How to Bring Jacqueline Woodson to Your Classroom This December

Photo credit: Juna F. Nagle, New York Times

Would you like acclaimed poet and author Jacqueline Woodson to come speak to your class? Now is your chance!

First Book is working with The Children’s Book Council and Every Child A Reader so you and your class can have a live author experience with Ms. Woodson.


Two FREE webinar sessions will be live on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018.

The first session is for kindergarten through 4th grade, and it will run from 11 a.m. to noon (EST). Older kids (grades 5-10) can watch the second session, which will be from  1 – 2 p.m. (EST).


Kids and young people will hear from Ms. Woodson about how she creates stories and her belief that books can “drive change and instill hope” in young people. She will discuss her new books The Day You Begin for the younger group and Harbor Me for the older group.

She will be tailoring her presentation for kids in the appropriate age group for each session. We encourage you to tune in as a class to enjoy the virtual visit.


To join us, RSVP to sign your class or program up! The presentation is a live stream through the free Zoom online platform. You won’t need a web camera for this presentation, but you may want a large screen or projector so your kids can all see Ms. Woodson.

RSVP for the first session.

RSVP for the second session.


Jacqueline Woodson won the National Book Award in 2014 for her memoir in verse, Brown Girl Dreaming. She also has received four Newbery Honors, two Coretta Scott King Awards, and the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement for her contributions to young adult literature. She currently serves as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, an honor co-created by the Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader.

Find Jacqueline Woodson’s books on the First Book Marketplace.