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United We Stand: A Conversation with Hanif Abdurraqib & Jacqueline Woodson | Censorship

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

In their shared hometown of Columbus, OH, at an event where readers celebrated their writing, Hanif Abdurraqib and Jacqueline Woodson sat with Library Journal for a conversation about libraries, book bans, and censorship. [...] read more

BAMkids Winter/Spring 2024

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Ages 3+ Join us for a powerful new season of creativity, connection, and inspiration! Celebrate the return of beloved family events like the BAMkids Film Festival and our annual love letter to hip-hop, Word. Sound. Power. , as well as two deeply moving performances about friendship, family, and race, adapted from books by award winning author Jacqueline Woodson. There’s a lot to love this spring at BAM; let’s keep dancing, singing, listening, and learning together! Event details HERE ! [...] read more
Join Jacqueline Woodson for Books and Beyond

GLOBAL VIRTUAL EVENT: Books and Beyond with Jacqueline Woodson

Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Tuesday, October 3rd 2023 at 1 PM Eastern / 10 AM Pacific Celebrate the power of books with National Book Award-winner and MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient Jacqueline Woodson. Woodson is one of the nation’s most acclaimed authors writing for children, adolescents, and adults. Weaving together lyrical language and powerful imagery to create rich and emotional stories, her work explores the complex intersections of race, class, gender, family, and American history. Join Woodson for a livestream global conversation around stories and books that connect us to one another. This event is for public schools, libraries, [...] read more
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2023 Guggenheim Fellowship

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation offers fellowships to exceptional individuals in pursuit of scholarship in any field of knowledge and creation in any art form, under the freest possible conditions. [...] read more

NSO Family Concert:  This Is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration

Sunday, April 2, 2023

The story of one family’s journey north during the Great Migration starts one summer with a little girl in South Carolina finding a rope under a tree. She has no idea, however, that the rope will become a compelling part of her family’s history. This world premiere NSO Family Concert features Education Artist-in-Residence Jacqueline Woodson reading This Is the Rope onstage, along with brand-new music played by the National Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Kyle Dickson. Sun. Apr. 2, 2023 at 2 PM Sun. Apr. 2, 2023 at 4 PM [...] read more

The Day You Begin Performance at The Kennedy Center

Saturday, November 19, 2022

It’s not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet…but somehow you do it. This world premiere commissioned musical is based on one of Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence Jacqueline Woodson ’s most popular picture books. Nov. 19 - Dec. 18, 2022 [...] read more

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 [...] read more
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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 . [...] read more
Hans Christian Anderson Award

The Hans Christian Andersen Award!

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Big news! I was honored to receive The Hans Christen 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
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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 [...] 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.