Jacqueline Woodson

Young Adult Author

Birthday February 12, 1963

Birth Sign Aquarius

Birthplace Ohio

Age 61 years old

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American author whose work is notable for its themes of racial and sexual identity. Among her most acclaimed books is 2014's Brown Girl Dreaming, which received the National Book Award, Newbery Medal and NAACP Image Award. 

Before Fame

She studied Drama at Howard University and received her B.A. in English from Adelphi University in 1985. 


Her novel Miracle's Boys was adapted into a six-part miniseries directed by Spike Lee, LaVar Burton, and others in 2002. She has received countless awards, including the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2020.

Family Life

She has a daughter named Toshi Georgianna and a son named Jackson-Lero.

Associated With

She has cited the work of novelist Toni Morrison as a key influence.