2018, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-399-24653-1 ?Be yourself. Free yourself.? -- Graham Nash (1971) ?There will be times when the words don?t come. Your own voice, once h...

    I had a chance to read this book at NErDCampMI and I am so happy I did! What an important book to have in my library. A look at how we feel when we don?t fit in, but also how important it is to be who we are, too. I can?t wait to share this book with teachers and students. ...

    With careful and evocative words, Woodson addresses a child's sense of being excluded, for any number of reasons, race, hair style, lunch ingredients, athletic ability, family life-style. More than half the book gives examples of not being like anyone else and I can picture young reade...

    Two words: Jacqueline Woodson. Getting along, being kind, inclusion. Need I say more? ...

    This book celebrates differences and the importance of sharing YOUR personal story in order to let others in to your world and appreciate who YOU are. ...

    One of the best picture books of 2018. Read this aloud to my fifth graders to kick off the school year. https://youtu.be/kMwQMHgVPnw ...

    First line: There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you. Is there anyone who has not felt that exact way at some point in their lives? This picture book just makes me happy. I love the message of being brave and taking the first steps into a p...

    With lyrical text and vibrant art, The Day You Begin is a celebration of connection with others once you muster up the courage to set things in motion. This picture book captures perfectly the sense of not belonging we've all felt at one point or another in our lives (at school or at a...

    I liked this book and the illustrations were lovely, rendered in acrylic paint, pen, ink, pencil and watercolors. I am not sure, however, that I liked the author switching from child to child, instead of just following one child. ...

    How could this book be anything but amazing! I?d add it to a list of picture books to share with students while talking about theme or acceptance. ...

  • Gretchen Taylor
    Sep 09, 2018

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books. This is book #15 (of 20) of 2018, a book written by a well-known and lauded author, illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Lyra takes the lead in the defense of this book, and I take the prosecution. Lyra (11): 4.5 st...

    Gorgeous and sweet and affirming. Every child starting school should have a copy of this book! ...

    Another critical darling that didn't impress me. I've loved Jacqueline Woodson's previous picture books, but this one I did not like much. The language is poetic. The illustrations are nice. But it's very message-y. And it felt long. But the main problem I have with it is the way the n...

    Wonderful, wonderful story, and the illustrations are simply breathtaking. My 7 yr. old enjoyed this so much, and we had a great discussion about the meaning behind the storyline as we read it together. We'll definitely read this many times. Great bedtime and classroom read!! ...

    Wow. Powerful and perfect. A beautifully illustrated and told story of encouragement and empowerment for kids who feel different from others, one that urges them to tell their stories and lift their voices. ...

    It's not easy to impress me. I was an elementary school librarian for years and years. I've been reading books nominated for the Cybils Awards for eleven of those years. I've read a lot of good books. The Day You Begin impressed me. It's the simple story, told in unrhymed...

    Finally had a chance to read this masterpiece several times this morning ?#heartprint ...

    This is going to be one of the most important books to have in your library, regardless of the ages you teach. ...

    "....where every new friend has something a little like you- and something else so fabulously not quite like you at all." In 'The Day You Begin' Jaqueline Woodson delivers a timely, impactful, universal and beautiful message. When current times are so overwhelmingly divisive and ful...

    This is a very sweet children?s book which would be great for kids who feel different from their peers in some way. It discusses what it can be like to feel like you?re different and like you?re an outsider, and how friendships can form through finding commonalities. ...

    Richie?s Picks: THE DAY YOU BEGIN by Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael López, ill., Nancy Paulsen Books, August 2018, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-399-24653-1 ?Be yourself. Free yourself.? -- Graham Nash (1971) ?There will be times when the words don?t come. Your own voice, once h...

    I had a chance to read this book at NErDCampMI and I am so happy I did! What an important book to have in my library. A look at how we feel when we don?t fit in, but also how important it is to be who we are, too. I can?t wait to share this book with teachers and students. ...

    With careful and evocative words, Woodson addresses a child's sense of being excluded, for any number of reasons, race, hair style, lunch ingredients, athletic ability, family life-style. More than half the book gives examples of not being like anyone else and I can picture young reade...

    Two words: Jacqueline Woodson. Getting along, being kind, inclusion. Need I say more? ...

    This book celebrates differences and the importance of sharing YOUR personal story in order to let others in to your world and appreciate who YOU are. ...

    One of the best picture books of 2018. Read this aloud to my fifth graders to kick off the school year. https://youtu.be/kMwQMHgVPnw ...

    First line: There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you. Is there anyone who has not felt that exact way at some point in their lives? This picture book just makes me happy. I love the message of being brave and taking the first steps into a p...

    With lyrical text and vibrant art, The Day You Begin is a celebration of connection with others once you muster up the courage to set things in motion. This picture book captures perfectly the sense of not belonging we've all felt at one point or another in our lives (at school or at a...

    I liked this book and the illustrations were lovely, rendered in acrylic paint, pen, ink, pencil and watercolors. I am not sure, however, that I liked the author switching from child to child, instead of just following one child. ...

    How could this book be anything but amazing! I?d add it to a list of picture books to share with students while talking about theme or acceptance. ...

    Giving this to my teachers to read on the first day of school. ...

    Top of my favorite book list ? my kids loved it, and it?s making its rounds with my colleagues, too. MASTERPIECE. Top of my favorite book list ?? my kids loved it, and it?s making its rounds with my colleagues, too. MASTERPIECE. ...more ...

  • Kate
    Oct 10, 2018

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books. This is book #15 (of 20) of 2018, a book written by a well-known and lauded author, illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Lyra takes the lead in the defense of this book, and I take the prosecution. Lyra (11): 4.5 st...

    Gorgeous and sweet and affirming. Every child starting school should have a copy of this book! ...

    Another critical darling that didn't impress me. I've loved Jacqueline Woodson's previous picture books, but this one I did not like much. The language is poetic. The illustrations are nice. But it's very message-y. And it felt long. But the main problem I have with it is the way the n...

    Wonderful, wonderful story, and the illustrations are simply breathtaking. My 7 yr. old enjoyed this so much, and we had a great discussion about the meaning behind the storyline as we read it together. We'll definitely read this many times. Great bedtime and classroom read!! ...

    Wow. Powerful and perfect. A beautifully illustrated and told story of encouragement and empowerment for kids who feel different from others, one that urges them to tell their stories and lift their voices. ...

    It's not easy to impress me. I was an elementary school librarian for years and years. I've been reading books nominated for the Cybils Awards for eleven of those years. I've read a lot of good books. The Day You Begin impressed me. It's the simple story, told in unrhymed...

    Finally had a chance to read this masterpiece several times this morning ?#heartprint ...

    This is going to be one of the most important books to have in your library, regardless of the ages you teach. ...

    "....where every new friend has something a little like you- and something else so fabulously not quite like you at all." In 'The Day You Begin' Jaqueline Woodson delivers a timely, impactful, universal and beautiful message. When current times are so overwhelmingly divisive and ful...

    This is a very sweet children?s book which would be great for kids who feel different from their peers in some way. It discusses what it can be like to feel like you?re different and like you?re an outsider, and how friendships can form through finding commonalities. ...

  • Stephanie Anze
    Nov 09, 2018

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books. This is book #15 (of 20) of 2018, a book written by a well-known and lauded author, illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Lyra takes the lead in the defense of this book, and I take the prosecution. Lyra (11): 4.5 st...

    Gorgeous and sweet and affirming. Every child starting school should have a copy of this book! ...

    Another critical darling that didn't impress me. I've loved Jacqueline Woodson's previous picture books, but this one I did not like much. The language is poetic. The illustrations are nice. But it's very message-y. And it felt long. But the main problem I have with it is the way the n...

    Wonderful, wonderful story, and the illustrations are simply breathtaking. My 7 yr. old enjoyed this so much, and we had a great discussion about the meaning behind the storyline as we read it together. We'll definitely read this many times. Great bedtime and classroom read!! ...

    Wow. Powerful and perfect. A beautifully illustrated and told story of encouragement and empowerment for kids who feel different from others, one that urges them to tell their stories and lift their voices. ...

    It's not easy to impress me. I was an elementary school librarian for years and years. I've been reading books nominated for the Cybils Awards for eleven of those years. I've read a lot of good books. The Day You Begin impressed me. It's the simple story, told in unrhymed...

    Finally had a chance to read this masterpiece several times this morning ?#heartprint ...

    This is going to be one of the most important books to have in your library, regardless of the ages you teach. ...

    "....where every new friend has something a little like you- and something else so fabulously not quite like you at all." In 'The Day You Begin' Jaqueline Woodson delivers a timely, impactful, universal and beautiful message. When current times are so overwhelmingly divisive and ful...

  • Julie Kirchner
    Jul 12, 2018

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books. This is book #15 (of 20) of 2018, a book written by a well-known and lauded author, illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Lyra takes the lead in the defense of this book, and I take the prosecution. Lyra (11): 4.5 st...

    Gorgeous and sweet and affirming. Every child starting school should have a copy of this book! ...

    Another critical darling that didn't impress me. I've loved Jacqueline Woodson's previous picture books, but this one I did not like much. The language is poetic. The illustrations are nice. But it's very message-y. And it felt long. But the main problem I have with it is the way the n...

    Wonderful, wonderful story, and the illustrations are simply breathtaking. My 7 yr. old enjoyed this so much, and we had a great discussion about the meaning behind the storyline as we read it together. We'll definitely read this many times. Great bedtime and classroom read!! ...

    Wow. Powerful and perfect. A beautifully illustrated and told story of encouragement and empowerment for kids who feel different from others, one that urges them to tell their stories and lift their voices. ...

    It's not easy to impress me. I was an elementary school librarian for years and years. I've been reading books nominated for the Cybils Awards for eleven of those years. I've read a lot of good books. The Day You Begin impressed me. It's the simple story, told in unrhymed...

    Finally had a chance to read this masterpiece several times this morning ?#heartprint ...

    This is going to be one of the most important books to have in your library, regardless of the ages you teach. ...

    "....where every new friend has something a little like you- and something else so fabulously not quite like you at all." In 'The Day You Begin' Jaqueline Woodson delivers a timely, impactful, universal and beautiful message. When current times are so overwhelmingly divisive and ful...

    This is a very sweet children?s book which would be great for kids who feel different from their peers in some way. It discusses what it can be like to feel like you?re different and like you?re an outsider, and how friendships can form through finding commonalities. ...

    Richie?s Picks: THE DAY YOU BEGIN by Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael López, ill., Nancy Paulsen Books, August 2018, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-399-24653-1 ?Be yourself. Free yourself.? -- Graham Nash (1971) ?There will be times when the words don?t come. Your own voice, once h...

    I had a chance to read this book at NErDCampMI and I am so happy I did! What an important book to have in my library. A look at how we feel when we don?t fit in, but also how important it is to be who we are, too. I can?t wait to share this book with teachers and students. ...

  • Rebecca Caufman
    Sep 19, 2018

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books. This is book #15 (of 20) of 2018, a book written by a well-known and lauded author, illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Lyra takes the lead in the defense of this book, and I take the prosecution. Lyra (11): 4.5 st...

    Gorgeous and sweet and affirming. Every child starting school should have a copy of this book! ...

    Another critical darling that didn't impress me. I've loved Jacqueline Woodson's previous picture books, but this one I did not like much. The language is poetic. The illustrations are nice. But it's very message-y. And it felt long. But the main problem I have with it is the way the n...

    Wonderful, wonderful story, and the illustrations are simply breathtaking. My 7 yr. old enjoyed this so much, and we had a great discussion about the meaning behind the storyline as we read it together. We'll definitely read this many times. Great bedtime and classroom read!! ...

    Wow. Powerful and perfect. A beautifully illustrated and told story of encouragement and empowerment for kids who feel different from others, one that urges them to tell their stories and lift their voices. ...

    It's not easy to impress me. I was an elementary school librarian for years and years. I've been reading books nominated for the Cybils Awards for eleven of those years. I've read a lot of good books. The Day You Begin impressed me. It's the simple story, told in unrhymed...

    Finally had a chance to read this masterpiece several times this morning ?#heartprint ...

    This is going to be one of the most important books to have in your library, regardless of the ages you teach. ...

    "....where every new friend has something a little like you- and something else so fabulously not quite like you at all." In 'The Day You Begin' Jaqueline Woodson delivers a timely, impactful, universal and beautiful message. When current times are so overwhelmingly divisive and ful...

    This is a very sweet children?s book which would be great for kids who feel different from their peers in some way. It discusses what it can be like to feel like you?re different and like you?re an outsider, and how friendships can form through finding commonalities. ...

    Richie?s Picks: THE DAY YOU BEGIN by Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael López, ill., Nancy Paulsen Books, August 2018, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-399-24653-1 ?Be yourself. Free yourself.? -- Graham Nash (1971) ?There will be times when the words don?t come. Your own voice, once h...

    I had a chance to read this book at NErDCampMI and I am so happy I did! What an important book to have in my library. A look at how we feel when we don?t fit in, but also how important it is to be who we are, too. I can?t wait to share this book with teachers and students. ...

    With careful and evocative words, Woodson addresses a child's sense of being excluded, for any number of reasons, race, hair style, lunch ingredients, athletic ability, family life-style. More than half the book gives examples of not being like anyone else and I can picture young reade...

    Two words: Jacqueline Woodson. Getting along, being kind, inclusion. Need I say more? ...

    This book celebrates differences and the importance of sharing YOUR personal story in order to let others in to your world and appreciate who YOU are. ...

  • Sonia Allison
    Aug 27, 2018

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books. This is book #15 (of 20) of 2018, a book written by a well-known and lauded author, illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Lyra takes the lead in the defense of this book, and I take the prosecution. Lyra (11): 4.5 st...

    Gorgeous and sweet and affirming. Every child starting school should have a copy of this book! ...

    Another critical darling that didn't impress me. I've loved Jacqueline Woodson's previous picture books, but this one I did not like much. The language is poetic. The illustrations are nice. But it's very message-y. And it felt long. But the main problem I have with it is the way the n...

    Wonderful, wonderful story, and the illustrations are simply breathtaking. My 7 yr. old enjoyed this so much, and we had a great discussion about the meaning behind the storyline as we read it together. We'll definitely read this many times. Great bedtime and classroom read!! ...

    Wow. Powerful and perfect. A beautifully illustrated and told story of encouragement and empowerment for kids who feel different from others, one that urges them to tell their stories and lift their voices. ...

    It's not easy to impress me. I was an elementary school librarian for years and years. I've been reading books nominated for the Cybils Awards for eleven of those years. I've read a lot of good books. The Day You Begin impressed me. It's the simple story, told in unrhymed...

    Finally had a chance to read this masterpiece several times this morning ?#heartprint ...

    This is going to be one of the most important books to have in your library, regardless of the ages you teach. ...

    "....where every new friend has something a little like you- and something else so fabulously not quite like you at all." In 'The Day You Begin' Jaqueline Woodson delivers a timely, impactful, universal and beautiful message. When current times are so overwhelmingly divisive and ful...

    This is a very sweet children?s book which would be great for kids who feel different from their peers in some way. It discusses what it can be like to feel like you?re different and like you?re an outsider, and how friendships can form through finding commonalities. ...

    Richie?s Picks: THE DAY YOU BEGIN by Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael López, ill., Nancy Paulsen Books, August 2018, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-399-24653-1 ?Be yourself. Free yourself.? -- Graham Nash (1971) ?There will be times when the words don?t come. Your own voice, once h...

    I had a chance to read this book at NErDCampMI and I am so happy I did! What an important book to have in my library. A look at how we feel when we don?t fit in, but also how important it is to be who we are, too. I can?t wait to share this book with teachers and students. ...

    With careful and evocative words, Woodson addresses a child's sense of being excluded, for any number of reasons, race, hair style, lunch ingredients, athletic ability, family life-style. More than half the book gives examples of not being like anyone else and I can picture young reade...

    Two words: Jacqueline Woodson. Getting along, being kind, inclusion. Need I say more? ...

    This book celebrates differences and the importance of sharing YOUR personal story in order to let others in to your world and appreciate who YOU are. ...

    One of the best picture books of 2018. Read this aloud to my fifth graders to kick off the school year. https://youtu.be/kMwQMHgVPnw ...

    First line: There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you. Is there anyone who has not felt that exact way at some point in their lives? This picture book just makes me happy. I love the message of being brave and taking the first steps into a p...

    With lyrical text and vibrant art, The Day You Begin is a celebration of connection with others once you muster up the courage to set things in motion. This picture book captures perfectly the sense of not belonging we've all felt at one point or another in our lives (at school or at a...

    I liked this book and the illustrations were lovely, rendered in acrylic paint, pen, ink, pencil and watercolors. I am not sure, however, that I liked the author switching from child to child, instead of just following one child. ...

    How could this book be anything but amazing! I?d add it to a list of picture books to share with students while talking about theme or acceptance. ...

    Giving this to my teachers to read on the first day of school. ...

    Top of my favorite book list ? my kids loved it, and it?s making its rounds with my colleagues, too. MASTERPIECE. Top of my favorite book list ?? my kids loved it, and it?s making its rounds with my colleagues, too. MASTERPIECE. ...more ...

    The Day You Begin is an illustrated prose poem by Jacqueline Woodson about loneliness, strength, identity, and friendship. The day you begin is ostensibly the day when a young girl from another country beginning school, and the setting remains mostly inside a classroom full of young pe...

    Just like every other Jacqueline Woodson book - picture book, middle grade, teen, adult - this one went straight to the characters' hearts, and mine. ...

    shall gives where like and not tree and water standing and move humdililuh wish of peace coulds deseo friends way we say for name uncatches us here see freeds ...

  • Kate Foran
    Sep 26, 2018

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books. This is book #15 (of 20) of 2018, a book written by a well-known and lauded author, illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Lyra takes the lead in the defense of this book, and I take the prosecution. Lyra (11): 4.5 st...

    Gorgeous and sweet and affirming. Every child starting school should have a copy of this book! ...

    Another critical darling that didn't impress me. I've loved Jacqueline Woodson's previous picture books, but this one I did not like much. The language is poetic. The illustrations are nice. But it's very message-y. And it felt long. But the main problem I have with it is the way the n...

    Wonderful, wonderful story, and the illustrations are simply breathtaking. My 7 yr. old enjoyed this so much, and we had a great discussion about the meaning behind the storyline as we read it together. We'll definitely read this many times. Great bedtime and classroom read!! ...

    Wow. Powerful and perfect. A beautifully illustrated and told story of encouragement and empowerment for kids who feel different from others, one that urges them to tell their stories and lift their voices. ...

    It's not easy to impress me. I was an elementary school librarian for years and years. I've been reading books nominated for the Cybils Awards for eleven of those years. I've read a lot of good books. The Day You Begin impressed me. It's the simple story, told in unrhymed...

    Finally had a chance to read this masterpiece several times this morning ?#heartprint ...

    This is going to be one of the most important books to have in your library, regardless of the ages you teach. ...

    "....where every new friend has something a little like you- and something else so fabulously not quite like you at all." In 'The Day You Begin' Jaqueline Woodson delivers a timely, impactful, universal and beautiful message. When current times are so overwhelmingly divisive and ful...

    This is a very sweet children?s book which would be great for kids who feel different from their peers in some way. It discusses what it can be like to feel like you?re different and like you?re an outsider, and how friendships can form through finding commonalities. ...

    Richie?s Picks: THE DAY YOU BEGIN by Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael López, ill., Nancy Paulsen Books, August 2018, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-399-24653-1 ?Be yourself. Free yourself.? -- Graham Nash (1971) ?There will be times when the words don?t come. Your own voice, once h...

    I had a chance to read this book at NErDCampMI and I am so happy I did! What an important book to have in my library. A look at how we feel when we don?t fit in, but also how important it is to be who we are, too. I can?t wait to share this book with teachers and students. ...

    With careful and evocative words, Woodson addresses a child's sense of being excluded, for any number of reasons, race, hair style, lunch ingredients, athletic ability, family life-style. More than half the book gives examples of not being like anyone else and I can picture young reade...

    Two words: Jacqueline Woodson. Getting along, being kind, inclusion. Need I say more? ...

    This book celebrates differences and the importance of sharing YOUR personal story in order to let others in to your world and appreciate who YOU are. ...

    One of the best picture books of 2018. Read this aloud to my fifth graders to kick off the school year. https://youtu.be/kMwQMHgVPnw ...

    First line: There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you. Is there anyone who has not felt that exact way at some point in their lives? This picture book just makes me happy. I love the message of being brave and taking the first steps into a p...

    With lyrical text and vibrant art, The Day You Begin is a celebration of connection with others once you muster up the courage to set things in motion. This picture book captures perfectly the sense of not belonging we've all felt at one point or another in our lives (at school or at a...

    I liked this book and the illustrations were lovely, rendered in acrylic paint, pen, ink, pencil and watercolors. I am not sure, however, that I liked the author switching from child to child, instead of just following one child. ...

    How could this book be anything but amazing! I?d add it to a list of picture books to share with students while talking about theme or acceptance. ...

    Giving this to my teachers to read on the first day of school. ...

    Top of my favorite book list ? my kids loved it, and it?s making its rounds with my colleagues, too. MASTERPIECE. Top of my favorite book list ?? my kids loved it, and it?s making its rounds with my colleagues, too. MASTERPIECE. ...more ...

    The Day You Begin is an illustrated prose poem by Jacqueline Woodson about loneliness, strength, identity, and friendship. The day you begin is ostensibly the day when a young girl from another country beginning school, and the setting remains mostly inside a classroom full of young pe...

    Just like every other Jacqueline Woodson book - picture book, middle grade, teen, adult - this one went straight to the characters' hearts, and mine. ...

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    A very ?messagey? book. It?s poetic, the pictures are lovely too, but it feels like those heavy handed messagey kids books that adults love and kids are ?meh? about. It doesn?t have a plot exactly?just many vignettes of different children being ostracized for their di...