Our Favorite Day of the Year
By Diondra Brown,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Warm celebration of various cultures' holidays, traditions.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Children will learn more about, or be introduced to holidays such as Eid al-Fitr and Pi Day. The book also includes important vocabulary words associated with various holidays, like "malawax" and "piñata."
It's fun to make new friends, and learn from them. Everyone's family celebrates holidays in their own unique and equally important way. Our differences and similarities can help us bond with one another.
Positive Role Models
Ms. Gupta serves as a positive role model, as she encourages her students to be friends and share their unique celebrations with each other throughout the year. Musa, Moisés, Mo, and Kevin are positive role models as they embrace one another's cultures and traditions. They also appreciate learning new things.
The book is full of diverse representation. Characters of different ages, races, and religions are featured. Their similarities and differences are celebrated.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A.E. Ali's Our Favorite Day of the Year is a sweet and warmhearted picture book that celebrates holidays of various cultures, including Eid al-Fitr, Rosh Hashanah, and Las Posadas. The story honors various celebrations from around the world from kids' perspectives. Bright colors and diverse characters quickly engage young readers. It's a special read that helps readers reflect on their own favorite day of the year, and how they celebrate it.
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What's the Story?
OUR FAVORITE DAY OF THE YEAR transports readers to Ms. Gupta's classroom on the first day of school. As students are weary about making new friends, she shares that they will have special show and tell presentations throughout the year, where they will each share their favorite day of the year with the class. Musa, Moisés, Mo, and Kevin are seemingly different but form a strong friendship as they each share special traditions from their family's celebrations. As the year progresses they teach their classmates about Eid al-Fitr, Rosh Hashanah, Las Posadas, and Pi Day.
Is It Any Good?
This is a charming celebration of kids' appreciation for their favorite holidays. Our Favorite Day of the Year is rich in diversity and themes of friendship and compassion. The book's portrayal of kids' interest in learning from one another and forming genuine connections is important and timely. Rahele Jomepour Bell's bright illustrations are captivating and realistically display the characters' emotions. It's a lovely read for children and adults alike.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how Our Favorite Day of the Year highlights lots of holidays. What's your favorite holiday in the book? Why? Do you, or anyone you know celebrate this holiday?
What's your favorite day of the year? Name three special things you like to do on this day?
Ms. Gupta's favorite day of the year is the first day of school. Do you like the first day of school? Why or why not?
Do you wish your classroom could have "Favorite Day of the Year" celebrations? Which holidays would you like to learn more about? Why?
- Author: A.E. Ali
- Illustrator: Rahele Jomepour Bell
- Genre: Picture Book
- Topics: Cooking and Baking, Friendship, Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models, Holidays
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Salaam Reads
- Publication date: June 30, 2020
- Number of pages: 40
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: April 5, 2022
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