Woodson, Jacqueline

The Day You Begin

(2) K-3 Illustrated by Rafael López. Venezuelan immigrant Rigoberto looks crestfallen when the class laughs at his name; other classmates feel left out when friends make fun of their lunch foods. And the (unnamed) African American protagonist has trouble finding her voice when her classmates recount their summer vacations until she realizes books have afforded her boundless travel. Woodson's story about feeling like an outcast values literacy, reading, and imagination. López's illustrations feature vivid, brilliant colors.


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