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by Jacqueline Woodson




Featured in its own episode in the Netflix original show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices!


National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner Rafael López have teamed up to create a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone.


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


There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it's how you look or talk, or where you're from; maybe it's what you eat, or something just as random. It's not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it. 


Jacqueline Woodson's lyrical text and Rafael López's dazzling art reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes-and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway.


(This book is also available in Spanish, as El Día En Que Descubres Quién Eres!)


The Day You Begin

SKU: 9780399246531
$18.99 Regular Price
$16.99Sale Price
  • Jacqueline Woodson is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming. Born in Columbus, Ohio, Jacqueline grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and Brooklyn, New York.  Her books include New York Times bestsellers The Day You Begin and Harbor Me; The Other Side, Each Kindness, Caldecott Honor book Coming On Home Soon; Newbery Honor winners Feathers, Show Way, and After Tupac and D Foster; and Miracle's Boys.  She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.


    Rafael López won Pura Belpré medals for Drum Dream Girl and Book Fiesta, and has also received three Pura Belpré honors, two Américas Book Awards, and the 2017 Tomás Rivera Children's Book Award and Society of Illustrators Original Art Silver Medal. His work has been featured in Communication Arts, American Illustration Annual, Graphic Design USA and Huffington Post.

  • ISBN-13: 9780399246531
    Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
    Publication date: 08/28/2018
    Pages: 32
    Age Range: 5 - 8 Years


    - Social Themes | Emotions & Feelings
    - Prejudice & Racism - Friendship
    - Emigration & Immigration - School & Education

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