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Jacqueline Woodson

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book cover of Show Way

Show Way

Illustrated by Hudson Talbott

This is the first time I’ve written a book based on some of my own family history. ’Show Ways”, or quilts, once served as secret maps for freedom-seeking slaves. This is the story of seven generations of girls and women who were quilters and artists and freedom fighters.

Where it takes place:

It begins in Virginia and ends right here in Brooklyn.

Where I wrote it:

The story began in my grandmother’s living room in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn. I wrote it here in Park Slope, Brooklyn mostly.

Why I wrote it:

After my grandmother died and my daughter was born, I wanted to figure out a way to hold on to all the amazing history in our family. I wanted a Show Way for my own daughter.

  • Newbery Honor Medal
  • Booklist Editor’s Choice
  • BookLinks Lasting Connections
State Lists
  • Indiana (nominee)
  • Georgia (nominee)
  • Louisiana (nominee)
  • South Carolina (nominee)
  • Tennessee (nominee)
  • Pennsylvania (nominee)
  • Michigan (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.