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Jacqueline Woodson

Author of Brown Girl Dreaming

47+ Works 30,049 Members 3,019 Reviews 17 Favorited

About the Author

Jacqueline Woodson was born in Columbus, Ohio on February 12, 1963. She received a B.A. in English from Adelphi University in 1985. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a drama therapist for runaways and homeless children in New York City. Her books include The House You Pass on the show more Way, I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This, Lena, and The Day You Begin. She won the Coretta Scott King Award in 2001 for Miracle's Boys. After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way won Newbery Honors. Brown Girl Dreaming won the E. B. White Read-Aloud Award in 2015. Her other awards include the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. She was also selected as the Young People's Poet Laureate in 2015 by the Poetry Foundation. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by Jacqueline Woodson

Brown Girl Dreaming (2014) 4,433 copies
Locomotion (2003) 2,334 copies
The Other Side (2001) 2,098 copies
Feathers (2007) 1,872 copies
The Day You Begin (2018) 1,780 copies
Each Kindness (2012) 1,741 copies
Red at the Bone (2019) 1,387 copies
Another Brooklyn (2016) 1,346 copies
If You Come Softly (1998) 1,103 copies
Miracle's Boys (2000) 1,071 copies
Coming On Home Soon (2004) 1,013 copies
Hush (2002) 927 copies
Show Way (2005) 831 copies
After Tupac and D Foster (2008) 816 copies
Harbor Me (2018) 650 copies
Visiting Day (2002) 519 copies
Before the Ever After (2020) 488 copies
Pecan Pie Baby (2010) 444 copies
Peace, Locomotion (2009) 430 copies
Beneath a Meth Moon (2012) 398 copies
Last Summer with Maizon (1990) 375 copies
The Year We Learned to Fly (2022) — Author — 334 copies
Behind You (2004) 279 copies
Our Gracie Aunt (2002) 181 copies
Lena (1999) 160 copies
Maizon at Blue Hill (1992) 153 copies
Sweet, Sweet Memory (2000) 126 copies
The Dear One (1991) 124 copies
Between Madison and Palmetto (1993) 119 copies
The World Belonged to Us (2022) 110 copies
The Book Chase (1750) 69 copies
Remember Us (2023) 55 copies
Before Her (The One) (2019) 13 copies
Guys Read: The Distance (2012) 3 copies
De feu et d'or (2021) 1 copy

Associated Works

Am I Blue? Coming Out from the Silence (1994) — Contributor — 805 copies
Flying Lessons and Other Stories (2017) — Contributor — 576 copies
21 Proms (2007) — Contributor — 303 copies
The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to their Younger Selves (2012) — Contributor — 262 copies
A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader (2018) — Contributor — 234 copies
We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices (2018) — Contributor — 219 copies
How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity (2009) — Contributor — 218 copies
Guys Read: The Sports Pages (2012) — Contributor — 197 copies
Queer 13: Lesbian and Gay Writers Recall Seventh Grade (1998) — Contributor — 185 copies
How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation (2018) — Contributor — 166 copies
Sixteen: Stories About That Sweet and Bitter Birthday (2004) — Contributor — 164 copies
Afrekete: An Anthology of Black Lesbian Writing (1995) — Contributor — 145 copies
Tomorrowland: 10 Stories About the Future (1999) — Contributor — 125 copies
Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation (2017) — Contributor — 122 copies
The Color of Absence: 12 Stories About Loss and Hope (2001) — Contributor — 89 copies
Such a Pretty Face: Short Stories About Beauty (2007) — Contributor — 56 copies
I Believe in Water: Twelve Brushes with Religion (2000) — Contributor — 47 copies
Best African American Fiction (2009) (2009) — Contributor — 47 copies
Girls Got Game: Sports Stories and Poems (2001) — Contributor — 44 copies
Prejudice: A Story Collection (1995) — Contributor — 42 copies
Black Silk: A Collection of African American Erotica (2002) — Contributor — 30 copies

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This is was a unique book about a sixth grade girl and the way she views her life at school and home. Great representation of a deaf family member and their relationship. I would use in a class reading group or have in the class library for 4th and above.
 
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zrobinson | 107 other reviews | Apr 12, 2024 |
This book was used as a read aloud for a fifth grade class. We stopped often to discuss some very adult questions/themes/issues. Where was the parents? Why wouldn't they answer the door? Why were the children taken away from home? Why was Bebe reluctant to see Aunt Gracie?
Did the children realize they were neglected? How do you know? There is a lot to unpack here, and the book will promote empathy through both beautiful writing and illustrations.
 
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Chrissylou62 | 42 other reviews | Apr 11, 2024 |
This is the authors’ memoir written in verse as she grows up during the civil rights movement. This does a great job talking about heavy topics like racism, loss of family, and incarceration in a real but not extreme way. Love the way the author finds her strengths and weaknesses and finds a love for writing. I would use this in a book club format or as a whole class book as it is short enough in length but would be great for discussion. 5th grade and up.
 
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zrobinson | 371 other reviews | Apr 4, 2024 |
From Kirkus: "A poignant and achingly beautiful narrative shedding light on the price of a violent sport."
 
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Works
47
Also by
31
Members
30,049
Popularity
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Rating
4.2
Reviews
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ISBNs
600
Languages
11
Favorited
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