this beautiful day

A day starts out gray and a group of siblings decide to make the best of it by going out and skipping, singing and whistling in the rain.  Their boundless mirth and merriment are infectious, others join in and eventually out comes the brilliant marigold sun.  Suzy Lee's line drawings are fresh and energetic and her palette evolves from grays and blues to include bright yellows and greens.  Along with Richard Jackson's simple but beautifully rhythmic and engaging text, our spirits are lifted by the end of the book.  The loveliest read for the gloomiest of days.

This Beautiful Day was written by Richard Jackson, long-time editor at Atheneum Books for Young Readers, illustrated by Suzy Lee and published by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books.