Cover image for My day, your day
My day, your day
Ballard, Robin.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Greenwillow Books, [2001]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm
Children have a busy day at day care while their parents have a busy day at work.

Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Little Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

On Order



Some (young) people spend their days at day care. Some (slightly older) people spend their days at work. And despite the difference in their ages, what they do can be surprisingly similar. Whether you are a kid or a grown-up, you may build, or read, or paint, or plant seeds, or attend a meeting. How you spend your day matters. And it's nice to know that the people you love may be doing a lot of the same things you are doing! Sharing this book with a child is almost as good as spending the day together.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-5. Parents bring their children to day care, and then, while the kids are busy through the day, their parents are at work doing very similar things. On each left-hand page is the day-care activity with one child center stage. On the opposite page are three frames of that child's parent at work. Like preschoolers, grown-ups are building with blocks (on a work site), playing outside (coaching football), making pictures (in an artist's studio), working with trucks (delivering mail), reading (and doing research), and more. The cast is diverse and so are the gender roles in Ballard's clear, bright ink-and watercolor pictures. Some of the pages may be too crowded for the young day-care audience, though it does help that parent and child wear the same color clothes. This is a book for adults to share and talk about with kids, who will appreciate the connection between their imaginative play, their daily routine, and grown-up business. --Hazel Rochman

Publisher's Weekly Review

Ballard (Tonight and Tomorrow) effectively and inventively draws parallels between the routines of parent and child in this upbeat picture book. "My day is at day care. Your day is at work," begins a preschooler narrator on the opening page. "Bye-bye. See you later." What follows are 10 pairs of correspondingÄbut not identicalÄactivities of various children at day care and their parents at their jobs. To add some texture to the straightforward premise, Ballard shows the children in single-page, full-bleed scenes on the left, and depicts the adult counterpart (with a nearly identical likeness to the child) in three-panel scenes, comic book-style. While life at day care is reassuringly familiar (building blocks, circle time, lunch), Ballard finds some ingenious vocational pairings: for "circle time," an executive mommy readies for a meeting, greets the participants and then holds forth at a round table. A happy calm pervades both the succinct text and warmly hued watercolor and ink drawings, and parents and children reunite in a final scene. Ages 4-up. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-A group of contented-looking children settles in for a busy day at day care, while their parents rush off to their jobs. The left-hand side of each double-page spread illustrates the different activities going on in the classroom, while the right side contains three smaller illustrations showing a particular dad or mom at work. There is a nice correlation between the actions of the children and those of the adults. As the youngsters build with blocks, a father works at a construction site. When they gather for circle time, a mother runs a meeting around a conference table. Lunchtime is balanced with pictures of a chef preparing a meal, and time in the bathroom is paired with a look at what a plumber does. The last page shows parents and children happily reunited. Done in pen and ink and watercolors, the cartoon artwork is colorful and pleasing. Adults and their offspring are clothed in the same shade, making it easy for readers to match up family members. The familiar routines and terminology will strike a chord with day-care veterans, and the simple text and appealing illustrations may help demystify the experience for novices. This book could also be used as a discussion starter about occupations.-Joy Fleishhacker, formerly at School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.