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Jacqueline Woodson

Picture Books

book cover of We had a Picnic This Sunday Past

We Had a Picnic This Sunday Past

Illustrated by Diane Greenseid

Teeka and her grandmother go to the family picnic and boy! aren’t the others who come something to talk about!!

Where it takes place:

In Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York.

Where I wrote it:

In the Park Slope section of Brooklyn, New York.

Why I wrote it:

To let myself remember how delicious picnics can be. (And to keep my promise of putting my niece, Teeka, in a book.)

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.