Books 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 >
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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.). The middle child in the county's only mixed-race family, Evangeline defiantly changed her name years ago to Staggerlee, after the anti-hero in a ballad, but the finger-pointing has driven her within herself, leaving her friendless and lonely—lonelier still for the memory of the pleasure she took in kissing a girl in grade school. Read full book review >

FROM THE NOTEBOOKS OF MELANIN SUN by Jacqueline Woodson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1995

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). Melanin Sun, 13, is unpleasantly surprised when Encanta Cedar's latest dinner guest turns out to be a woman—and a white woman to boot; that's nothing compared to his dismay when Encanta, after much sighing and hesitation, reveals that they are lovers. Read full book review >

AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A FAMILY PHOTO by Jacqueline Woodson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 1995

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. Early on, the unnamed narrator's older sister, Angel, claims that with a little effort their family could be like the Brady Bunch, but the text slowly reveals how far that is from the truth. 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

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

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. Afeni (Swahili for ``Dear One'') is still coping with her grandmother's death and her parents' divorce when her mother invites Rebecca, 15, daughter of a childhood friend who now lives in Harlem, to share their suburban home until her baby is born. Read full book review >