28 May 2015

One School, One Book: Brown Girl Dreaming

Next school year, ASD will have a great opportunity to share Jacqueline Woodson’s 2014 National Book Award winner, Brown Girl Dreaming in a school-wide reading event, One School, One Book. 

In addition, we will celebrate Woodson's Newbery Honor picture book, Show Way, as a supplemental reading experience that will include even our youngest readers.

One School, One Book is a program designed to create a shared reading experience within a school community. Each grade level across the school will participate in voluntary activities to promote and enrich the shared reading experience.

The goals for ASD's One School, One Book event are to celebrate literacy, build community, encourage intergenerational conversation and promote our Visiting Author Program.

ASD students in Grades 4 through 12, staff and parents are encouraged to read Brown Girl Dreaming in anticipation of Jacqueline Woodson’s visit. In addition, we we encourage all of our community to read Show Way. We plan to offer a range of opportunities to allow community members to engage in discussion about these powerful stories.

Brown Girl Dreaming, recipient of the Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Award as well as the National Book Award for 2014, tells the story of Jacqueline's childhood, in verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, she shares a poetic memoir of growing up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Jacqueline reflects on finding her voice through writing stories, despite struggling with reading as a child.

Show Way is also based on Jacqueline's family history. "Show Ways”, or quilts, once served as secret maps for freedom-seeking slaves. This is the story of seven generations of girls and women who were quilters and artists and freedom fighters.

The libraries will have multiple copies of Brown Girl Dreaming and Show Way for check out and for sale next school year. Alternatively, community members can pick up their own copy over the summer. Stayed tuned for more information on how to participate in our One Book, One School event.

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