Published by Salaam Reads
Summary: On Musa’s first day of kindergarten, his teacher, Ms. Gupta, tells the kids that the first day of school is her favorite day of the year, and announces that they will be sharing their favorite days for show and tell throughout the year. A few weeks later, Musa is excited to tell his classmates about Eid al-Fitr. As the year goes along, the other boys at his table get to share Rosh Hashanah, Las Posadas, and Pi Day. When the rest of the kids learn about the food and fun associated with each of these events, they understand why it is that boy’s favorite day. At the end of the year, Ms. Gupta gives them a calendar with all their favorite holidays so that they continue to celebrate even when they’re no longer in a class together. Includes a bit more information on each of the holidays mentioned in the story. 40 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: This would make a great first day of school book, and Ms. Gupta’s idea is a fun one for encouraging her students to learn about each other’s cultures. The kids in the illustrations are adorable, and the endpapers feature a striking patchwork quilt with patterns and symbols from a wide variety of cultures.
Cons: What kindergartener’s favorite day of the year is Pi Day?