Woodson, J. (2014). Brown girl dreaming. New York: Penguin Group USA.
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Once again, this a book that caught my interest because it’s an award winner. In 2014, Jacqueline Woodson won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. The book was also awarded the Coretta Scott King Award for Author, as well as a Newbery Honor. Poetry isn’t my favorite genre. I took a poetry writing class in college, and it just didn’t click with me. However, seeing as I’ve never actually read a verse novel, I decided to give it a try.
It’s hard for me to talk about this book. I’m very glad that an #OwnVoices diverse book like this is so popular. Maybe I’m just really not a poetry person, because this book just didn’t pull me in like I hoped it would. Still, I recognize the value of this book and would definitely put it in both a children’s and young adult collection. With diverse books making up most of the banned books in the U.S. but still making up only a very small percentage of the publishing market, books like these are necessary.
Lai, T. (2011). Inside out and back again. New York: HarperCollins.
A young girl describes her experiences leaving Vietnam and resettling in Alabama in 1975.
Shared appeal terms: Multicultural, novels in verse, nonfiction, historical fiction. Found on the NoveList database.