Brown Girl Dreaming is a beautiful story of life through 1960 and 1970’s put into verse. Jacqueline Woodson gives us a glimpse into her life growing up between the north and south, both feeling like home. She struggled with teasing, following rules of her religion, in her school studies but through it all she found her voice and outlet in writing. Woodson’s passion for poetry and verse are obvious in the stories she shares that make us laugh and bring out an deep emotion looking at the world through a child’s search for belonging in this world.
Woodson received the Newberry Honor Book award, National Book award and the Coretta Scott King award for her touching verse of poetry. She is the winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults.
Reviewed by Paula Perkins, Library Assistant, Richard Sanchez Library