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Children’s Book Committee – April Pick

April 20, 2015


The Children’s Book Committee celebrates National Poetry Month with the winner of the 2015 Claudia Lewis Award for Younger Readers. You may view the award ceremony online, including Jacqueline’s remarks delivered by her editor Nancy Paulsen.


Brown Girl Dreaming
by Jacqueline Woodson
(Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin)
Through a series of poems, the author Jacqueline Woodson tells the story of growing up in Ohio, South Carolina, and New York during the turbulent Civil Rights era, and of becoming a writer. (10-14)

Our Young Reviewer says:

I found this book beautiful. I loved the way that one character connects the Midwest, the South, and the Northeast so smoothly. Jacqueline–both the author and the narrator–explains the differences in living in each place in the U.S. I absolutely fell in love with Jacqueline’s family. I was moved by her mother’s determination, her grandmother’s quiet strength, her brother’s singing, and her littlest brother’s innocence. However, her relationship with her grandfather is enough to recommend the book.
– Julie, 15, Highland Park, New Jersey

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One Comment leave one →
  1. April 21, 2015 6:11 am

    I could NOT put this book down. Such a great pick!

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