Books by Jacqueline Woodson

THIS IS THE ROPE by Jacqueline Woodson
Released: Aug. 29, 2013

"A quiet affirmation of a strong and close-knit family that, along with so many other African-Americans, found a better life as part of the Great Migration. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
With great affection, a Brooklyn girl tells the story of her grandmother, mother and a rope that forms a bond across three generations. Read full book review >
EACH KINDNESS by Jacqueline Woodson
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Something of the flipside to the team's The Other Side (2001), this is a great book for teaching kindness. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Woodson and Lewis' latest collaboration unfolds with harsh beauty and the ominousness of opportunities lost. Read full book review >
BENEATH A METH MOON by Jacqueline Woodson
Released: Feb. 2, 2012

"A moving, honest and hopeful story. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Fifteen-year-old Laurel attempts to understand and move past a year of her life when addiction to methamphetamine nearly cost her family and her life. Read full book review >
PEACE, LOCOMOTION by Jacqueline Woodson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

Lonnie, of Locomotion (2003), is turning 12. Read full book review >
AFTER TUPAC AND D FOSTER by Jacqueline Woodson
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Walkmans and bootleg tapes solidify the setting of the previous decade, bringing added authenticity to Woodson's satisfying tale of childhood friendship. (Fiction. YA)"
The summer of 1995 brings D Foster away from her foster home to the block where 12-year-olds Neeka and the unnamed narrator reside. Read full book review >
FEATHERS by Jacqueline Woodson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2007

"Developing this metaphor, Woodson captures perfectly the questions and yearnings of a girl perched on the edge of adolescence, a girl who readers will take into their hearts and be glad to call their friend. (Fiction. 9-13)"
One wintry day, a white boy with long curly hair enters Frannie's sixth-grade classroom. Read full book review >
SHOW WAY by Jacqueline Woodson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"One of the most remarkable books of the year. (Picture book. 5+)"
Show Ways are quilts with secret meanings—guides to freedom. Read full book review >
COMING ON HOME SOON by Jacqueline Woodson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Longing, loneliness, pride, and doing what needs to be done shine off the pages and into the hearts of readers. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In a perfect pairing with Woodson's text, Lewis manages to make his rich watercolors glow with the light of memory in a simple story of another time of war. Read full book review >
BEHIND YOU by Jacqueline Woodson
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2004

"Written with Woodson's characteristic focus on telling detail (the buttery quality of light in a kitchen), this is a tender, existential meditation on grief, interior in nature that will nevertheless touch readers who enjoyed (and wept over) the first. (Fiction. YA)"
A sequel to Woodson's If You Come Softly (1998), in which Miah was mistakenly shot to death by police. Read full book review >
LOCOMOTION by Jacqueline Woodson
POETRY
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Don't let anyone miss this. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Count on award-winning Woodson (Visiting Day, p. 1403, etc.) to present readers with a moving, lyrical, and completely convincing novel in verse. Read full book review >
VISITING DAY by Jacqueline Woodson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Overall, a sensitive approach to a difficult issue that will certainly provoke discussion. (author and illustrator notes) (Picture book. 5-8)"
A little girl and her grandmother wake early to prepare for the trip to visit the girl's father. Read full book review >
THE OTHER SIDE by Jacqueline Woodson
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Award-winning Lewis's lovely realistic watercolor paintings allow readers to be quiet observers viewing the issue from both sides. (Picture book. 5+)"
Race relations, a complex issue, is addressed in a simple manner through the eyes of two young girls, one black and one white, on either side of a fence that divides their yards and, in fact, the town. Read full book review >
HUSH by Jacqueline Woodson
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Intellectually engaging yet strangely unmoving, this unusual story about a cut-off child seeking to reconnect and belong will give youngsters plenty to think about. (Fiction. 10-14)"
After Toswiah's father, a black policeman who loves and believes in the moral rightness of his profession, makes the excruciating decision to testify against two white cops who shot and killed an unarmed black boy, Toswiah and her family enter the witness-protection program. Read full book review >
LENA by Jacqueline Woodson
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1999

"This does bring a sense of closure to its open-ended predecessor, but the severely unbalanced structure and a resolution that can best be described as shrink-wrapped, make it a weak sequel. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Woodson's quietly harrowing I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This (1994) left teenager Lena Bright and her gifted sister Dion on the run from their abusive father; here, after hitching their way from Ohio to Kentucky, they find the safety they seek, back where their flight began. Read full book review >
IF YOU COME SOFTLY by Jacqueline Woodson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Miah's melodramatic death overshadows a tale as rich in social and personal insight as any of Woodson's previous books. (Fiction. 11-13)"
In a meditative interracial love story with a wrenching climactic twist, Woodson (The House You Pass on the Way, 1997, etc.) offers an appealing pair of teenagers and plenty of intellectual grist, before ending her story with a senseless act of violence. Read full book review >
WE HAD A PICNIC THIS SUNDAY PAST by Jacqueline Woodson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 1998

"When they sit down at a table of plenty—with two luxurious store-bought cakes as Cousin Martha's contribution—and the narrator says, "You should have been there," readers will have to agree. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The teaming of Woodson and Greenseid is a marriage made in heaven: vivacious, finger-snapping prose and electric paintings full of attitude. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE YOU PASS ON THE WAY by Jacqueline Woodson
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A provocative topic, treated with wisdom and sensitivity, with a strong secondary thread exploring some of the inner and outer effects of biracialism. (Fiction. 12-15)"
 A newfound confidante and a breath of common sense clears away a teenager's guilt and dismay over her dawning sexual preference in this thoughtful, deceptively low-key story from Woodson (From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
FROM THE NOTEBOOKS OF MELANIN SUN by Jacqueline Woodson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1995

"Melanin Sun's inner journey will leave readers moved and reassured. (Fiction. 12+)"
 The close and loving relationship between a teenager and his single mother takes a heavy hit in this intense story from the author of I Hadn't Meant To Tell You This (1994). Read full book review >
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A FAMILY PHOTO by Jacqueline Woodson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 1995

"A photograph that fades too quickly."
 Woodson still has one foot in the young adult world of her earlier novels (I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This, p. 782, etc.) with this dreamy, sometimes too spare story of an African-American girl growing up in Brooklyn from 1966 to 1978. Read full book review >
I HADN'T MEANT TO TELL YOU THIS by Jacqueline Woodson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1994

 Friendship lightens the burden of adolescence in a spare novel about two girls drawn together by the common thread of their loss. Read full book review >
BETWEEN MADISON AND PALMETTO by Jacqueline Woodson
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"The episodic events don't quite add up to a plot; still, a likable visit with two good friends—whose fine jacket portrait by the Dillons will be a sure hook. (Fiction. 10-14)"
 In the third in the trilogy begun with Last Summer with Maizon (1990), the two Brooklyn eighth-graders are attending a private academy. Read full book review >
MAIZON AT BLUE HILL by Jacqueline Woodson
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Deeply felt and intelligently written, a book that stands fairly well alone, though it is enriched by knowing Maizon's earlier background. (Fiction. 10-14)"
 In the second of a trilogy, Maizon describes her experiences as a scholarship student, one of five blacks at an exclusive girls' school in Connecticut: events offstage in Last Summer with Maizon (1990), which focused on friend Margaret in sixth grade in public school back in Brooklyn. Read full book review >
THE DEAR ONE by Jacqueline Woodson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

 Second-novelist Woodson (the well-received Last Summer with Maison, 1990) gives thoughtful consideration to the impact of a pregnant teenager on the 12-year-old daughter of a friend who takes her in. Read full book review >