Education Department Common Read

Brown Girl Dreaming

"Brown Girl Dreaming tells the story of my childhood, in verse.

Raised in South Carolina and New York, I always felt halfway home in each place. In these poems, I share what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and my growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.

It also reflects the joy of finding my voice through writing stories, despite the fact that I struggled with reading as a child.

My love of stories inspired and stayed with me, creating the first sparks of the writer that I was to become."

                      -Jacqueline Woodson, Books for Children and Young Adults

Jacqueline Woodson, Author Talk
Monday, October 12th, 3:30-4:30 in Roy Room, Dion Student Center
The award-winning author of BROWN GIRL DREAMING will discuss her writing process and how teachers can facilitate that in their students.

Jacqueline Woodson, Author Talk
Monday, October 12th, 7:00 in Recital Hall, McCarthy Arts Center
The award-winning author of a number of books for children and young adults, will discuss her reading/ writing process and the journey to some of the books she's published. 

Sharon Colvin, VT Department of Libraries, #weneeddiversebooks
Wednesday, October 28, 3:15-4:45 in the Farrell Room, Saint Edmund's Hall
Sharon is the Youth Services consultant for the Vermont Department of Libraries. She will discuss the benefits of children reading diverse books.

Brown Girl Dreaming through the Arts: Presentation and Workshop
Wednesday, December 2, 5:00-6:30 in the Farrell Room, Saint Edmund's Hall
How can we create and listen to stories inspired from a girl named jack? In our final celebration of the Education Reads series members of the graduate course Integrating Art, Social Studies, and Language Arts will lead a workshop designed to bring BROWN GIRL DREAMING alive through the arts.


Children's Picturebooks 

Woodson, J., & Blackall, S. (2010). Pecan pie baby. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons.

Woodson, J., & Cooper, F. (2000). Sweet, sweet memory. New York: Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children.

Woodson, J., & Greenseid, D. (1997). We had a picnic this Sunday past. New York: Hyperion Books for Children.

Woodson, J., & Lewis, E. B. (2001). The other side. New York: Putnam's.

Woodson, J., & Lewis, E. B. (2004). Coming on home soon. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons.

Woodson, J., & Lewis, E. B. (2012). Each kindness. New York: Nancy Paulsen Books.

Woodson, J., & Muth, J. J. (2002). Our Gracie Aunt. New York: Hyperion Books for Children/Jump at the Sun.

Woodson, J., & Ransome, J. (2002). Visiting day. New York: Scholastic Press.

Woodson, J., & Ransome, J. (2013). This is the rope: A story from the Great Migration. New York:  Paulsen Books.

Woodson, J., & Talbott, H. (2005). Show way. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons.

Middle Grade Titles

Woodson, J. (1990). Last summer with Maizon. New York: Delacorte Press.

Woodson, J. (1992). Maizon at Blue Hill / Jacqueline Woodson. New York, NY: Delacorte Press.
Woodson, J. (2002). Between Madison and Palmetto. New York: Putnam.
Woodson, J. (2003). Locomotion. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons.
Woodson, J. (2007). Feathers. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons.
Woodson, J. (2008). After Tupac & D Foster. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons.
Woodson, J. (2009). Peace, Locomotion. New York, NY: G.P. Putnam's Sons.

Woodson, J. (2014). Brown girl dreaming. New York: Nancy Paulsen Books.

Young Adult Titles

Woodson, J. (1991). The dear one. New York, NY: Delacorte Press.

Woodson, J. (1994). I hadn't meant to tell you this. New York: Delacorte.

Woodson, J. (1995). From the notebooks of Melanin Sun. New York: Blue Sky Press.

Woodson, J. (1997). The house you pass on the way. New York: Delacorte Press.

Woodson, J. (1998). If you come softly. New York: Putnam's.

Woodson, J. (1999). Lena. New York: Delacorte Press.

Woodson, J. (2000). Miracle's boys. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons.

Woodson, J. (2002). Hush. New York: Putnam's.

Woodson, J. (2004). Behind you. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons.

Woodson, J. (2013). Beneath a meth moon: An elegy. Speak.


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