The Day You Begin

Author(s):  Jacqueline Woodson

Illustrator:  Rafael López

Award(s):  2019, Winner Book for Younger Children

Suggested Ages:  Award Year 2019Broadening outlook to appreciate a variety of cultures

Publisher:  Coming soon!

Publish Date:  Coming soon!


The Day You Begin, written by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael López, and published by Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, is the Winner in the Books for Younger Children category. The Day You Begin ​demonstrates the power of sharing stories to break down barriers and build community​. The Selection Committee noted that “the lovely, lyrical lilt of Woodson’s unrhymed verse cradles young readers as they bear witness to explicit othering.”

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