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“There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you.” So begins Jacqueline Woodson’s newest picture book The Day You Begin. We all know the feeling of being different and how it separates us. It might be our skin color or our hair or our size or role. And it’s not only children who feel this way.

Universal too is the reality that when one person reaches out, a bridge is built, commonalities are found, and friendships grow. Raphael Lopez’s illustrations support Woodson’s words, the combination rich with imagination and meaning. 

Although a beautiful picture book for one’s personal collection, The Day You Begin is also a great addition to a classroom or school library. Ages 6 and up. (Nancy Paulsen Books)

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