Ladybug Nominee

The Day You Begin
Author: Jacqueline Woodson
Illustrator:  Rafael López 
ISBN: 978-0399246531
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books (August 28, 2018)

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.

About Jacqueline Woodson
Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’sLiterature.
Website: https://www.jacquelinewoodson.com/             

About Rafael López
Website: http://rafaellopez.com/   
Reading Rockets Interview: https://youtu.be/Bvy0UViYSXY

Big Ideas: Self-Esteem, Diversity


  • How do you feel when you are in a room of people that seem different than you?
  • What is something positive about yourself?
  • Talk about diversity and its meaning. What can we do to become a more inclusive community?

Vocabulary: Language, Fragile, Untraveled, Kimchi  
Places: Venezuela, France, India, Spain, Maine, South Carolina

Companion Titles:

  •  All are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold, Suzanne Kaufman (Knopf, 2018)
  • Elmer by David McKee (Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1968)
  • Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae; illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees (Orchard Books, 2001)
  •  Last Stop on Market Street words by Matt De La Peña; pictures by Christian Robinson (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2015)
  •  Lovely by Jess Hong (Creston Books, 2017)
  • Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall (Greenwillow Books, 2015)
  •  Same, Same but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw (Henry Holt, 2011)
  •  Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell; illustrated by David Catrow (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2001)
  • Stephanie’s Ponytail story by Robert Munsch; art by Michael Martchenko (Annick Press, 1996)
This is one of ten titles nominated for the 2019 Ladybug Picture Book Award. This info sheet post was created by Deborah Dutcher, Youth and Adult Services Librarian, NHSL and Karen Landsman,  Library Media/Tech Integration Specialist, Hooksett School District. 

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