RSVP for Boogie Down Book Club on April 20
In celebration of National Poetry Month, join us over lunch for a lively discussion of Jacqueline Woodson's National Book Award- and Newbery Honor-winning memoir in verse, BROWN GIRL DREAMING!

Saturday, April 20
Mottley Kitchen
402 E. 140 St. @ Willis Ave., Mott Haven, South Bronx

* Free and open to the public
* Middle-grade & YA readers of all ages welcome
* RSVP required
* Space limited
* Book available at:
* No purchase necessary
* Food and beverages available for sale from Mottley Kitchen

Keep reading for more information about the book, the author, and our book club, and scroll down to RSVP. Any questions? Visit us at or email us at

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About the Book
Jacqueline Woodson's National Book Award and Newbery Honor winner, now available in paperback with 7 all-new poems.

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

A President Obama "O" Book Club pick

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.

Includes 7 new poems, including "Brown Girl Dreaming".

About the Author
National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

Jacqueline Woodson ( is the 2014 National Book Award Winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor Award, the NAACP Image Award and the Sibert Honor Award. Woodson was recently named the Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. She is the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, middle graders and children; among her many accolades, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a three-time National Book Award finalist, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. Her books include The Other Side, Each Kindness, the Caldecott Honor Book Coming on Home Soon; the Newbery Honor winners Feathers, Show Way, and After Tupac and D Foster, and Miracle’s Boys which received the LA Times Book Prize and the Coretta Scott King Award and was adapted into a miniseries directed by Spike Lee. Jacqueline is also the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement for her contributions to young adult literature, the winner of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, the 2013 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, a 2016 National Book Award finalist for her adult novel Another Brooklyn, and received the 2018 Children's Literature Legacy Award. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

Where to Find the Book
No purchase is necessary, and BROWN GIRL DREAMING is currently available at libraries city-wide (

It's also available at the Boogie Down Books pop-up bookshop at Mottley Kitchen as well as our online store:

If you do choose to buy from Boogie Down Books, you're supporting a new small business that's bringing more books to kids in the Bronx, a community without a children's bookstore for its 600,000 residents under the age of 18. Your purchase will support people, not algorithms. Thank you for helping us promote youth and community literacy in the Bronx!

About Boogie Down Book Club
Boogie Down Book Club is a Bronx-based book club for teens and adults who love young adult literature. We read recently released books that appeal to YA readers of all ages and that are reflective of the backgrounds, experiences, and identities of our community. We seek to promote empathy, understanding, and a lifelong love of reading by bringing together teens and adults from varied walks of life around a shared passion for books.

We meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 11:30am at Mottley Kitchen. Meetings are free and open to the public, but RSVP is required and space is limited.

Unless otherwise noted, authors will not be joining us.

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