What Happens on Wednesdays

written by Emily Jenkins

Available at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Local Bookstore


  • A 2007 Parents’ Choice award
  • CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)
  • A Booklist Editors’ Choice
  • A 2008 Charlotte Zolotow Award (Highly Commended)
  • A Society of Illustrators Original Art Show Selection

A preschooler marks the progress of her day, not by the clock but by what happens after lunch, after nap, after swimming, after the library - and after Daddy comes home. She doesn't map her neighborhood by street signs, either. Her morning walk to see dogs in the park takes her past the cat outside the deli, past her friend Errolyn's building and the daycare where she used to go when she was little, and down the block to the bagel store. The sounds, tastes, smells, and sights of a multiethnic Brooklyn neighborhood, as seen through a child's eyes and captured with enchanting pictures by debut illustrator Lauren Castillo, will encourage children to make their own sensory maps and list the events in their daily schedules.
The voice is pitch perfect.
— The New York Times
Radiant mixed-media art by a debut illustrator captures the warmth and candor in Jenkins’s sparkling slice-of-life tale.
— Publishers Weekly, starred review
Finding the transcendent in the ordinary . . . The story’s central emotions about familial love and joyful, daily milestones will speak to children everywhere.
— Booklist, starred review
A preschooler’s ingenuouslength narration of her day is a catalogue of the sweetly ordinary sights and events that make up the lenght and breadth of her reassuringly stable world.
— Kirkus, starred review
Castillo’s slightly impressionistic mixed-media illustrations give viewers a real feel for the youngster’s Brooklyn neighborhood.
— School Library Journal
This gem of a read-aloud feels like a hug— and a kiss.
— The Sacramento Bee