This is a National Book Award Winner. It is also won numerous other awards such as a Newberry Honor and Coretta Scott King Award.
In honor of April being National Poetry Month I decided to read a book of poetry. I must say that I am incredibly glad to have chosen Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming. She shares with her readers the insightful view of an African american woman who grew in both the South and the North during the civil rights movement. I think this is a perspective that everyone could benefit from, it definitely provides a paradigm shift for those of us who can’t really relate to being African american, having race struggles or being persecuted against. But this book was so much more than even that. Ms. Woodson talks about coming to age, life struggles and finding her own voice. And she does that beautifully, powerfully, emotionally using a very easy to read autobiographical poetry that makes you both want to devour her verse and stop to savor it. The free verse style draws its reader into the story and thoroughly captivates them.
While this book of poems is geared towards the “middle reader” I’m willing to bet that readers clear up through adulthood will find joy, heart ache and clearer understanding in Brown Girl Dreaming. I’m especially eager to put this book in the hands of young girls and women who don’t feel “good enough” or like they “fit in”. There are encouraging lessons to be gleaned from the pages of this book. Lessons that can resonate deep in the soul. Brown Girl Rising is 337 pages long, its AR level is 5.3 and it is worth 5 Points.
Happy National Poetry Month.