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Jacqueline Woodson


cover of The Other Side

Poetry As Picture Book

From The Other Side

That summer, the fence that stretched through our town seemed bigger.
We lived in a yellow house on one side of it.
White people lived on the other.
And Mama said “Don’t climb over that fence when you play.
She said it wasn’t safe.

That summer, there was a girl who wore a pink sweater.
Each morning she climbed up on that fence and stared over at our side.
She never sat on that fence with anyone, that girl didn’t….

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.