Written by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael Lopez, published by Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin
A beautiful book about entering spaces where you feel like you don’t belong. The Day You Begin touches the heart of what being out-of-place feels like, while shedding light on the possibility that opening up to others can indeed make a big difference.
The rhythmic text is complemented by beautiful pictures, creating an evocative book to soothe and reassure young readers. By allowing children to realise that they aren’t alone in their experiences, the book helps them feel seen and understood.
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