2022-2023 Performances for Young Audiences at The Kennedy Center

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

The Day you Begin This world premiere commissioned musical is based on one of Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence Jacqueline Woodson ’s most popular picture books, a #1 New York Times bestseller illustrated by Rafael López and featured in its own episode in the Netflix original show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices . Adapted by Woodson with music by Toshi Reagon and direction by Charlotte Brathwaite , The Day You Begin is a poignant and heartening musical about finding courage to connect, even when you feel afraid. This Is the Rope This world premiere [...] read more

The 52nd NAACP Image Awards

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

I won the 52nd NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens for my book Before the Ever After . You can watch the live virtual experience on Saturday March 27 at 8:00pm ET. [...] read more

The Hans Christian Andersen Award!

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Big news! I was honored to receive The Hans Christian Andersen Award ! This is the highest international recognition given to an author of children’s books, to recognize lifelong achievement. The Author’s Award has been given since 1956 and consists of a gold medal and a diploma. You can read more about it on my Awards page . [...] read more

So I’ve updated my website again.

Monday, August 24, 2020

I guess I should say I’ve ‘revised’ it. Just like the writing process, this website is constantly in revision. I think you’re here because you want to know more about me. Well, this is the place where you’ll find out lots of stuff. Everything you need for your report, your essay, your article, your last minute homework assignment – is in here . So no more Sunday night emails begging me to respond in an hour, okay? While I would love to, I’m either putting my kids to bed, having some quiet time, or writing. Soooooooo…click and find [...] read more
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.