My First Day by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page, 2013
“What did you do on your first day—the day you were born?”
So begins this delightful nonfiction picture book by the dynamic Caldecott Honor duo Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. Spotlighting twenty-two animals new and known to young readers, Jenkins and Page combine short, high-interest facts with charming torn and cut-paper collage illustrations to describe each animal’s first day of life.
What sets this book apart from other animal-centered titles is its frequent focus on the tender bond between newborns and their mothers. As each animal describes its first day, often with the repeated refrain of “On my first day,” a sweetly nurturing relationship is regularly revealed. Indeed, although four of the newborns are on their own from birth, the emphasis here is on the majority who enjoy the loving care of a parent.
With its focus on baby animals, this title is sure to appeal to young audiences. Readers interested in learning more about each animal will be happy to discover additional facts in the final pages of the book. Whether reading independently or while cuddled up with a loved one, this gem of a book is sure to entertain and inform readers of all ages!