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One Author New Canaan : Jacqueline Woodson Webpage and Interviews

Virtual Author Visit with Jacqueline Woodson March 30, 2021 7:00 PM – Families 7:45 PM – Adults

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About Reading and Stories

"From a really young age, I was reading like a writer. I was reading for this deep understanding of the literature not simply to hear the story but to understand how the author got the story on the page. And I didn't know any of that. And my sister just kind of sailed through reading and read - consumed book after book after book. And here I was, reading the same book very slowly, slowly coming to understand it. And looking back on it, I think it was part of what brought me here."

— Jacqueline Wood in an interview with "Fresh Air"

Brown Girl Dreaming

Young People Poet Laureate (2015)

Her award-winning ‘Brown Girl Dreaming’ is the story of her youth written in verse.
Jacqueline Woodson was named Young People’s Poet Laureate on Wednesday. (Marty Umans)

By  Christina Barron.   

June 3, 2015

The Washington Post

Jacqueline Woodson, the author of the award-winning “Brown Girl Dreaming,” was named Young People’s Poet Laureate on Wednesday by the Poetry Foundation.

The laureate, which means someone who is honored for an art or science, advises the foundation about literature for kids and teens. Former laureate Kenn Nesbitt described it as being a cheerleader for poetry. The job also comes with a $25,000 prize.

Woodson has written 30 books for children and young adults. “Brown Girl Dreaming,” a story about Woodson’s youth in South Carolina and New York, was written entirely in verse. It won the 2014 National Book Award and a Newbery Honor. Her books “Feathers” and “Locomotion” also were named Newbery Honor books.

“Woodson, like her characters, is always in motion and always discovering something fresh,” Poetry Foundation President Robert Polito said in a statement. “Her gifts, adventurousness and generosity, suggest she will be a terrific young people’s poet laureate.”

The laureate serves a two-year term.

— Christina Barron

Talking with Jacqueline Woodson (Book Links April 2016)