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Jacqueline Woodson

Picture Books

book cover of Our Gracie Aunt

Our Gracie Aunt

Illustrated by Jon Muth

Johnson and his sister Beebee have to take care of themselves after their mother leaves. Then they’re moved to Aunt Gracie’s house and things start getting better.

Where it takes place:

In a city I do not name.

Where I wrote it:

In my house in Brooklyn and on Whidbey Island off the coast of Seattle, Washington.

Why I wrote it:

There are so many kids in foster care or living with relatives who are not their moms or dads. There are all kinds of families in the world and I wanted to write a book about this. What makes a family isn’t about who you live with but how much they love you.

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.