Today Is for You!

by Sally Lloyd-Jones (Author) Kevin Waldron (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Sheer exuberance fills the pages of this picture book celebration of the promise every day brings.

Where will you go on those traveling feet?
Who will you love? Who will you meet?
Be a little seed. Get carried away!
Go WILD into the brand-new day.

From the bustle of the morning to the quiet of bedtime, every new day is filled with possibility. Follow a group of children as they find fun at every turn--dancing, playing games, picnicking, reading a book, climbing a mountain, or just shouting out their enthusiasm to the world. Sally Lloyd-Jones's upbeat text integrates with Kevin Waldron's high-energy mixed-media illustrations for a story that exudes unabashed joy.

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Kirkus Reviews

An enthusiastic reminder to rejoice in being yourself every single day.

Publishers Weekly

"Be who you are. And be that the most," large purple letters proclaim toward the start of Lloyd-Jones's exuberant declarative poem about living life to its fullest. Variants on a refrain loosely map the course of the day: "Hello! Good morning!/ (And how do you do?)/ Clap clap/ your hands/ today is for you!" as text urges the energetic appreciation of every moment ("Throw your arms open/ Stand up free and tall./ And love the world--/ Yes, love it all!"). Alongside giant graphical text, poster-like mixed-media artwork by Waldron depicts semi-silhouetted kids of varied abilities and skin tones approaching their nature-filled day with apparent enthusiasm, from morning until bedtime. One child plays guitar, a dozen cartwheel and climb a tree, and so on, lending the work an idyllic vibe reminiscent of "Free to Be... You and Me" and Oh, the Places You'll Go! Ages 3-7. (Feb.)

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Sally Lloyd-Jones
Sally Lloyd-Jones is the author of several children's books, including His Royal Highness, King Baby, illustrated by David Roberts; Skip to the Loo, My Darling!, illustrated by Anita Jeram; and How to Be a Baby . . . by Me, the Big Sister, illustrated by Sue Heap. Sally Lloyd-Jones lives in New York City.

Kevin Waldron is the author-illustrator of Panda-monium at Peek Zoo, among other books for children. He lives in New York City.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Candlewick Press (MA)
Publication date
February 20, 2024
BISAC categories
JUV001000 - Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
JUV010000 - Juvenile Fiction | Bedtime & Dreams
JUV057000 - Juvenile Fiction | Stories in Verse (see also Poetry)
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
Stories in rhyme

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