Jacqueline Woodson’s latest picture book is The Day You Begin. TIME for Kids talked with her about her work.
Question: When did you become a writer?
Answer: I started writing when I was 7 years old. My first book was a collection collection RIDVAN_CELIK—GETTY IMAGES a group of poems or stories brought together in one book (noun) Maryanne is working on a collection of stories. of poems about butterflies.
Q: Where did you get the idea for The Day You Begin?
A: The story was based on my great-great-grandfather. He was the only black student in his classroom. It is about the way we can walk into a room and feel like we don’t belong belong DON NICHOLS—GETTY IMAGES to be in the correct place (verb) The milk belongs in the fridge. there.
Q: Where do you write down your ideas?
A: I used to write on my hand! But now there is always a notebook nearby nearby LAWRENCE SAWYER—GETTY IMAGES close by; not far away (adverb) My best friend lives nearby. .
Q: Why do you like writing books for children?
A: I have always written for children because I think kids are important, thoughtful thoughtful HENGLEIN AND STREETS/GETTY IMAGES known for careful thinking; deep in thought (adjective) I like asking my older brother for advice because he is very thoughtful. , and smart.
Did You Know?
Woodson is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. She received the honor in 2018 from Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress.