Brown Girl Dreaming

jwoodson_browngirldreamingJacqueline Woodson‘s autobiography-in-verse looks like a novel with its silhouette in front of a sunrise (I know it’s a sunrise because she wasn’t allowed outside at sunset time) and reads beautifully. Starting from birth, Jacqueline tells her story of living in Ohio, South Carolina and Brooklyn, New York. Each place leaves its influence for her lifetime. Family relationships are explored; friendship and moving; the way it is and the way it should be; and always that inner knowledge of who she is: a writer who makes up stories.

Longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People’s LiteratureBrown Girl Dreaming is a thoughtful retrospect on the experience of growing up to be Jacqueline Woodson.

*Update* Brown Girl Dreaming won the 2014 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature last night!


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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1 Response to Brown Girl Dreaming

  1. You had me at autobiography-in-verse.

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