Woodson, J. (2014). Brown girl dreaming. NY: Nancy Paulsen Books.
What an amazing way to tell her life’s story, in wonderful prose. From Ohio, to South Carolina in the sixties, where things are changing but not quite quick enough, to New York. We learn the story of the Woodson family, their changing fortune and the wonderful relationship Jacqueline had with her grandfather. Her poems tell us about her desire to be a writer, and how she made up stories to prepare for the day she would be able to write her own. Her early induction as a Jehovah Witness affected her young life. Besides Silverstein, this is one of the only books of poetry I’ve read and I enjoyed every moment. This book of poetry would be a great experience for any reader. I would recommend it to all grades 4th and up.