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The Day You Begin

    Written by Jacqueline Woodson

Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Reader's Group 2018

There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you.

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 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.

Also available in a simultaneous Spanish translation

El Día En Que Descubres Quién Eres

#1 New York Times Children's Picture Books Bestseller



The incomparable Woodson and López extend a reassuring hand in this verbally and visually poetic book.

The New York Times


A must-have book about the power of one's voice and the friendships

that emerge when you are yourself.

 Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

 Woodson’s gentle, lilting story and López’s artistry create a stirring portrait of the courage it takes to be oneself…

 Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

  Begs to be read aloud…This masterful story deserves a place in every library.

 School Library Journal, Starred Review

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