“Visiting Day” by Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson’s memoir Brown Girl Dreaming won the 2014 National Book Award and was a NY Times Bestseller. Her novel, Another Brooklyn, was a National Book Award finalist and an Indie Pick in 2016. Among her many awards, she the recipient of the Kurt Vonnegut Award, four Newbery Honors, two Coretta Scott King Award, and the Langston Hughes Medal. Jacqueline is the author of nearly thirty books for young people and adults including Each Kindness, If You Come Softly, Locomotion and I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This. She served as Young People’s Poet Laureate from 2014-2016, was a fellow at The American Library in Paris, occasionally writes for the New York Times, is currently working on more books and like so many writers – lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

Read Aloud Tips

  • Before reading, have students study the pictures and predict what the book is about.

  • Stop periodically, show students the images, and let them predict what will happen next.

  • Mass incarceration is a huge issue in America. Introduce age-appropriate articles to your students and allow this to foster discussion around this issue, as well as other injustices here in America.

  • Create a safe space for your students to talk about incarceration. This could be a reality for some of your students. Let them know they are safe and allow them to take time to get comfortable.


“This poignant picture book chronicles a joyfil girl narrator’s hard-to-bear anticipation and special preparations for a journey with her grandmother to see her father.. . A shared feeling of hope and tenderness pervades each spread.” – Publisher’s Weekly


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