24 Feb 2016

One School, One Book: Show Way and Brown Girl Dreaming

Many students, teachers and parents across our ASD community are reading Jacqueline Woodson’s 2014 National Book Award winner, Brown Girl Dreaming in a school-wide reading event, One School, One Book. In addition, we are celebrating Woodson's Newbery Honor picture book, Show Way, as a supplemental reading experience including even our youngest readers.

One School, One Book is a program designed to create a shared reading experience. The goals are to celebrate literacy, build community and encourage intergenerational conversation about great books. We are building up to our upcoming Visiting Authors program, March 13-24, with both Jacqueline Woodson and Steve Jenkins joining us as authors in residence.

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, artists, storytellers and freedom fighters.

The libraries have multiple copies of Brown Girl Dreaming and Show Way for check out and for sale. Why not watch the Weston Woods version of Show Way with Jacqueline Woodson reading her own story?

See the link to BookFlix below. Remember ASD Libraries subscribe to BookFlix, so the usual login and password apply. See the eResources page for a reminder.

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