An Institute of
The Day You Begin

Author: Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael López
Call No: PZ7 WooJ

This is a picture book for the moments when we feel out of place and unsure of ourselves in a new environment. Told through free verse, Woodson introduces a diverse cast of students who learn to share their unique stories with a gentle nudge from the teacher. The book’s bright and warm illustrations encourage us as readers to find the courage to share stories and form connections, even when we feel different and alone. This simple yet poignant story is a reminder that each child is different, and how teachers can be the subtle, driving force in cultivating a classroom of inclusivity and mutual respect.