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Jacqueline Woodson

Middle Grade/Young Adult

book cover of feathers


Feathers takes place in the 1970s and begins when a boy walks into the classroom who is very different from the other kids there. Or maybe he isn’t so different…

Where it takes place:

I never name the place but was imagining this point between the Brooklyn and Queens border — right near Kennedy Airport.

Where I wrote it:

Here in Brooklyn and over the year while I was on the road.

Why I wrote it:

Feathers is a book I wrote because I wanted to write about the many ways people find Hope in the world.

  • Newbery Honor Medal
  • IRA/CBC Children’s Choices
  • NCTE Notable Children’s Book
  • Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
  • National Book Award Finalist
  • Coretta Scott King Honor
  • 2003 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award (Fiction Honor)
  • Horn Book Fanfare List
  • School Library Journal Best Book
  • IRA-CBC Children’s Choice for 2004
  • 2004 Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts (sponsored by the Children’s Literature Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English)
  • 2005 New Mexico Battle of the Books (Middle School/Grades 7-9)
  • 2004-2005 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Master List (children’s choice award for Vermont)
  • 2005 Kentucky Bluegrass Master List (Grades 3-5)
  • 2006 Louisiana Young Readers Choice Award Nominee (Grades 3-5)
  • 2004-2005 Maine Student Book Award Nominee (Grades 4-8)
  • 2004-2005 William Allen White Children’s Book Award Nominee (Kansas children’s choice award)
  • Garden State Teen Book Award Master List (NJ)
  • Massachusetts Children’s Book Award Master List
  • Charlie May Simon Book Award Master List (AR)
  • Georgia (nominee)
  • Maine (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.