U.S.A. / 2014
Brown Girl Dreaming is Woodson's stunningly poetic autobiography. Through a series of tender and evocative free verse poems, she stitches together her experiences growing up in the South and moving to New York City. It is a tale of family, of loss and coming of age. It is also a kunstlerroman, as we see how Woodson came to develop her keen insight for words and writing. This bestselling book won the National Book Award, the Newbery Honor Award and the Coretta Scott King Award. It is a truly amazing piece of writing.