A. E. Ali is a writer based in California. Her favorite day of the year is Eid al-Fitr. Rahele Jomepour Bell is an illustrator of picture books. She culturally is from Iran and happily enjoys adding American culture to her origin. She believes all people share a common home in planet Earth, but may differ in their skin color, way of life, and their thinking. She loves these differences and believes this is what makes the world a beautiful place to live.
Praise for Our Favorite Day of the Year RECEIVED FIVE STARRED REVIEWS! * This celebration of diversity and friendship includes lush descriptions of each holiday and can serve as an entry point for any one of them. Bell's textured illustrations are festive and youthful, picturing a diverse, child-centered world...The dual focus on friendship and diversity makes this choice a winner. -Kirkus Reviews, starred * A comforting story that will help build bridges among children of different backgrounds and faiths. -School Library Journal, starred * The highlight of this earnest celebration-of festivities, varied family configurations, and friendship-is Bell's art, created using digital brushes and scanned, hand-painted textures, which feature intricate patterns and endearing portraits of the students. -Publishers Weekly, starred * Gorgeously inviting illustrations and a joyful theme will likely make Our Favorite Day of the Year kindergarten classrooms' favorite book of the year...This lovely book is the consummate first day read for preschool or kindergarten. -Shelf Awareness, starred * Readers will revel in this openhearted look at how friendships are easy to form when everyone is willing to share and rejoice in what makes each person unique. -BookPage, starred An abundance of skin tones, body types, and facial features adds to the diversity in this vibrantly colorful, happy book. -Booklist