Today I Will

Today I Will : A Year of Quotes, Notes, and Promises to Myself

By (author) Eileen Spinelli , By (author) Jerry Spinelli , Illustrated by Julia Rothman

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"Reassuring advice for every day of the year" From an esteemed husband-and-wife team comes a book of daily advice and insight. In dated entries meant to be read one per day, the Spinellis open with a brief quote from children's literature, write a paragraph of lively advice inspired by that quote, and end with a "Today I will . . ." promise. The entries range from the broad (self-esteem, the environment, gratitude, and openmindedness) to the simple and specific (Today I will call a grandparent . . . smile at a new kid . . . take a walk . . . and send a snail-mail letter.). With wide appeal to fans of both children's literature and advice books, this cozy page-a-day volume (with black-and-white spot art) offers inspiring quotes, gentle guidance, and 366 "Today I will . . ." promises to thoughtful readers everywhere.

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  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 130 x 182 x 34mm | 399.16g
  • 15 Dec 2009
  • Alfred A. Knopf
  • New York
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0375840575
  • 9780375840579
  • 710,952

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Jerry Spinelli, Newbery Medalist, is the author of many award-winning books for young readers. Eileen Spinelli, author and poet, has published close to 50 books. You can learn more about them at,, and

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Reviewed by Melanie Foust for

In TODAY I WILL, each day has a page dedicated to it, full of all kinds of things like being a good friend, following your dreams, the importance of taking responsibility for your own actions, and so much more. Each entry starts off with a quote from a book. Then comes a few sentences expounding upon the quote, showing how it could possibly apply to the reader's life. Each page also has an illustration of some sort. The illustrations were great! I think this book is perfect for older children and younger teens. Each day's page is short, quick, and to the point, making it easy to read, and only takes up a few minutes each day. It is an ideal book for anyone looking for a way to start every day right. TODAY I WILL would make a great more
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