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Jacqueline Woodson

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Jacqueline Woodson (born February 12, 1963) is an American writer of books for children and adolescents. She is best known for Miracle's Boys, and her Newbery Honor-winning titles Brown Girl Dreaming, After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way. After serving as the Young People's Poet Laureate from 2015 to 2017, she was named the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, by the Library of Congress, for 2018–19. She was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2020. Early years Jacqueline Woodson was born in Columbus, Ohio, and lived in Nelsonville, Ohio, before her family moved south. During her early years she lived in Greenville, South Carolina, before moving to Brooklyn at about the age of seven. She also states where she lives in her autobiography, Brown Girl Dreaming. Writing career [I wanted] to write about communities that were familiar to me and people that were familiar to me. I wanted to write about communities of color. I wanted to write about girls. I wanted to write about friendship and all of these things that I felt like were missing in a lot of the books that I read as a child. After college, Woodson went to work for Kirchoff/Wohlberg, a children's packaging company. She helped to write the California standardized reading tests and caught the attention of Liza Pulitzer-Voges, a children's book agent at the same company. Although the partnership did not work out, it did get Woodson's first manuscript out of a drawer. She then enrolled in Bunny Gable's children's book writing class at The New School, where Bebe Willoughby, an editor at Delacorte, heard a reading from Last Summer with Maizon and requested the manuscript. Delacorte bought the manuscript, but Willoughby left the company before editing it and so Wendy Lamb took over and saw Woodson's first six books published. Inspirations Woodson's youth was split between South Carolina and Brooklyn. In her interview with Jennifer M. Brown she remembered: "The South was so lush and so slow-moving and so much about community. The city was thriving and fast-moving and electric. Brooklyn was so much more diverse: on the block where I grew up, there were German people, people from the Dominican Republic, people from Puerto Rico, African-Americans from the South, Caribbean-Americans, Asians."When asked to name her literary influences in an interview with journalist Hazel Rochman, Woodson responded: "Two major writers for me are James Baldwin and Virginia Hamilton. It blew me away to find out Virginia Hamilton was a sister like me. Later, Nikki Giovanni had a similar effect on me. I feel that I learned how to write from Baldwin. He was onto some future stuff, writing about race and gender long before people were comfortable with those dialogues. He would cross class lines all over the place, and each of his characters was remarkably believable. I still pull him down from my shelf when I feel stuck." Other early influences included Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye and Sula, and the work of Rosa Guy, as well as her high-school English teacher, Mr. Miller. Louise Meriwether was also named. Style As an author, Woodson's known for the detailed physical landscapes she writes into each of her books. She places boundaries everywhere—social, economic, physical, sexual, racial—then has her characters break through both the physical and psychological boundaries to create a strong and emotional story. She is also known for her optimism. She has said that she dislikes books that do not offer hope. She has offered the novel Sounder as an example of a "bleak" and "hopeless" novel. On the other hand, she enjoyed A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Even though the family was exceptionally poor, the characters experienced "moments of hope and sheer beauty". She uses this philosophy in her own writing, saying: "If you love the people you create, you can see the hope there."As a writer she consciously writes for a younger audience. There are authors who write about adolescence or from a youth's point of view, but their work is intended for adult audiences. Woodson writes about childhood and adolescence with an audience of youth in mind. In an interview on National Public Radio (NPR) she said, "I'm writing about adolescents for adolescents. And I think the main difference is when you're writing to a particular age group, especially a younger age group, you're — the writing can't be as implicit. You're more in the moment. They don't have the adult experience from which to look back. So you're in the moment of being an adolescent ... and the immediacy and the urgency is very much on the page, because that's what it feels like to be an adolescent. Everything is so important, so big, so traumatic. And all of that has to be in place for them." Teaching Woodson has, in turn, influenced many other writers, including An Na, who credits her as being her first writing teacher. She also teaches teens at the National Book Foundation's summer writing camp where she co-edits the annual anthology of their combined work. She was also a visiting fellow at the American Library in Paris in spring of 2017. Themes Some reviewers have labeled Woodson's writings as "issue-related", but she believes that her books address universal questions. She has tackled subjects that were not commonly discussed when her books were published, including interracial couples, teenage pregnancy and homosexuality. She often does this with sympathetic characters put into realistic situations. Woodson states that her interests lie in exploring many different perspectives through her writings, not in forcing her views onto others.Woodson has several themes that appear in many of her novels. She explores issues of gender, class and race as well as family and history. She is known for using these common themes in ground-breaking ways. While many of her characters are given labels that make them "invisible" to society, Woodson is most often writing about their search for self rather than a search for equality or social justice. Gender Only The Notebooks of Melanin Sun, Miracle's Boys and Locomotion are written from a male perspective. The rest of Woodson's works feature female narrators. However, her 2009 small story "Trev", published in How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity, features a transgender male narrator. African-American society and history Black women have been everywhere--building the railroads, cleaning the kitchens, starting revolutions, writing poetry, leading voter registration drives and leading slaves to freedom. We've been there and done that. I want the people who have come before me to be part of the stories that I'm telling, because if it weren't for them, I wouldn't be telling stories. In her 2003 novel, Coming on Home Soon, she explores both race and gender within the historical context of World War II.The Other Side is a poetic look at race through two young girls, one black and one white, who sit on either side of the fence that separates their worlds.In November 2014, Daniel Handler, the master of ceremonies at the National Book Awards, made a joke about watermelons when Woodson received an award. In a New York Times Op-Ed published shortly thereafter, "The Pain of the Watermelon Joke," Woodson explained that "in making light of that deep and troubled history" with his joke, Daniel Handler had come from a place of ignorance. She underscored the need for her mission to "give people a sense of this country's brilliant and brutal history, so no one ever thinks they can walk onto a stage one evening and laugh at another's too often painful past."Red at the Bone (2019), a novel, weaves together stories of three generations of one Black family, including the trauma resulting from the Tulsa Race Massacre and the September 11 attacks. Economic status The Dear One is notable for dealing with the differences between rich and poor within the black community. Sexual identity The House You Pass on the Way is a novel that touches on gay identity through the main characters of Staggerlee. Staggerlee knows who she is for the most part, but her friend Trout is struggling, conforming, trying to fit in somewhere. I wish I had had this book when I was a kid and trying to fit in while being a tomboy and so unfeminine. In The Dear One Woodson introduces a strongly committed lesbian relationship between Marion and Bernadette. She then contrasts it to the broken straight family that results in a teenager from Harlem named Rebecca moving in with them and their 12-year-old daughter, Feni. Critical response Last Summer with Maizon, Woodson's first book, was praised by critics for creating positive female characters and the touching portrayal of the close eleven-year-old friends. Reviewers also commented on its convincing sense of place and vivid character relationships. The next two books in the trilogy, Maizon at Blue Hill and Between Madison and Palmetto, were also well received for their realistic characters and strong writing style. The issues of self-esteem and identity are addressed throughout the three books. A few reviewers felt that there was a slight lack of focus as the trilogy touched lightly and quickly on too many different problems in too few pages. Announcing her as recipient of the ALA Margaret A. Edwards Award in 2006, the citation of the panel of librarians chair stated: "Woodson's books are powerful, groundbreaking and very personal explorations of the many ways in which identity and friendship transcend the limits of stereotype."In October 2020, Woodson won a MacArthur Fellowship, commonly known as a "Genius Grant." The MacArthur Foundation recognized her for "redefining children’s and young adult literature in works that reflect the complexity and diversity of the world we live in while stretching young readers’ intellectual abilities and capacity for empathy." Her books "evoke the hopefulness and power of human connection even as they tackle difficult issues." She has stated that she plans to use the grant money to expand Baldwin for the Arts, the residency program for people of color she founded. Censorship Some of the topics covered in Woodson's books raise flags for many censors. Homosexuality, child abuse, harsh language and other content have led to issues with censorship. In an interview on NPR Woodson said that she uses very few curse words in her books and that the issues adults have with her subject matter say more about what they are uncomfortable with than it does what their students should be thinking about. She suggests that people look at the various outside influences teens have access to today, then compare that to the subject matter in her books. Personal life Woodson lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with her partner Juliet Widoff, a physician. The couple have two children, a daughter named Toshi Georgianna and a son named Jackson-Leroi. Awards and honors Complete works Novels Middle grade titles Young adult titles Illustrated works Adaptations Film Filmmaker Spike Lee and others made Miracle's Boys into a miniseries, airing in 2005. Audio recordings I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This, Recorded Books, 1999 Lena, Recorded Books, 1999 Miracle's Boys, Listening Library, 2001 Locomotion, Recorded Books, 2003See also List of winners of the National Book AwardReferences External links Official website Jacqueline Woodson at glbtq.com If You Come Softly at Wikiquote Jacqueline Woodson Papers at the University of South Florida Jacqueline Woodson at Library of Congress Authorities — with 43 catalog records Appearances on C-SPAN

Show Way

Show Way

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Winner of a Newbery Honor!Soonie's great-grandma was just seven years old when she was sold to a big plantation without her ma and pa, and with only some fabric and needle...

Behind You

Behind You

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A moving story of love and loss from a three-time Newbery winning authorYou are so light you move with the wind and the snow. . . . And it lifts you up-over a world of ...

The Year We Learned to Fly

The Year We Learned to Fly

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Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael López's highly anticipated companion to their #1 New York Times bestseller The Day You Begin illuminates the power in each of us to face chall...

Fjädrar

Fjädrar

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Alldeles underbar och ett måste för alla bibliotek och skolbibliotek. Voya Frannie är en oförglömlig karaktär och berättelsen om henne ger oss alla hopp. Childrens literature Hopp...

El día en que descubres quién eres

El día en que descubres quién eres

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A veces, cuando por fin damos el paso, suceden cosas increíbles. Habrá veces en que entres a un lugar y no veas a nadie...

From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun

From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun

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Three-time Newbery Honor author Jacqualine Woodson explores race and sexuality through the eyes of a compelling narratorMelanin Sun has a lot to say. But sometimes it's ha...

Närmar du dig mjukt

Närmar du dig mjukt

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När Ellie och Jeremiah möts är det kärlek vid första ögonkastet och när de är ensamma är allt så enkelt, rent av magiskt. Men Ellie är en vit judinna och Jeremiah är svart och de...

Un autre Brooklyn

Un autre Brooklyn

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« La première fois que j’ai vu Sylvia, Angela et Gigi, ce fut au cours de cet été-là. Elles marchaient dans notre rue, en short et débardeur, bras dessus bras dessous, têtes rejeté...

Guys Read: The Distance

Guys Read: The Distance

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CJ just blew the half-mile relay for his track team, but the race on his mind is the one that's happening off the field in this short story from all-star author Jacqueline Woodson.

De feu et d'or

De feu et d'or

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« Chaque page, sublime, est une nouvelle révélation, un nouvel événement bouleversant, ou dévoile un nouveau souvenir. »Edwidge Danticat  Nous sommes en 2001, le soir d’une fê...

Between Madison and Palmetto

Between Madison and Palmetto

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Margaret and Maizon are back together on Madison Street, but their friendship is different now. Margaret needs more time alone, and it's not just the two of them any more-their new neighbor ...

Maizon at Blue Hill

Maizon at Blue Hill

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Maizon takes the biggest step in her life when she accepts a scholarship to boarding school and says good-bye to her grandmother and her best friend, Margaret. Blue Hill is beautiful, and ch...

Pecan Pie Baby

Pecan Pie Baby

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A sweet addition to the family is coming! Written by National Book Award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson. Illustrated by Caldecott Award-winning illustrator Sophie Blackall...

Locomotion

Locomotion

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Finalist for the National Book AwardWhen Lonnie was seven years old, his parents died in a fire. Now he's eleven, and he still misses them terribly. And he misses his litt...

Lena

Lena

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Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s LiteratureThe companion to the Coretta Scott King Honor-winning I Hadn't Meant to Tell You ...

Miracle's Boys

Miracle's Boys

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From a three-time Newbery Honor author, a novel that was awarded the 2001 Coretta Scott King award and the Los Angeles Times Book PrizeFor Lafayette and his brothers, the...

Peace, Locomotion

Peace, Locomotion

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The stunning companion to the National Book Award finalist--from a three-time Newbery Honor winning authorTwelve-year-old Lonnie is finally feeling at home with his foster...

Each Kindness

Each Kindness

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WINNER OF A CORETTA SCOTT KING HONOR AND THE JANE ADDAMS PEACE AWARD! Each kindness makes the world a little better This unforgettable book is written and illustrated...

Um outro Brooklyn

Um outro Brooklyn

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Augusta, antropóloga formada por uma prestigiada universidade, volta a sua casa para o funeral do pai. Coincidentemente, seu trabalho de pesquisa acadêmica centra-se em rituais funerários...

If You Come Softly

If You Come Softly

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A lyrical story of star-crossed love perfect for readers of The Hate U Give, by National Ambassador for Children’s Literature Jacqueline Woodson--now celebrating its twentieth an...

Genom märg och ben

Genom märg och ben

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"En mästerlig släktkrönika." Ingalill Mosander, Aftonbladet "Hjärtskärande om USA:s blodiga historia." Svenska Dagbladet På sin sextonårsdag skrider Melody ner för trapporna i sina...

The House You Pass On The Way

The House You Pass On The Way

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A lyrical coming-of-age story from a three-time Newbery Honor winning authorThirteen-year-old Staggerlee used to be called Evangeline, but she took on a fiercer name. She'...

This Is the Rope

This Is the Rope

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The story of one family’s journey north during the Great Migration starts with a little girl in South Carolina who finds a rope under a tree one summer. She has no idea the rope will becom...

Before the Ever After

Before the Ever After

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WINNER OF THE NAACP IMAGE AWARDWINNER OF THE CORETTA SCOTT KING AUTHOR AWARD National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson's sti...

Red at the Bone

Red at the Bone

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR "A spectacular novel that only this legend can pull off." -...

El mundo era nuestro

El mundo era nuestro

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Two children’s book superstars join forces to celebrate the joy and freedom of summer in the city, which is gloriously captured in Jacqueline Woodson’s rhythmic text and Leo Espinosa...

Guys Read: The Sports Pages

Guys Read: The Sports Pages

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The Sports Pages, the third volume in Jon Scieszka's Guys Read Library of Great Reading, features ten short stories guaranteed to put you in the ring, under the basket, and right behind...

Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl Dreaming

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A New York Times Bestseller and National Book Award Winner Jacqueline Woodson, the acclaimed author of Red at the Bone, tells the moving...

Visiting Day

Visiting Day

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In this moving picture book from multi-award winning author Jacqueline Woodson, a young girl and her grandmother prepare for a very special day--the one day a month they get to visit th...

Sixteen

Sixteen

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Dating! Drama! Driving! Remember what it was like to be sixteen? Whether it was the year your teeth were finally free of braces or the year you were discovered by the opp...

Beneath a Meth Moon

Beneath a Meth Moon

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Laurel Daneau has moved on to a new life, in a new town, but inside she's still reeling from the loss of her beloved mother and grandmother after Hurricane Katrina washed away their home. La...

Coming on Home Soon

Coming on Home Soon

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Ada Ruth's mama must go away to Chicago to work, leaving Ada Ruth and Grandma behind. It's war time, and women are needed to fill the men's jobs. As winter sets in, Ada Ruth and her grandma ...

The Day You Begin

The Day You Begin

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A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!Featured in its own episode in the Netflix original show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices!Nation...

Another Brooklyn

Another Brooklyn

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A Finalist for the 2016 National Book AwardNew York Times Bestseller A SeattleTimes pick for Summer Reading Roundup 2017The acclaimed New York Times ...

If You Come Softly

If You Come Softly

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A lyrical story of star-crossed love perfect for readers of The Hate U Give, by National Ambassador for Children’s Literature Jacqueline Woodson--now celebrating its twentieth an...

After Tupac & D Foster

After Tupac & D Foster

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A Newbery Honor BookThe day D Foster enters Neeka and her best friend’s lives, the world opens up for them. Suddenly they’re keenly aware of things beyond their block ...

El año en que aprendimos a volar

El año en que aprendimos a volar

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Los creadores del best seller número 1 del New York Times The Day You Begin se unen de nuevo para deslumbrar a los lectores con una historia que rinde homenaj...

Last Summer With Maizon

Last Summer With Maizon

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Margaret loves her parents and hanging out with her best friend, Maizon. Then it happens, like a one-two punch, during the summer she turns eleven: first, Margaret's father dies of a heart a...

Feathers

Feathers

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View our feature on Jacqueline Woodson's Feathers.“Hope is the thing with feathers” starts the poem Frannie is reading in school. Frannie hasn’t thought much ...

The World Belonged to Us

The World Belonged to Us

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Two children’s book superstars join forces to celebrate the joy and freedom of summer in the city, which is gloriously captured in Jacqueline Woodson’s rhythmic text and Leo Espinosa...

Harbor Me

Harbor Me

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! Jacqueline Woodson's first middle-grade novel since National Book Award winner Brown Girl Dreaming celebrates the healing ...

Hush

Hush

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A powerfully moving novel from a three-time Newbery Honor-winning author Evie Thomas is not who she used to be. Once she had a best friend, a happy home and a loving grand...

Em carne viva

Em carne viva

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A história deste romance começa em 2001, na noite da cerimônia de maioridade de Melody, então com dezesseis anos, na casa de seus avós no Brooklyn, em Nova York. Assistida com amor por ...

Niña morena sueña

Niña morena sueña

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National Book Award WinnerCoretta Scott King Award WinnerNewbery Honor BookRobert F. Sibert Informational Honor Book

No Such Thing as the Real World

No Such Thing as the Real World

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Graduation from high school?A senior thesis?A betrayal by someone you love?A loss of innocence?The death of a parent?Losing the fa...

The Dear One

The Dear One

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An intriguing look at teen pregnancy from a three-time Newbery Honor winning authorFeni is furious when she finds out that her mother has agreed to take a fifteen-year-old...