Bexley, Ohio, July 30, 2015—Bexley Community Book Club (BCBC), a program of the Bexley Education Foundation, announced today that its 2016 Selected Author is bestselling children’s and young adult author Jacqueline Woodson. The winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, Woodson was recently named the Poetry Foundation’s Young People’s Poet Laureate for 2015 and is a four-time Newbery Honor medalist. During her December 1, 2016 visit, Woodson will spend time with Bexley students during the day and give a community presentation in the evening at Bexley High School.
BCBC’s Community Partner, the Bexley Public Library, will produce and host several literary events prior to Ms. Woodson’s visit, offering the community opportunities to explore her work. Ms. Woodson’s presentation at Bexley High School at 7:30 p.m. on December 1 will be open to the public and free of charge, thanks to the exclusive sponsorship of Giant Eagle.
The later 2016 date, a departure for BCBC, will allow time for the Bexley faculty to develop a year-long curriculum for students, starting this fall. “Ms. Woodson’s writing themes are incredibly timely—she addresses issues of race, gender and class, as well as family and history,” said Linda Kass, Founder and Chair of Bexley Community Book Club. “Her books carry messages of hope and overcoming obstacles that will guide the units of study for Bexley students in grades K-8 to be developed by our teachers and librarians.”
“Students respond very powerfully to author visits, and when it is an author who can connect to a variety of individuals for a multitude of reasons and whose work aligns so beautifully with district goals centered around multicultural, social, and emotional topics, then it is a wonderful opportunity for all involved,” said Bexley Middle School librarian Rachel Riegler. “Having students connect with an author of Woodson’s magnitude, who demonstrates the beauty of words, the power of voice, and strength in her themes, drives home these ideas.”
Jacqueline Woodson is the 2014 National Book Award Winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming. The author of more than two dozen books for young readers, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a recipient of the NAACP Image Award, a three-time National Book Award finalist, a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and was recently named the Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation.
Woodson’s books include The Other Side, Each Kindness, Beneath a Meth Moon, which is currently being adapted for the screen by Jonathan Demme, the Caldecott Honor Book Coming On Home Soon, Feathers, and Miracle’s Boys, which received the L.A. Times Book Prize and was adapted into a miniseries directed by Spike Lee. She has received four Newbery Honors for the books Brown Girl Dreaming, After Tupac & D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way.
Woodson, who was born in Columbus and grew up in Greenville, NC, writes about characters from a variety of races, ethnicities, and social classes. Woodson’s books also feature strong female characters and she often writes about friendship between girls. “I can’t write about nice, easy topics because that won’t change the world. And I do want to change the world—one reader at a time,” says Woodson. For a more complete biography, click here.
About the Bexley Community Book Club
Now in its ninth year, Bexley Community Book Club (BCBC) is a yearlong community read of the works of a Selected Author. Since its inception, BCBC has gained recognition in the Midwest as a premier literary program that attracts prominent writers at the height of their careers. Past Selected Authors include James McBride (2015), Russell Banks (2014), Jennifer Egan (2013), Jonathan Safran Foer (2012), Billy Collins (2011), Ann Patchett (2010), Tobias Wolff (2009), and Pete Hamill (2008).
About the Bexley Education Foundation
The Bexley Education Foundation (BEF) was founded on the belief that excellent public schools are essential to the economic and social health of the communities they serve. To that end, BEF supports educational initiatives that enhance excellence in the Bexley City Schools. To date, BEF has provided more than $4 million in grants to the Bexley schools. For more information on the Bexley Education Foundation, contact the BEF office at (614) 338-2093 or visit www.bexleyeducationfoundation.org
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