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Research Guide

Where to Find Biographical Information

The following databases are good places to start:
  • The Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • Something About the Author (exists in print and online database)
  • MLA International Bibliography
Here is a short list of encyclopedia entries:
  • Jacqueline Woodson (1964-).“Children’s Literature Review. Ed. Deborah J. Morad. Vol. 49. Detroit: Gale, 1999. 194-210. Literature Criticism Online. Gale.
  • “Jacqueline Woodson (1964-).” Something about the Author. Vol. 189. Detroit: Gale, 2009. 200-209. Something About The Author Online. Gale.
  • Jones, Caroline E. “Woodson, Jacqueline.” Cambridge Guide to Children’s Books in English. Ed. Victor Watson. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge, 2001. 767. Gale Virtual Reference Library.
  • “Woodson, Jacqueline (1964-).” Major 21st-Century Writers. Ed. Tracey Matthews and Tracey Watson. Vol. 5. Detroit: Gale, 2005. Gale Virtual Reference Library.
  • “Woodson, Jacqueline Amanda.” Who’s Who Among African Americans. Ed. James Craddock. 26th ed. Detroit: Gale, 2011. 1381. Gale Virtual Reference Library.
  • “Woodson, Jacqueline.” The Writers Directory 2011. Ed. Lisa Kumar. 26th ed. Vol. 2. Detroit: St. James Press, 2010. 2565. Gale Virtual Reference Library.

A list of her works is at the top of the screen, but here are ways to double-check this list. Try her publisher’s websites. These sites also list bios and reading guides:

  • Penguin Group
  • Hyperion
  • Random House
  • Scholastic
  • Brilliance
  • Audible
  • Recorded Books

Or try:

  • Database: Bowker’s Books in Print: But beware, if a book is no longer in print it will not appear in this database.

Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is an American writer of books for adults, children, and adolescents. She is best known for her National Book Award-Winning memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, and her Newbery Honor-winning titles After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way. Her picture books The Day You Begin and The Year We Learned to Fly were NY Times Bestsellers. 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 awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 2020. Later that same year, she was named a MacArthur Fellow.