The day you begin / Jacqueline Woodson ; illustrated by Rafael López.

By: Woodson, Jacqueline [author.]Contributor(s): López, Rafael, 1961- [illustrator.]Material type: TextTextDescription: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cmContent type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780399246531; 0399246533; 9781524741754; 1524741752Subject(s): Individuality -- Juvenile fiction | Immigrant children -- Juvenile fiction | School children -- Juvenile fiction | Individuality -- Fiction | Immigrants -- Fiction | Schools -- Fiction | Friendship -- Fiction | JUVENILE FICTION -- Social Issues -- Emotions & Feelings | JUVENILE FICTION -- Social Issues -- Prejudice & Racism | JUVENILE FICTION -- Social Issues -- Friendship | Immigrant children | Individuality | School children | Individuality -- Juvenile fiction | Immigrants -- Juvenile fiction | Schools -- Juvenile fiction | Friendship -- Juvenile fiction | Individuality -- Fiction | Immigrants -- Fiction | School stories | Friendship -- FictionGenre/Form: Picture books for children. | Juvenile works. | Fiction. | Picture books. | Fiction. | Juvenile works. | Picture books. | Juvenile fiction.DDC classification: 813 LOC classification: PZ7.W868 | Day 2018PZ7.W868 | D39 2018Other classification: JUV039050 | JUV039120 | JUV039060 Awards: ALSC Notable Children's Book, 2019 | BCCB Blue Ribbons: Picture Books, 2018 | Charlotte Zolotow Award Highly Commended Title, 2019 | Chicago Public Library Best Picture Books, 2018 | CSMCL Best Books, 2018 | Monarch Award Master List, 2020 | NCTE Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children Recommended Book, 2019 | Publisher's Weekly Best Picture Books, 2018 | School Library Journal's Best Books, 2018Summary: Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.Summary: There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you. There are lots of 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. Whatever it is, it's not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody knows you, but somehow you do it. Jacqueline Woodson's lyrical text and Rafael López's dazzling art celebrate the bravery it takes to go forth even when you feel like an outsider. And they remind us that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our story, others will be happy to meet us halfway. -- From dust jacket.
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Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.

There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you. There are lots of 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. Whatever it is, it's not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody knows you, but somehow you do it. Jacqueline Woodson's lyrical text and Rafael López's dazzling art celebrate the bravery it takes to go forth even when you feel like an outsider. And they remind us that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our story, others will be happy to meet us halfway. -- From dust jacket.

AD980L Lexile.

ALSC Notable Children's Book, 2019

BCCB Blue Ribbons: Picture Books, 2018

Charlotte Zolotow Award Highly Commended Title, 2019

Chicago Public Library Best Picture Books, 2018

CSMCL Best Books, 2018

Monarch Award Master List, 2020

NCTE Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children Recommended Book, 2019

Publisher's Weekly Best Picture Books, 2018

School Library Journal's Best Books, 2018

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School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-A beautiful and inclusive story that encourages children to find the beauty in their own lives and share it with the world. A young girl with brown skin and curly black hair stays home through the summer to watch over her younger sister while her classmates travel to distant lands. A young boy from Venezuela arrives in his new school and finds the children in his class do not speak his language. Another child brings a lunch that her classmates find too strange while another isn't physically able to keep up with the play of other children. Each child feels very alone until they begin to share their stories and discover that it is nearly always possible to find someone a little like you. López's vibrant illustrations bring the characters' hidden and unspoken thoughts to light with fantastic, swirling color. Shifting hues and textures across the page convey their deep loneliness and then slowly transition into bright hopeful possibilities. Full-bleed illustrations on every page are thick with collaged patterns and textures that pair perfectly with melodic prose that begs to be read aloud. Though the story focuses on four singular experiences, there's an essential acknowledgment that everyone will experience a time when no one is quite like them, when they can't find their voice, or when they feel very alone. Woodson's superlative text sees each character turns that moment of desolation into an opportunity to be brave and find hope in what they have in common. VERDICT This masterful story deserves a place in every library.-Laken Hottle, Providence Community Library © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Jacqueline Woodson was born in Columbus, Ohio on February 12, 1963. She received a B.A. in English from Adelphi University in 1985. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a drama therapist for runaways and homeless children in New York City. Her books include The House You Pass on the Way, I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This, Lena, and The Day You Begin. She won the Coretta Scott King Award in 2001 for Miracle's Boys. After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way won Newbery Honors. Brown Girl Dreaming won the E. B. White Read-Aloud Award in 2015. Her other awards include the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. She was also selected as the Young People's Poet Laureate in 2015 by the Poetry Foundation.

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