The Day You Begin
by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael Lopez
Nancy Paulsen Books, 2018
Jacqueline Woodson writes a deeply felt book on diversity as only she can.
Told in second person, the books speaks frankly to its readers about how “no one … is quite like you.” She shares many ways in which everyone is different from everyone else. She shows how her summer story of reading books to her sister can be just as wonderful as everyone else’s stories of summer travel. And it shows how even when you are excluded from teams and play, how you still have “your own brave self”. It ends with, “every … friend has something a little like you—and something else so fabulously not quite like you…” A book that speaks to the heart and gently enlightens and empowers the soul and imagination into a world of acceptance of differences. Beautiful story.