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Jacqueline Woodson

Biography

Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson Is an American writer of books for children and adolescents. She is best known for MIRACLE'S BOYS, which won the Coretta Scott King Award in 2001, and her Newbery Honor-winning titles BROWN GIRL DREAMING, AFTER TUPAC & D FOSTER, FEATHERS, and SHOW WAY. Her work is filled with strong African-American themes, generally aimed at a young adult audience.

For her lifetime contribution as a children's writer, Woodson won the Margaret Edwards Award in 2005 and she was the U.S. nominee for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2014. IBBY named her one of six Andersen Award finalists on March 17, 2014. She won the National Book Award in 2014 in the category of "Young People's Literature" for BROWN GIRL DREAMING.

Jacqueline Woodson

Books by Jacqueline Woodson

by Jacqueline Woodson - African American Interest, Fiction, Literary Fiction

Running into a long ago friend sets memory in motion for August, a woman who once lived in a Brooklyn where friendship was everything --- until it wasn’t anymore. For August and her girls, Brooklyn was a place where they believed as they walked the streets and confided in each other, that they were beautiful, talented, brilliant --- a part of a future that belonged to them. But beneath the veneer, there was another Brooklyn, a dangerous place where men reached for them in dark hallways, where ghosts haunted their nights and mothers disappeared. A world where madness was just a sunset away and fathers found hope in religion. 

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.

by Jacqueline Woodson - Young Adult 12+

Laurel Daneau is still reeling from the losses she endured during Hurricane Katrina. When her new boyfriend introduces her to meth, she spirals into addiction. But as she slowly becomes a shell of her former self, she longs to become whole again.

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