Meet Jacqueline Woodson, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

Saturday May 11, 2019
11:00 am

Tags: Event


Grants entry for 1 plus $10 voucher towards any purchase at our bookstore.
13-and-under get in for free!

Start your Mother's Day weekend with the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Jacqueline Woodson


For over 20 years, Woodson's children's and young adult books have shown readers the importance of friendship, choosing kindness, celebrating our differences, and standing up for what's right. And she does it without shying away from harsh realities that young people face--racism, gender identity, sexism. Throughout the conversation, she will read from her most celebrated books (Harbor Me, Locomotion, If You Come Softly, and Brown Girl Dreaming).

A book signing will follow the event and books will be available at our bookstore.

Jacqueline WoodsonJacqueline Woodson received the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the 2018 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and on January 9, 2018, she was appointed the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, a position which she will hold through 2019. 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. In 2015, Woodson was named the Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. Her recent adult book, Another Brooklyn, was a National Book Award finalist. She is the author of more than thirty award-winning books for young adults, middle graders and children; among her many accolades, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a four-time National Book Award finalist, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. Her books include The Other SideEach Kindness, Caldecott Honor book Coming On Home Soon; Newbery Honor winners FeathersShow Way, and After Tupac and D Foster; and Miracle’s Boys, which received the LA Times Book Prize and the Coretta Scott King Award. Jacqueline is also the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement for her contributions to young adult literature, the winner of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, and was the 2013 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. In March 2018, Penguin Young Readers celebrated the 20th anniversary of Woodson’s If You Come Softly with a special edition of the beloved story of star-crossed love between a Black teenage boy and his Jewish classmate.  Harbor Me, a middle grade novel, and The Day You Begin, a picture book illustrated by Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner Rafael López, will publish in August 2018. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.