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Reading Together 2021 — Celebrating Story

Featuring Author Jacqueline Woodson

photo of Jacqueline WoodsonEvery year, Kalamazoo residents gather together to read and discuss the themes of one book. This year, however, instead of focusing on one book, KPL has selected an award-winning author, Jacqueline Woodson, who has written dozens of books for children, teens, and adults alike. This way, people of all ages can come together as a community and celebrate story.


Celebrate Story with Us!

Thank you to everyone in the community who helped us celebrate story by submitting a video. Please enjoy our video compilation.

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And finally, to encourage the creation of story by community members of all ages, we are pleased to collaborate with the Fetzer Institute in giving away customized writing journals, complete with prompts inspired by Woodson’s books. Request a Create Story journal when you pick up your materials using Curbside KPL.

About the Author

Jacqueline Woodson is the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, middle graders, children, and now adults. Woodson was the 2020 recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Award and is a 2020 MacArthur Fellow. Among her many other accolades, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a three-time National Book Award finalist, and a three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. She was named Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation in 2015 and was also named the 2018 Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress.


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