Awards & Recognition Jacqueline Woodson’s BROWN GIRL DREAMING wins National Book Award

“I love how much love there is in the world of young adult and children’s literature.”—Jacqueline Woodson, upon accepting the National Book Award for BROWN GIRL DREAMING

In the highly-anticipated celebration of literature on November 19, 2014, Jacqueline Woodson’s BROWN GIRL DREAMING won the National Book Award for young people’s literature. Through her much-honored poetry, Woodson shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, crafting a unique and moving memoir written entirely in verse. Her writing has been described as “both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world.”

Her audiobook is a true example of the power of storytelling, read by the wonderful Woodson herself. As the award-winning author told the crowd at the National Book Award ceremony, “It’s so important that we talk to old people and get their stories before they become ancestors…The world wouldn’t be complete without all our stories in it.” And this is one story that students, young listeners, and families will treasure together for years to come—a new classic that is a must for school and library shelves.

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“[Woodson’s] voice is wistful and dreamy as she savors rich sensory memories…Her narration is a testament to the emotional power of words and how, even as a child, she knew she possessed that power.”–AudioFile Earphones Award winner

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