Brown Girl Dreaming (Prebound)
With each impeccably chosen word in this novel-in-verse, Jacqueline Woodson tells the story of her early life, growing up surrounded by family in South Carolina and Brooklyn, New York, in the racially charged 60s and 70s. Through moments both large and small, we meet the little girl who will become a gifted author overcome her difficulty learning to read to tell the stories that have always “run like rivers through her veins.” As gentle, heartbreaking and heartwarming as her picture books, brown girl dreaming is a real gem.
Recommended for 4th grade and above.
Jacqueline Woodson's National Book Award and Newbery Honor winner, now available in paperback with 6 all new poems.
Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid 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 her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child's soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson's eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.
Praise for Jacqueline Woodson:
Ms. Woodson writes with a sure understanding of the thoughts of young people, offering a poetic, eloquent narrative that is not simply a story . . . but a mature exploration of grown-up issues and self-discovery. "The New York Times Book Review.
About the Author
Jacqueline Woodson (www.jacquelinewoodson.com) is the winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, the recipient of three Newbery Honors for "After Tupac and D Foster," "Feathers" and "Show Way," and a two-time finalist for the National Book Award for "Locomotion" and "Hush." Other awards include the Coretta Scott King Award and "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize for "Miracle's Boys." Her most recent books are her novel "Beneath a Meth Moon" and her picture books "Each Kindness "and "This Is the Rope." She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.