My First Day

My First Day, by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page, was a nominee for the 2014-15 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

My First Day takes a look at what animals do on their first day of life. Some animals, like the Siberian tiger, emperor penguin, or sifaka (a type of lemur), rely on their parents to care for them for a while. Others, like the capybara, leatherback turtle, or kiwi, are on their own almost immediately. Many other animals are somewhere in between.

With interesting text, colorful pictures, and further information at the back of the book, My First Day is an excellent book for readers who love animals, especially baby animals. Many of the animals depicted aren’t well known, so this book could serve as a starting point for more in-depth research.

This book is a welcome addition to collections focused on animal studies and will surely be a hit as a read-aloud with many young students.


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