Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (Newbery Honor Book 2015)
What was it like for writer Jacqueline Woodson to grow up in the 1960’s and 1970’s as an African-American with the remnants of the Jim Crow laws and the growing Civil Rights movement? Her touching and eloquent poems tell the reader what she experienced in South Carolina and New York City as she came of age. Her early literacy struggles are a revelation, yet it is no surprise she always loved words and story, spinning tales for her family and friends, and publishing her own little books of poems and stories. As different as her experiences were, her memories spark connections for me and bring me back to my own youth during that time. It’s truly a beautifully crafted work, a joy for families to share together.