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Thriving Despite Adversity: Brown Girl Dreaming

3 Jun

brown girl dreaming
One would think that authors have to speak as many words as possible to get their point through, but often with poetry it is finding just the right words. In the case of these authors, one can see that there are many different ways to express one’s thoughts. Here is a memoir in verse by Jacqueline Woodson, you should take note of. The book, Brown Girl Dreaming, will appeal to patrons that are from elementary school age to adulthood. Each poem is written in verse and, therefore, a great way to teach people to take in their environments in ways that Woodson has learned exquisitely.

Jacqueline Woodson is an author of 40+ books and the recipient of the National Young People’s Literature Award. One would have thought that she was an avid reader and writer as a child, but that wasn’t the case for Woodson. Her sister ended up being the reader in the family. Jacqueline Woodson had trouble reading due to her dyslexia. One thing that stood with her that helped her become an accomplished author is her ability to take in her surroundings. Through this memoir in verse, she spoke about her life growing up in the South and moving to Brooklyn, New York. She gives vivid insight and imagery through her words. The reader cannot help but be charmed by Woodson’s description of her early life and how she became the author that she is today despite the adversity that was in her way.

You can borrow Brown Girl Dreaming from eBCCLS and eLibraryNJ!  If you love this book, Brown Girl Dreaming was previously featured on our ultimate book lovers list for kids and parents and great books in verse list, check out these previous blogs for more great ideas to read!

Written by:
Elbie Love
YA Library Associate

“Pending your own happy ending.-you’ll get there:” The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace  

20 May

the princess saves herself in this one
Want to get into reading more Poetry…than look no further. The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace is about the author’s personal experience dealing with abuse in silence. This book is about getting in touch with the author’s deeper feelings of abuse. Lovelace is obviously the princess and she has to save herself. The book is broken up into four sections: the princess, the damsel, the queen, and you. Each section or chapter if you will, talks about a variety of topics such as abuse, grief, death, and self-love. There are different types of abuse that are considered “sensitive material.” So, for those of you who think this book will not be for you, you should give it a try. The author’s words will change your mind. It will change your perspective on how to self-love and how to deal with abuse. It’s not just a book to read but, a book that gives you a raw look into how to deal with one’s many emotions.  So, if your home and have some free time, download the free Hoopla app and read the E-book version.  You can learn more about all of our ebook options here.  And if you missed our Monday post, take a look were my colleague discussed some of Lovelace’s other books.

Written By:
Michelle Valle
Circulation Assistant

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