Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is an acclaimed American author known for her works of fiction for children and young adults. She has received numerous awards, including the National Book Award and the Newbery Honor.


This list of books are ONLY the books that have been ranked on the lists that are aggregated on this site. This is not a comprehensive list of all books by this author.

  1. 1. Brown Girl Dreaming

    This is a poignant memoir written in verse, detailing the author's childhood as an African-American growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, split between South Carolina and New York. The narrative explores her experiences with segregation, her growing awareness of the civil rights movement, her deep love for storytelling and her gradual understanding of her own identity as a writer. The book provides a powerful portrayal of a girl finding her voice in a time of social and political unrest.

    The 2705th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. If You Come Softly

    The novel is a poignant exploration of an interracial teenage romance in New York City, where two high school students from different worlds fall deeply in love. Despite the instant connection they feel, they must navigate the complexities of their families' expectations and societal prejudices. As they grow closer, they learn about the power of love and the pain of loss, while confronting the harsh realities of race and identity in contemporary America. Their relationship becomes a testament to the endurance of the human spirit and the impact of societal pressures on personal connections.

    The 5424th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Another Brooklyn

    The novel is a poignant exploration of friendship, memory, and loss, set against the backdrop of 1970s Brooklyn. It follows the coming-of-age story of August, an African American girl who, along with her friends Sylvia, Angela, and Gigi, navigates the complexities of adolescence, the harsh realities of their neighborhood, and the unyielding bonds of friendship. As August looks back on her youth from her adult years, the narrative weaves a tapestry of her past experiences, capturing the joy, vulnerability, and resilience of young black girls growing up in a world that often fails to protect them.

    The 7217th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. The Day You Begin

    "The Day You Begin" is a heartfelt picture book that explores the feelings of loneliness, fear, and the courage to be oneself. Through relatable stories and beautiful illustrations, the book encourages readers to embrace their unique identities, celebrate their differences, and find the strength to connect with others, even when it feels difficult. It is a powerful reminder that everyone has a story worth sharing and that true connection begins when we have the courage to step out and be ourselves.

    The 10244th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. Red at the Bone

    "Red at the Bone" is a multi-generational novel that explores the lasting impact of past decisions on the present and future. The story begins at a 16-year-old girl's coming-of-age ceremony in Brooklyn and then delves into the past, revealing the complex histories of her parents and grandparents. The narrative is a powerful exploration of identity, ambition, love, and the ways in which history and personal circumstances can shape a family's life.

    The 10276th Greatest Book of All Time