Greenwich Library is thrilled to welcome highly acclaimed, award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson to the Library’s virtual AuthorsLive series. Woodson is the author of several children’s books, including the poignant picture book The Day You Begin
, an inspiring story about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone, and Brown Girl Dreaming
, winner of the National Book Award and a Newbery Honor winner. Her most recent novel, Red at the Bone
, was published in September by Penguin Random House and was a New York Times
Bestseller and Notable Book of the Year.
Join us as this incredible writer reads from one of her beloved books and discusses how she writes for various audiences, as well as how and why she chooses her themes. She will be in conversation with local Stamford author and long-time educator Valerie Bolling, whose first picture book for children, Let’s Dance
, was recently published to great fanfare by Boyds Mills & Kane.
Woodson is the recipient of numerous accolades and awards for her writing. She is the recipient of the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award, the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and the 2018 Children’s Literature Legacy Award, and she was the 2018–2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Her New York Times
bestselling memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming
, won the National Book Award, as well as the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor, and the NAACP Image Award. Her adult book, Red at the Bone
, was a New York Times
bestseller, and Another Brooklyn
was a 2016 National Book Award finalist. Her dozens of books for young readers include New York Times
bestseller Harbor Me
, Newbery Honor winners Feathers
, Show Way
, and After Tupac & D Foster
, and the picture books Each Kindness
and of course The Day You Begin
, which both won the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award.
Bolling has been a Greenwich Public Schools educator for 27 years. Having found it difficult to find diverse books for children, she became passionate about creating stories in which all children can see themselves and feel seen and heard, valued, and validated. A graduate of Tufts University and Columbia University, Teachers College, Bolling currently works as an Instructional Coach, and in addition to writing picture books, she writes a Monthly Memo for teachers that she publishes on Twitter. She has been published in The National Writing Project’s Quarterly and NESCBWI News. During the COVID-19 crisis, she did many Storytime visits, including one with Greenwich Library that can be viewed on the Library’s YouTube page.
AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. For more information, visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/authorslive.