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Jacqueline Woodson

Biography

Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is the bestselling author of more than two dozen award-winning books, including the 2016 New York Times bestselling National Book Award finalist for adult fiction, ANOTHER BROOKLYN. Among her many accolades, Woodson is a four-time National Book Award finalist, a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a two-time NAACP Image Award Winner, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. Her New York Times bestselling memoir, BROWN GIRL DREAMING, received the National Book Award in 2014. Woodson is also the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and the recipient of the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the 2018 Children’s Literature Legacy Award. In 2015, she was named the Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. She lives with her family in New York.

Books by Jacqueline Woodson

by Jacqueline Woodson - Children's, Children's 10+, Culture, Family Life, Fiction

It all starts when six kids have to meet for a weekly chat --- by themselves, with no adults to listen in. There, in the room they soon dub the ARTT Room (short for "A Room to Talk"), they discover it's safe to talk about what's bothering them --- everything from Esteban's father's deportation and Haley's father's incarceration to Amari's fears of racial profiling and Ashton's adjustment to his changing family fortunes. When the six are together, they can express the feelings and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world. And together, they can grow braver and more ready for the rest of their lives.

by Jacqueline Woodson - African American Interest, Nonfiction, Poetry, Young Adult 10+

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Jacqueline Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world.

Written by Jacqueline Woodson, Illustrated by E. B. Lewis - Children's, Fiction, Teaching

Maya is the new girl at school, and she's different. So different that Chloe and her friends won't let Maya play with them, but when Maya stops coming to school, Chloe is sad she missed a chance to show a little kindness.

written by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E. B. Lewis