Episode 14 – Jacqueline Woodson

June 23, 2017

Today we are excited to welcome award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson to the Why I Write podcast.

Our Annual Convention will be happening this November in St. Louis, and we are excited to have Jacqueline as one of our Keynote Speakers.

Register today so that you don’t miss out on any of the amazing content, meetings, and happenings.

Jacqueline is the bestselling author of more than two dozen award-winning books for adults, young adults, middle graders, and children.

Her New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming won the 2014 National Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor Award, an NAACP Image Award, and the Sibert Honor Award.

She rightfully scolded me for not having read it yet. But after we finished recording I bought a copy, and it is waiting for me on my Kindle to read this summer.

Her most recent novel, Another Brooklyn, illuminates the formative time when childhood gives way to adulthood and renders a powerful, indelible, and fleeting friendship that united four young lives.


Classroom Connection 

Jacqueline referred to Rudine Sims Bishop’s quote that books should be “mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors” for students. Think of a book that has been a mirror, window, or sliding glass door for you. Write about the book. How did you relate to it? How might others relate to the book?

C.C. and Jacqueline discuss the “ripple” in her book Each Kindness. What would you like to spread out into the world that would have a “ripple” effect? Write about it.


We chatted about her writing and books, but we also discussed what her kids are reading and what advocacy means to her.

She was packing for a weekend away with her family, so I’m thankful she had the time to talk to us for a little while before hitting the road.

Be sure you register to see her at our Annual Convention after listening to the episode.

Happy listening!

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