One HEAF, One Book: In Conversation with Jacqueline Woodson

This summer all of our students are reading Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.

Brown Girl Dreaming tells the story of Woodson’s childhood, in verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, she always felt halfway home in each place. In these 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 my growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. It also reflects the joy that Woodson had in finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the writer she was to become.

On Monday, July 27th, Jacqueline will join us in a virtual conversation about the book, herself, and answer our students burning questions!



Monday, July 27, 2020
3:00 PM



*Zoom link will be provided after registering.

Jacqueline Woodson is the recipient of the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award, the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and the 2018 Children’s Literature Legacy Award, and she was the 2018–2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Her New York Times bestselling memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, won the National Book Award, as well as the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor, and the NAACP Image Award. She also wrote the adult books Red at the Bone, a New York Times bestseller, and Another Brooklyn, a 2016 National Book Award finalist. Her dozens of books for young readers include New York Times bestseller Harbor Me, Newbery Honor winners Feathers, Show Way, and After Tupac and D Foster, and the picture books Each Kindness and The Day You Begin, which both won the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award.