Jacqueline Woodson

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Young Adult Author
Date of Birth February 12, 1963
Place of Birth Ohio
Age 57 years old
Horoscope Aquarius

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Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is an American writer of books for children and adolescents. She is best known for Miracle's Boys, and her Newbery Honor-winning titles Brown Girl Dreaming, After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way. After serving as the Young People's Poet Laureate from 2015 to 2017, she was named the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, by the Library of Congress, for 2018–19. She was also a visiting fellow at the American Library in Paris in spring of 2017.

Born: Jacqueline Amanda Woodson, February 12, 1963, Columbus, Ohio, United States
Occupation: Writer
Nationality: American
Period: 1990-present
Genre: Young adult fiction
Subject: African-American literature
Notable works: Miracle's Boys (2000), Show Way (2006), Feathers (2007), After Tupac and D Foster (2008), Brown Girl Dreaming (2014)
Notable awards: National Book Award, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature
Partner: Juliet Widoff
Children: 2
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About Jacqueline Woodson

American author whose work is notable for its themes of racial and sexual identity. Among her most acclaimed books is 2014's Brown Girl Dreaming, which received the National Book Award, Newbery Medal and NAACP Image Award.

Before Fame

She studied Drama at Howard University and received her B.A. in English from Adelphi University in 1985.


Her novel Miracle's Boys was adapted into a six-part miniseries directed by Spike Lee, LaVar Burton and others in 2002.

Family Life

She has a daughter named Toshi Georgianna and a son named Jackson-Lero.


She has cited the work of novelist Toni Morrison as a key influence.

Information related to Jacqueline Woodson

  • Margaret A. Edwards Award winners
  • Children's poets
  • MacDowell Colony fellows
  • Writers from Columbus, Ohio
  • LGBT people from Ohio
  • Newbery Honor winners
  • American writers of young adult literature
  • National Book Award winners
  • Women writers of young adult literature
  • African-American women writers
  • Writers from Brooklyn
  • LGBT novelists
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