Jacqueline Woodson, moments before taking the stage!
Jacqueline Woodson is an amazingly accomplished and celebated author, of picture books, middle grade and Young Adult novels. She's won a ton of awards - and deserves every one of 'em! As Lin said in her introduction, if we read off all her awards there would be no time left for her to speak!
Jacqueline has a way with words that can make you laugh, and cry, and think...
She has a way with words...
The first door we close is to shut out the negative voices of others
And after Jacqueline had a few books out, she had to close the door to the other demands on her time. She had to respect her own time to write, to claim the time, because
"I have a right to tell my story"
And yes, each of us has a right to tell our stories.
--Posted by Lee Wind