Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
(Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014, 336 pages)
I had been wanting to read Brown Girl Dreaming ever since I learned that it won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. This memoir written in verse is Woodson’s beautiful description of her family history and her youth. Woodson’s story also serves as a representation of the larger history of how black people existed in the United States in the early 20th century through the Civil Rights era. I thought this was beautifully done and definitely thought it deserved all the praise it received.
Sometimes the idea of a book in verse can turn people off, but I think after the first few pages you’ll be surprised at how easily you adapt to the format. This is marketed as a Young Adult title but I think it has broad appeal. I definitely recommend it.
This could be a perfect book for the month of April: National Poetry Month!