The Day You Begin

By: Jaqueline Woodson BUY BOOK HERE

Wow. I read this to my students and could not hold it together. It is so powerful! I had tears streaming down my face while having the most special conversation with them afterwards. Being different and being brave and being kind to those with differences--please read this to every child you know.

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.

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