Jacqueline Woodson

more photos (1)

Smith A...
1,188 books | 70 friends

Sharyn ...
92 books | 706 friends

1,619 books | 1,010 friends

7,361 books | 276 friends

Margo J...
7,102 books | 652 friends

172 books | 93 friends

Deb (Re...
6,095 books | 2,844 friends

Carol T...
4,315 books | 765 friends

More friends…

Jacqueline Woodson

Goodreads Author

in Columbus, Ohio, The United States


Member Since
June 2013

I used to say I’d be a teacher or a lawyer or a hairdresser when I grew up but even as I said these things, I knew what made me happiest was writing.

I wrote on everything and everywhere. I remember my uncle catching me writing my name in graffiti on the side of a building. (It was not pretty for me when my mother found out.) I wrote on paper bags and my shoes and denim binders. I chalked stories across sidewalks and penciled tiny tales in notebook margins. I loved and still love watching words flower into sentences and sentences blossom into stories.

I also told a lot of stories as a child. Not “Once upon a time” stories but basically, outright lies. I loved lying and getting away with it! There was something about telling the lie-story and

To ask Jacqueline Woodson questions, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Jacqueline Woodson I love everything about being a writer. Right now, the best thing is winning the National Book Award and being able to work in my pajamas!
Jacqueline Woodson No such thing. It's actually fear that you're battling but people thought it was okay to give it a different name -- mainly because they were afraid t…moreNo such thing. It's actually fear that you're battling but people thought it was okay to give it a different name -- mainly because they were afraid to call it what it really is -- Fear. I try to live my life without being afraid of what people will think or say and as a result, I am able to write.(less)
Average rating: 4.05 · 286,596 ratings · 42,205 reviews · 77 distinct worksSimilar authors
Brown Girl Dreaming

4.11 avg rating — 76,316 ratings — published 2014 — 25 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Red at the Bone

4.01 avg rating — 56,231 ratings — published 2019 — 25 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Another Brooklyn

3.88 avg rating — 31,653 ratings — published 2016 — 35 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Harbor Me

4.25 avg rating — 9,492 ratings — published 2018 — 15 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Other Side

4.51 avg rating — 8,047 ratings — published 2001 — 4 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Before the Ever After

4.17 avg rating — 7,928 ratings — published 2020 — 8 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Day You Begin

4.54 avg rating — 6,687 ratings — published 2018 — 9 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Each Kindness

4.43 avg rating — 6,670 ratings — published 2012 — 4 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
If You Come Softly

4.06 avg rating — 9,616 ratings — published 1998 — 34 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 6,458 ratings — published 2003 — 27 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Jacqueline Woodson…
If You Come Softly Behind You
(2 books)
4.07 avg rating — 10,916 ratings

Locomotion Peace, Locomotion
(2 books)
4.00 avg rating — 8,295 ratings

Lena I Hadn't Meant to Tell You ...
(2 books)
3.91 avg rating — 1,628 ratings

Last Summer with Maizon Maizon at Blue Hill Between Madison and Palmetto
(3 books)
3.82 avg rating — 706 ratings

Related News

Need another excuse to treat yourself to a new book this week? We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. To create our...
41 likes · 7 comments
The Great Migration was the movement of six million African Americans out of the South to urban areas in the Northeast, Midwest, and West between...
45 likes · 4 comments
February is African American History Month, which is the perfect opportunity to expand your reading horizons. Of course, there are the classic...
123 likes · 46 comments

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events.

Jacqueline’s Recent Updates

“Even the silence
has a story to tell you.
Just listen. Listen.”
Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming

“But on paper, things can live forever.
On paper, a butterfly
never dies.”
Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming

“I believe in one day and someday and this perfect moment called Now.”
Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming


~*Going Green Seeing Gold*~ March's Group Read

Gold Books

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins by Suzanne Collins

goodreads summary-Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
  32 votes 26.2%

The Host
The Host (The Host, #1) by Stephenie Meyer by Stephenie Meyer

goodreads summary-Now in the trade paperback edition:
New Bonus Chapter and Reading Group Guide, including Stephenie Meyer's Annotated Playlist for the book.

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, didn't expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she's never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.

Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, THE HOSTis a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human.
  16 votes 13.1%

I Am Number Four

I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, #1) by Pittacus Lore by Pittacus Lore

goodreads summary-n the beginning they were a group of nine. Nine aliens who left their home planet of Lorien when it fell under attack by the evil Mogadorian. Nine aliens who scattered on Earth. Nine aliens who look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but who have extraordinary, paranormal skills. Nine aliens who might be sitting next to you now.

The Nine had to separate and go into hiding. The Mogadorian caught Number One in Malaysia, Number Two in England, and Number Three in Kenya. All of them were killed. John Smith, of Paradise, Ohio, is Number Four. He knows that he is next.

I AM NUMBER FOUR is the thrilling launch of a series about an exceptional group of teens as they struggle to outrun their past, discover their future—and live a normal life on Earth.

  16 votes 13.1%

Graceling by Kristin Cashore by Kristin Cashore

goodreads summary-Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight — she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme, and in her case horrifying, skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug. When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.
She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace — or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away... a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.
  15 votes 12.3%

The Seven Rays
The Seven Rays by Jessica Bendinger by Jessica Bendinger

goodreads summary-You are more than you think you are.

THAT IS THE ANONYMOUS MESSAGE that Beth Michaels receives right before she starts seeing things. Not just a slept-through my-alarm-clock, late-for-homeroom, haven't had-my-caffeine-fix kind of seeing things. It all starts with some dots, annoying pink dots that pop up on and over her mom and her best friend's face. But then things get out of control and Beth is seeing people's pasts, their fears, their secrets, their desires. The images are coming at Beth in hi-def streaming video and she can't stop it. Everyone thinks she's crazy and she's pretty sure she agrees with them. But crazy doesn't explain the gold envelopes that have started arriving, containing seeing keys and mysterious tarot cards. To Beth, it all seems too weird to be true. You are more than you think you are? But here's the thing: What if she is?

The creator of Bring it On, Jessica Bendiner, brings her teen savvy writing to this paranormal romance, The Seven Rays.
  14 votes 11.5%

Eon: Rise of the Dragoneye

Eon Rise of the Dragoneye by Alison Goodman by Alison Goodman

goodreads summary-Eon has been studying the ancient art of Dragon Magic for four years, hoping he'll be able to apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune. But he also has a dark secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been living a dangerous lie for the change to become a Dragoneye, the human link to an energy dragon's power. It is forbidden for females to practice the Dragon Magic and if discovered Eon faces a terrible death.
  8 votes 6.6%

Looking Glass Wars
The Looking Glass Wars (Looking Glass Wars, #1) by Frank Beddor by Frank Beddor

goodreads summary-Alyss Heart can't stand that "master of fantasy" bunk; she knows that Lewis Carroll was nothing more than an incompetent reporter. After she generously shared her Wonderland experiences with this fledgling author, he totally botched the retelling, even mangling her name. Alyss, however, refuses to merely grouse; she and royal bodyguard Hatter Madigan decide to make another emergency excursion down the rabbit hole, opening our eyes to parallel realms that prim Rev. Dodgson never imagined. A refreshing take on a Victorian classic.
  8 votes 6.6%

Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast
Beauty A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley by Robin McKinley

goodreads summary-A strange imprisonment...
Beauty has never liked her nickname. She is thin and awkward; it is her two sisters who are the beautiful ones. But what she lacks in looks, she can perhaps make up for in courage.
When her father comes home with the tale of an enchanted castle in the forest and the terrible promise he had to make to the Beast who lives there, Beauty knows she must go to the castle, a prisoner of her own free will. Her father protests that he will not let her go, but she answers, "Cannot a Beast be tamed?"
Robin McKinley's beloved telling illuminates the unusual love story of a most unlikely couple, Beauty and the Beast.
  4 votes 3.3%

The Book Of Lost Things
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly by John Connolly
[image error]

goodreads summary-High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own -- populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things.
Taking readers on a vivid journey through the loss of innocence into adulthood and beyond, New York Times bestselling author John Connolly tells a dark and compelling tale that reminds us of the enduring power of stories in our lives.
  4 votes 3.3%

Hourglass Door
The Hourglass Door (Hourglass Door Trilogy, #1) by Lisa Mangum by Lisa Mangum

goodreads summary-His past. Her future. Can love bring them together in time?Abby's senior year of high school is textbook perfect: She has a handsome and attentive boyfriend, good friends, good grades, and plans to attend college next year. But when she meets Dante Alexander, a foreign-exchange student from Italy, her life suddenly takes a different turn. He's mysterious, and interesting, and unlike anyone she's ever met before. Abby can't deny the growing attraction she feels for him. Nor can she deny the unusual things that seem to happen when Dante is around. Time behaves differently when they are together - traveling too fast or too slow or sometimes seeming to stop altogether. When the band Zero Hour performs at the local hangout, Abby realizes that there's something dangerous about the lead singer, Zo, and his band mates, Tony and V. Oddly, the three of them are also from Italy and have a strange relationship to Dante. They also hold a bizarre influence over their audience when performing. And Abby's best friend, Valerie, is caught in their snare. Dante tells Abby the truth of his past: he once worked for Leonardo Da Vinci, helping to design and build a time machine. When Dante was falsely implicated as a traitor to his country, he was sent through the machine more than five hundred years into the future as punishment. As the past and the present collide, Abby learns that she holds a special power over the flow of time itself. She and Dante must stop Zo from opening the time machine's door and endangering everyone's future. More than one life is at stake and Abby's choice could change everything.
  3 votes 2.5%

One Day
One Day by David Nicholls by David Nicholls

goodreads summary-Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows? Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY. From the author of the massive bestseller STARTER FOR TEN.
  2 votes 1.6%

Once by Morris Gleitzman by Morris Gleitzman

[image error]

goodreads summary-Once I escaped from an orphanage to find Mum and Dad. Once I saved a girl called Zelda from a burning house. Once I made a Nazi with a toothache laugh.

My name is Felix. This is my story.

A story of children in the Holocaust, Once is poignant and powerful without being frightening or graphic. With his gentle and utterly alive manner, Gleitzman reads the tale of Felix, a Jewish boy who runs away from the convent where his parents had him hidden and roams the countryside with an orphaned girl until they find their way to the cellar of a print shop in the Warsaw ghetto, where an old dentist has been protecting lost children.
  0 votes 0.0%

Beauty by Sheri S. Tepper by Sheri S. Tepper

goodreads summary-With the critically acclaimed novels The Gate To Women's Country, Raising The Stones, and the Hugo-nominated Grass, Sheri Tepper has established herself as one of the major science fiction writers of out Time. In Beauty, she broadens her territory even further, with a novel that evokes all the richness of fairy tale and fable. Drawing on the wellspring of tales such as "Sleeping Beauty," Beauty is a moving novel of love and loss, hope and despair, magic and nature. Set against a backdrop both enchanted and frightening, the story begins with a wicked aunt's curse that will afflict a young woman named Beauty on her sixteenth birthday. Though Beauty is able to sidestep tragedy, she soon finds herself embarked on an adventure of vast consequences. For it becomes clear that the enchanted places of this fantastic world--a place not unlike our own--are in danger and must be saved before it is too late.
  0 votes 0.0%

Behind You
Behind You by Jacqueline Woodson by Jacqueline Woodson

goodreads summary-After fifteen-year-old Jeremiah is mistakenly shot by police, the people who love him struggle to cope with their loss as they recall his life and death, unaware that 'Miah is watching over them.
  0 votes 0.0%

122 total votes

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
The Next Best Boo...: OFFICIAL SPRING CHALLENGE - 2009 6412 8858 Jun 14, 2009 02:57PM  
Mock Newbery 2022: Local Mock Newbery Results 10 226 Jan 25, 2010 05:39PM  
The Seasonal Read...: This topic has been closed to new comments. WINTER CHALLENGE 2009-2010 COMPLETED TASKS 3151 3205 Feb 28, 2010 09:02PM  
The Seasonal Read...: Winter 2009 - Tasks, Questions, Scores, etc. 388 438 Mar 01, 2010 08:16AM  
Young at Heart: Favorite Young Adult Authors 22 190 Mar 14, 2010 03:59PM  
Room 107, Period 2: Three books for the holidays 29 44 Dec 13, 2010 10:59AM  
Pick-a-Shelf: Luann's YOU CHOOSE Challenge 51 69 Dec 31, 2010 05:15PM  
Wild Things: YA G...: Reading Challenge #7 - Report Points Here 498 212 Apr 14, 2011 09:58PM  

No comments have been added yet.