Brown Girl Dreaming Audiobook, by Jacqueline Woodson Play Audiobook Sample

Brown Girl Dreaming Audiobook

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Read By: Jacqueline Woodson Publisher: Listening Library Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 2.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 2.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: August 2014 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780698182943

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04:25 minutes

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13 seconds

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01:16 minutes

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Publisher Description

Jacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.   Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.   Praise for Jacqueline Woodson: Ms. Woodson writes with a sure understanding of the thoughts of young people, offering a poetic, eloquent narrative that is not simply a story . . . but a mature exploration of grown-up issues and self-discovery.”—The New York Times Book Review

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“Jacqueline Woodson’s linked poems weave scenes of political change while growing up amid the Civil Rights movement and scenes of personal upheaval upon moving from her grandparents’ peaceful South Carolina home to Brooklyn. Her voice is wistful and dreamy as she savors rich sensory memories…Her narration is a testament to the emotional power of words and how, even as a child, she knew she possessed that power. ‘Stories are like air to me,’ Woodson says. ‘I breathe them in and breathe them out, again and again.’ Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

— AudioFile 


  • “[A] rich and elegant memoir in verse.”

    — New York Times Book Review
  • “The writer’s passion for stories and storytelling permeates the memoir, explicitly addressed in her early attempts to write books and implicitly conveyed through her sharp images and poignant observations seen through the eyes of a child. Woodson’s ability to listen and glean meaning from what she hears lead to an astute understanding of her surroundings, friends, and family.”

    — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “[Woodson’s] memoir in verse is a marvel, as it turns deeply felt remembrances of Woodson’s preadolescent life into art…Her mother cautions her not to write about her family but, happily, many years later, she has and the result is both elegant and eloquent, a haunting book about memory that is itself altogether memorable.”

    — Booklist (starred review)
  • “Mesmerizing journey through [Woodson’s] early years…Her perspective on the volatile era in which she grew up is thoughtfully expressed in powerfully effective verse…With exquisite metaphorical verse Woodson weaves a patchwork of her life experience…that covers readers with a warmth and sensitivity no child should miss.”

    — School Library Journal (starred review)
  • “Woodson cherishes her memories and shares them with a graceful lyricism; her lovingly wrought vignettes of country and city streets will linger long after the page is turned. For every dreaming girl (and boy) with a pencil in hand (or keyboard) and a story to share.”

    — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “A memoir-in-verse so immediate that readers will feel they are experiencing the author’s childhood right along with her…The poetry here sings: specific, lyrical, and full of imagery. An extraordinary—indeed brilliant—portrait of a writer as a young girl.”

    — Horn Book (starred review)
  • “Eager readers and budding writers will particularly see themselves in the young protagonist and recognize her reveling in the luxury of the library and unfettered delight in words…A story of the ongoing weaving of a family tapestry, the following of an individual thread through a gorgeous larger fabric, with the tacit implication that we’re all traversing such rich landscapes. It will make young readers consider where their own threads are taking them.”

    — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)


  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Young People's Literature
  • An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year for 2014
  • A 2014 New York Times Book Review Notable Book for Children
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • Winner of the 2015 Coretta Scott King Award

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About Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson, named national Young People’s Poet Laureate, is a multiple-award-winning author of more than two dozen acclaimed books for young adults, middle graders, and children. She won the 2019 Indie Champion Award for advocacy of independent bookstores. Among her many other honors are the National Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, the NAACP Image Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, among others. She is the 2018 winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for “substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.” She was the 2013 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award.