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Black History Month

February is … Black History Month!

Celebrate by reading (or listening to)

Jacqueline Woodson’s lyrical autobiography, Brown Girl Dreaming:

National Book Award 2014
Newbery Honor Winner 2015
Coretta Scott King Award Winner 2015

Woodson journeys through her past in her memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming. Through her free verse poems, she tells the origin of her name, of her homes in Ohio, South Carolina, and New York, of her love of tostones made by her forever friend’s mother, and of becoming a writer. This five-part book will enthrall readers with the true stories and the daydreams of an African-American girl growing up in the tumultuous 1960s. Readers will be left wondering can we write like Jacqueline? If we look inside ourselves will we find “A small gift from the universe / waiting to be discovered.”

  • Share other Jacqueline Woodson titles. Listening to the audiobook versions helps convey the full impact of these stories.
    • Feathers
    • Locomotion
    • This is the Rope
    • The Other Side
  • Read more Coretta Scott King Book Author Award Winners. Weave these books into other themes, like the justice system (Hand in Hand includes Thurgood Marshall’s story) or baseball (We Are the Ship).
    • March: Book Three – By: John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
    • Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America – By: Andrea Pinkney
    • We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball – By: Kadir Nelson
  • Seeing autobiographies in print, gives weight to our own words and stories. Check out…
    • El Deafo – By: Cece Bell
    • 26 Fairmount Avenue – By: Tomie dePaola
    • Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter – By: Adeline Yen Mah

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