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Daniel's Good Day

(Daniel Finds a Poem #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  543 ratings  ·  119 reviews
Daniel finds the poetry in the everyday activities of his own neighborhood, in this companion to Ezra Jack Keats Award winner Daniel Finds a Poem.

The people in Daniel's neighborhood always say, "Have a good day!" But what exactly is a good day? Daniel is determined to find out, and as he strolls through his neighborhood, he finds a wonderful world full of answers as varied
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by Nancy Paulsen Books
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Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
On Daniel's walk through the city to his grandma's house, he asks his friends and neighbors what makes a day good-- and each has an answer like a daily act of kindness or luck, such as friendly faces, birthdays, or a strong wind for your kite. This sweet book has vibrant, bold, textured illustrations that are busy with lots to look at, while eagerly welcoming you in. Daniel's Good Day reminds us of the simple pleasures in our daily lives, taking a moment to appreciate them. A wonderful gem. ...more
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A book that explores being present to daily life and gratitude through Daniel asking his community members what makes a good day for them. Just might leave you feeling like you, too, are having a good day by reading this book or by noticing some other small moment.
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Peter from The Snowy Day and Daniel would be BFFs for sure.
Patience K Phillips
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Penguin kids on Instagram read this. Who says we're ever too old to be read to is clueless of its joy at any age. Especially for an aspiring children’s series writer 😊

What I like most about Micha Archer’s Daniel’s Good Day besides being read to (giggles) are a few things. The well thought out illustrations. Daniel’s search for a collective query of ways to see ”What makes a good day for you?”. The inquisitive nature of gathering perspectives could be useful when teaching the meaning of empathy.
A delightful progression story.
Ms. B
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, picture
There's something special in this story about young Daniel who asks all his neighbors, "What makes a good day for you?" If you're looking for a mentor text about gratitude, this is perfect. ...more
Michele Knott
Daniel is back (Daniel Finds a Poem) and he's off exploring his neighborhood again. This time he is asking the question what makes a good day? Everyone seems to have a different answer, but readers will understand the connections. For example, a girl who is getting ready to fly her kite in the park is looking for a steady wind. The bus driver is hoping for a please and a thank-you. Daniel's grandmother wants a hug from her grandson. And it's with these simple answers that a wonderful classroom d ...more
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Upon waking in the morning, we have no idea the course our day will take. Each morning is a new beginning, an opportunity to embrace the positive. Sure, we have certain expectations, maybe even plans, but those can change in a blink of an eye.

Perhaps the path followed through the hours is more about finding one single, simple thing to bring us joy. Daniel's Good Day (Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, May 14, 2019) written and illustrated by Micha Archer is about a litt
What does it mean to have a good day? Daniel is determined to find out so he asks each person he meets. According to his neighbors it's clear skies, a steady wind, bees on flowers, please and thank-yous, birthdays or hugs. Daniel watches and notices all these things and reports that it is a very good day.

I love that it is simple things...and that Daniel is paying attention to notice all of the good things around him. If we all paid attention, we would probably have more good days!
Love the richness and depth of the illustrations, the message is delightful.
Erin Buhr
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books
The vibrant collage illustrations are what first grab you about this book. The textured feel immerses you in Daniel's world and the colors capture a brilliant Spring day. The concept here is a simple one - what makes a good day? I like the way Daniel seeks out answers from different people and in doing so encourages us all to look beyond ourselves and see different perspectives. It focuses on the simple things that bring us joy in every day life - a beautiful idea in today's hectic, often negati ...more
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Grades K-2
This book has lovely illustrations and a great concept. It is warm and fun. Kids will love all the ideas of what makes a good day for each person. I love the ending. It is well-done. Highly recommended for Grades K-2.
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Daniel is on a quest to figure out what a good day is and gets different answers from the people he meets.
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
When Daniel walks to his Grandma’s house, many of his neighbors tell him to “Have a good day!” So Daniel decides to find out what makes a good day for some of the people he meets. Mrs. Sanchez, who paints houses, has a good day when the skies are clear so that she can paint. Emma has her kite along and a good day is one with a steady wind. Some people want a shady bench, others for their little ones to take a nap, The bus driver wants a please and thank you, while the gardener is looking for bee ...more
Laurie Hnatiuk
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture
A young boy named Daniel wants to find out what a good day means after hearing people say to one another "Have a good day." As he wanders his neighbourhood looking for answers to his questions he discovers many different answers. Everyone is looking at something different due to their circumstances -the crossing guards wants everyone to get home safe, the gardener wants bees on the flowers while a nanny wants long naps. At the end of the book as mom asks him if he had a good day he replies that ...more
Daniel is curious to know what makes a good day. On his way to his grandma's house, he asks his neighbors. I like that each of them has a positive, hopeful answer for him - the painter hoping for a clear day, the older couple hoping for a park bench in the shade, the bus driver hoping for kind words. Each of these people are aware that sometimes they don't get what they're hoping for, but they continue looking for these things cheerfully. This would be a great book to share with young readers to ...more
A beautiful follow-up to "Daniel Finds a Poem." Daniel walks to his grandma's house, and his neighbors say "Have a good day!" "What makes a good day for you?" he asks. On the walk home with grandma, he is delighted to see that, according to their wishes, everyone is having a good day. The happy urban neighborhood and the kaleidoscope of colorful detail reminded me of "A Chair For My Mother." I also appreciated the diverse families, how young Daniel's mother and grandmother appeared (often visual ...more
Daniel's back, this time after being wished a good day by his mother, he begins to wonder what a good day is to others as he walks to his grandmother's. He finds that Emma thinks a good day means a strong wind for kite flying. For the bus driver, a good day means pleases and thank-yous. There are others met and asked and the gathering makes a poem at the end, "Daniel's Good Day"! I imagine a class of students writing and illustrating their own 'good day', perhaps making a class poem? Micha Arche ...more
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read for Mock Caldecott Awards voting. This is a lovely book illustrated with vibrant pictures of a beautiful day in one little boy's neighborhood. As he takes his morning walk he asks various people what would make a good day for them. He receives a variety of different answers and when all added together it appears that it also makes a good day for him. What a wonderful look at a day in the life where a child can go out exploring and enjoying life with fear of danger. ...more
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Childrens picture book. "Have a good day," is a greeting often said as one leaves one place. But what makes a good day? Daniel, a young boy that lives in a diverse community, asks that of people he encounters while walking. The painter likes clear skies, the baker likes birthdays, the nanny likes it when the babies nap. Beautiful and bright collage illustrations are the background to this simple story of everyday life. ...more
Abby Johnson
Daniel has a good day as he walks to his grandmother's house and asks everyone in his neighborhood what makes a good day for them. The baker says "Birthdays", the bus driver says "pleases and thank-yous", etc. On the way back, Daniel notices that it's been a good day for everyone in his neighborhood, which makes it a good day for him, too. This is a sweet neighborhood story with realistic cut-paper collage illustrations. Pair with other neighborhood stories like Madlenka or The Snowy Day. ...more
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Beautiful illustrations, diverse characters, a theme of relationships between a boy and his family/neighbors are contained in this book. Reading this book with my grandson and having the character in this book visiting his grandmother was an added bonus. I liked how the author included various individuals found in a neighborhood--this picture book would be great to use with younger students who are studying communities.
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Everyone in Daniel's neighborhood always say "Have A Good Day". Daniel is determined to find out what a good day to people mean. On his way to his grandmother's house everyone he asks gives a different response. Daniel discovers that there are so many ways to have a good day. When he returns home after having a good day himself, his day becomes perfect in the end. ...more
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
a story about Daniel and his supportive neighbors as he walks to his grandmother's house alone and circles as he brings her back with him to his home. Colorful illustrations and Daniel recounts all the things that happened along the way and how he is home safe. Idyllic neighborhood where he feels safe and happy endings are common. ...more
Sharla Desy
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
So often we say or hear "have a good day" and think nothing of it. Daniel, the little boy in this book, wonders what makes a good day. He asks neighbors, relatives and members of his community. Everybody has a different answer.

I think this book would be a wonderful opening for conversations about gratitude, kindness and/or empathy.
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it
A positive little story about what makes a good day and manages to not get too corny about it. Would be great in the classroom for kids to then write about and illustrate what makes a good day for them.
Love the independence demonstrated as this young child walks to Grandma's and speaks with all his neighbors. Kids today need more of this kind of message that they are capable of the same kind of independence we experienced as children. ...more
Alyssa Gudenburr
This picture book is about how a boy named Daniel tries to learn the meaning of "a good day." When he asks people in his community he finds that everyone's version of a good day is different. This would make a great read aloud for younger elementary children. ...more
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
What makes a good day for you? This is the question that Daniel poses to the people he meets along the way.

The variety of responses are wonderfully specific and cause the reader to comprehend the why for every unique person. The images are beautifully done and add to the story.
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
A sweet story about learning to really see and appreciate all the wonders around you. I loved the illustrations that were bright and engaging...something new to discover every time you read the book.
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