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“A must-have book about the power of one’s voice and the friendships that emerge when you are yourself.” –Kirkus Reviews

The Day You Begin

Written by Jacqueline Woodson
Illustrated by Rafael Lopez
Published by Nancy Paulsen Books

There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you. There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it’s how you look or talk, or where you’re from; maybe it’s what you eat, or something just as random. It’s not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it. Jacqueline Woodson’s lyrical text and Rafael Lopez’s dazzling art reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes-and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway.

Primary ISBN: 9780399246531

Available As: Hardcover, Audiobook
Picture Book, Age 06 or older

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Setting: United States

Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Immigrant

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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