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HUM 7 - Independent Reading 2020: Jacqueline Woodson



Pronouns: She/her
Originally from: Born in Columbus, Ohio, before moving to Greenville, South Carolina, then Brooklyn at age seven
Fun fact: Jacqueline Woodson was the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, as named by the Library of Congress, for 2018-2019

Books on Sora


  • Coretta Scott King Award (1995, 1996, 2013)
  • ALA Best Book for Young Adults (1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005)
  • 2014 National Book Award in Young People's Literature
  • 2018–19 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature for the Library of Congress
  • 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award

"From a really young age, I was reading like a writer. I was reading for this deep understanding of the literature not simply to hear the story but to understand how the author got the story on the page. And I didn't know any of that. And my sister just kind of sailed through reading and read - consumed book after book after book. And here I was, reading the same book very slowly, slowly coming to understand it. And looking back on it, I think it was part of what brought me here."

— Jacqueline Wood in an interview with "Fresh Air"