Yesterday our Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary students got to listen to Jacqueline Woodson in our library. Author of over 30 books, Woodson enchanted and inspired students about writing. I could see in the faces of those assembled that students were taking in all that she had to offer. A multiple Newbery Honor and Caldecott Honor winner, Woodson recited chapters from memory from her books. The students and I loved it when she read from her picture book, Show Way holding the book for all to view while she recited word-for-word the rich history of her family.
My own read of her books Maizon at Blue Hill and If You Come Softly confirmed for me her gift as a writer and an author who understands the world of young adult readers.