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Jacqueline Woodson

About Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is the winner of the 2015 Coretta Scott King Author Award for Brown Girl Dreaming (Paulsen/Penguin). She is the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature 2018-2019 and the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award Laureate.

Jacqueline Woodson’s 2018 Children’s Literature Legacy Award Acceptance

And you wait, are awaiting the one thing that will infinitely increase your life; the powerful, the uncommon, the awakening of stones, depths turned toward you. Dimly there gleam in the bookcase the volumes in gold and brown; and you think of lands journeyed through, of pictures, of the apparel of women lost again. And […]

Brown Girl Dreaming: Author Jacqueline Woodson’s 2015 BGHB NF Honor Speech

Hey Everybody. I want to thank the committee for choosing Brown Girl Dreaming as a Boston Globe–Horn Book honor book. It wasn’t an easy book to write — I know no book is easy — but Brown Girl Dreaming took me on a writing journey like no other. And while I’m grateful for that journey, […]

Dream Keepers: 2015 Coretta Scott King Author Award Acceptance

It is Friday afternoon and I’m sitting in a restaurant in Vancouver, B.C. In an hour, I will give my final talk of a two-day visit. In these two days, I’ve visited a number of schools in Vancouver — both independent and public. As I stood in front of each crowd, I was astonished by […]

How Do I Come Home Again? — The Zena Sutherland Lecture

Once upon a time, I was a girl who wanted to write. I wanted to tell stories. I wanted to watch letters shape themselves into words on the page. I wanted to understand words and how and why they have impact. I wanted to communicate, to not be silent. I wanted, when I was older […]

Who Can Tell My Story

We speak a different language in my grandmother’s house. When the family is alone together or with close friends, our language flows into a southern dialect essenced with my younger brother’s (and sometimes my own) hip-hop of-the-moment idioms — what was once good became fresh and is now the bomb. What was once great was […]