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.
This sweet back to school book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like acceptance and fitting in. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting figurative language as well as for /th/, /air/, /l/ and /t/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Day You Begin in speech therapy below: