The Day You Begin

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson is a delightful read aloud for the early days of school. A young girl adjusts to school, where she feels no one is quite like her. The book gives examples of how young students might feel different based on their clothes, hair, a way of talking, perceived athletic ability, lunch choices, or even what they did over the summer. The fact the narrator spent the summer at home reading and caring for her little sister becomes a triumphant shout out to the power of stories to take a reader everywhere. The day you begin is the moment you realize that everyone is at least a little bit like you, and even better not like you at all. Endearing illustrations of a diverse community of children enhance the gentle messaging.