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Jacqueline Woodson

Picture Books

Coming home soon book cover

Coming On Home Soon

Illustrated by EB Lewis

It is wartime, and women have to go to work while the men are off fighting. Ada Ruth’s mama has a job in Chicago and she must leave Ada Ruth and Grandma behind for a while.

Where it takes place:

Somewhere in the midwest during World War II.

Where I wrote it:

At home in Brooklyn and at my house in Olive, New York.

Why I wrote it:

I had been reading stories about Rosie the Riveter and couldn’t find any with African American women in them so I started researching. With the small amount of information I gathered, I began to write this book.

  • Caldecott Honor
  • ALA Notable 2005
  • Booklist Editor’s Choice
  • Child Magazine Best of 2004
  • Charlotte Zolotow Honor
State Lists:
  • Utah Beehive Book Award Master List
  • Arizona (nominee)
  • California (nominee)
  • Georgia (nominee)
  • Indiana (nominee)
  • North Carolina (nominee)
  • Ohio (nominee)
  • South Carolina (nominee)
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.