Jacqueline Woodson

marlene lopez

Jacqueline Woodson is the is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and received the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the 2018 Children’s Literature Legacy Award. She is the 2014 National Book Award winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which was also a recipient of  the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor, the NAACP Image Award and a Sibert Honor. Her books include The Other SideEach KindnessComing on Home SoonFeathersShow WayAfter Tupac and D Foster, and Miracle’s Boys. Woodson is the author of Harbor Me (Nancy Paulsen Books). It all starts when six kids have to meet for a weekly chat–by themselves, with no adults to listen in. There, in the room they soon dub the ARTT Room (short for “A Room to Talk”), they discover it’s safe to talk about what’s bothering them–everything from Esteban’s father’s deportation and Haley’s father’s incarceration to Amari’s fears of racial profiling and Ashton’s adjustment to his changing family fortunes. When the six are together, they can express the feelings and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world. And together, they can grow braver and more ready for the rest of their lives. The Day You Begin (Nancy Paulsen Books) is her latest children’s book. There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it’s how you look or talk, or where you’re from; maybe it’s what you eat, or something just as random. It’s not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it. Jacqueline Woodson’s lyrical text and Rafael López’s dazzling art reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes-and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway.