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Jacqueline Woodson

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Each Kindness book cover

Each Kindness

Illustrated by EB Lewis

A new girl comes to school and tries to make friends. When Chloe, the narrator, is unkind, the girl keeps trying. And then the girl is gone and Chloe is left only with the memory of her unkindness.

Where it takes place:

This story could take place anywhere.

Where I wrote it:

In Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Why I wrote it:

At some point in our lives, we are all unkind. At some point, we are all treated unkindly. I wanted to understand this more. I think too often we believe we’ll have a second chance at kindness – and sometimes we don’t. I do believe, as Chloe’s teacher, Ms. Albert, says, that everything we do goes out, like a ripple into the world. I wrote this because I believe in kindness.

  • Bank Street Best Book
  • Best Book of 2012 – School Library Journal
  • Charlotte Zolotow Award
  • Coretta Scott King Honor Book
  • 2013 Jane Addams Peace Award
  • 2013 Charlotte Zolotow Award
  • Jane Addams Children’s Book Award (from the Jane Addams Peace Association)
  • Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2013
State Lists
  • The Magnolia Book Awards Master List 2015 (Mississippi)
  • Illinois Monarch Award Master List 2015
  • Grand Canyon Reader Award nominee list (AZ)
  • Kansas (nominee)
  • 2014 Kentucky Bluegrass Award nominee
  • Maryland (nominee)
  • Show Me Readers Award nominee (Missouri Association of School Librarians Awards)
  • Nebraska Golden Sower Awards (nominee)
  • North Carolina (nominee)
  • Flicker Tail (ND) Children’s Book Award (nominee)
  • Keystone (PA) to Reading Book Award (nominee)
  • Buckaroo Book Award nominee (Wyoming Library Association Book Awards)
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.