Our Favorite Day of the Year
Our Favorite Day of the Year

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Annotation: A heartwarming picture book following a group of boys from different backgrounds throughout the school year as they become the best of friends.
Catalog Number: #219712
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 1-481-48563-6 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-8410-X
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-481-48563-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-8410-8
Dewey: E
Language: English
ALA Booklist
It's the first day of kindergarten, and Musa is skeptical when his teacher tells the children to look around at the faces in the room, as they "will become your closest friends this year." Musa sits with Moises, Mo, and Kevin, who are all just as dubious. The teacher's plan for them is to share their favorite day of the year and celebrate it with the class. Musa and his mother decorate the classroom for Eid and tell everyone what it's all about. Mo goes next, sharing honey-dipped apples and challah for Rosh Hashanah. Moises shares about Las Posadas, and Kevin's scientific family celebrates Pi Day th pie, of course. An abundance of skin tones, body types, and facial features adds to the diversity in this vibrantly colorful, happy book. At the end of a year of celebrations, Musa admits that his teacher was right d he has the memories and friendships to prove it.
School Library Journal Starred Review
PreS-Gr 4 On the first day of kindergarten, Musa is surprised to hear from his new teacher that he will become good friends with the children in his class. She knows what she's talking about, structuring her classroom to embrace the differences among all students. One way the children become closer is by sharing their favorite day of the year. Each child believes his or her favorite day is the most special, but everyone is willing to learn about another culture, the associated foods, and the special traditions--all while sharing in the joy their classmate feels for the day. Musa explains why his favorite day is the Muslim holiday of Eid Mubarak, while Mo shares why he loves Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Moises celebrates the nine days of Las Posadas for his Christmas tradition, while Kevin talks about his family's love of science and their celebration of Pi Day, when his family learns about scientists and their discoveries. The celebrations profiled in the book are less about religion than family traditions and connections, and the year concludes with the teacher showcasing all these favorite days in calendars she passes out to the class. Colorful, charming illustrations show a diverse classroom where learning is thoughtful but also energetic and filled with music, dancing, and eating. VERDICT A comforting story that will help build bridges among children of different backgrounds and faiths. Sally James, South Hillsborough Elementary School, Hillsborough, CA
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School Library Journal Starred Review (5/1/20)
ALA Booklist (4/1/20)
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2
Lexile: AD580L

A heartwarming picture book following a group of boys from different backgrounds throughout the school year as they become the best of friends.

Musa’s feeling nervous about his first day of school. He’s not used to being away from home and he doesn’t know any of the other kids in his class. And when he meets classmates Moisés, Mo, and Kevin, Musa isn’t sure they’ll have much in common. But over the course of the year, the four boys learn more about each other, the holidays they celebrate, their favorite foods, and what they like about school. The more they share with each other, the closer they become, until Musa can’t imagine any better friends.

In this charming story of friendship and celebrating differences, young readers can discover how entering a new friendship with an open mind and sharing parts of yourself brings people together. And the calendar of holidays at the end of the book will delight children as they identify special events they can celebrate with friends throughout the year.

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