“The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature raises national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education and the development and betterment of the lives of young people.”
-from the website
A few years ago, one of my reading challenges was to read some of the works by the National Ambassadors for Young People’s Literature. I’ve talked about Jon Scieszka, Kate DiCamillo, Walter Dean Myers, Katherine Paterson. and Gene Luen Yang.
The most recent inductee is Jacqueline Woodson.
I was honored to be part of the selection committee who got to choose such an amazing writer! And, I’m excited to see how she carries out her platform “Reading = Hope X Change” inviting people to figure out their equation in the world and deciding which factors they can change to create the world they want to live in.
Read the press release here.
Watch the inauguration ceremony here.
I just love the idea of the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and will do more posts about it.
One of the things I like to do is read books by the Ambassadors so I’ve added a few titles by Jacqueline Woodson to my Must Read list. I wanted to share my reviews of the ones I’ve already read.
brown girl dreaming is a powerful moving memoir told in verse written by a gifted writer. Jacqueline Woodson gives us glimpses of her childhood in a way that seems rushed but then stops at moments with startling discovery. I loved the relationships- how family can cause us pain and sadness but how they can also make us happier and stronger than anything else in the world. Kids will enjoy- and parents will appreciate- how patience helped Woodson discover what she was good at. Don’t we all want to excel something that’ll set us apart? Aspiring writers will take inspiration and courage from the fact that stories are all around us and within us if we just look.
This novel reads quickly because the words just flow so easily from one to the other creating a nostalgic feel as the main character reminisces about her early teenage years with her friends. The story and circumstances are beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time mixed in with a bit of mystery about her missing mother. The only thing that I didn’t like was that I didn’t feel like there was actual character growth after thinking about her past.
I picked this up because many educators who come to the bookstore tend to recommend this to me as one of their favorite read-alouds. I can see why. It’s an interesting and introspective look about how actions and inactions affect others. Will resonate with many readers.
What are your favorite Jacqueline Woodson books that I should read?
What are some of your favorite books by previous Ambassadors?
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