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Jacqueline Woodson

Picture Books

book cover of Visiting Day

Visiting Day

Illustrated by James Ransome

A young girl looks forward to the day she gets to go visit her father. It only happens once a month and it’s a very special day.

Where it takes place:

In Brooklyn and in someplace north of New York City.

Where I wrote it:

In Brooklyn and at The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

Why I wrote it:

Because once a month when I was a little girl, I would go upstate and visit my favorite uncle. I remember those days well and wanted to write about them. This book isn’t completely autobiographical but there is a lot of me in it.

  • 2003 Skipping Stones Honor Award

My younger brother and I visiting my Uncle Robert on “Visiting Day”

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.