“Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is an American writer of books for children and adolescents. She is best known for Miracle’s Boys, and her Newbery Honor-winning titles Brown Girl Dreaming, After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way. After serving as the Young People’s Poet Laureate from 2015 to 2017, she was named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, by the Library of Congress, for 2018–19. She was also a visiting fellow at the American Library in Paris in spring of 2017.


Read Aloud Tips

  • Introduce the book by talking about predictions or inferences students may have prior to reading.

  • Pause and discuss the poems with students throughout reading together.

  • Read with enthusiasm and enjoyment. Use different voices, read louder or more quietly as appropriate.

Woodson cherishes her memories and shares them with a graceful lyricism; her lovingly wrought vignettes of country and city streets will linger long after the page is turned. – Kirkus Reviews

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