BROWN GIRL DREAMING in Communities Across America

By Trevor Ingerson | January 8 2018 | Community Reads

BROWN GIRL DREAMING is the critically acclaimed and award-winning book by Jacqueline Woodson. It’s a memoir about Jacqueline’s experiences on what is like growing up as a young African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the aftershocks of Jim Crow and her own growing awareness of the Civil Rights Movement. Having won the hearts of award committees and young readers alike, it’s now winning the hearts of readers of all ages as more and more communities all over the country are selecting the book for their own common read programs. Most recently, the Vermont Humanities Council selected BROWN GIRL DREAMING for their 2017 Vermont Reads program and the Free Library of Philadelphia featured BROWN GIRL DREAMING for their youth selection as part of their One Book, One Philadelphia program starting in January 2018!

Jacqueline Woodson was also just selected a the 6th National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. In this role, she will travel around the country promoting her platform, READING = HOPE x CHANGE (What’s Your Equation?), which focuses on showing people the impact reading can have on the hope and change you want to see in the world. We’re so excited for Jacqueline to be the new ambassador as her platform is sure to build communities across the country.

BROWN GIRL DREAMING won the 2015 National Book Award in addition to the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor Award, the NAACP Image Award, and the Sibert Honor Award.

Download a guide to the works of Jacqueline Woodson, including discussion questions for BROWN GIRL DREAMING, here.


Brown Girl Dreaming
Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.
Age 10 and up
Grade 5 & Up