Jaqueline Woodson was born in Columbus, OH and spent her childhood in both Greenville, SC and Brooklyn. She majored in English at Adephi University. Woodson writes books for children and adolescents, and her work is usually defined by themes such as race, gender, class and family. She is interested in writing from unseen perspectives, and the politics of emerging adolescent identities. She is best known for Brown Girl Dreaming, which won the NAACP Image Award, the National Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Award and a Newbery Honor in 2014. Her novel, Miracle's Boys, follows three recently-orphaned brothers as they try to make it in Washington Heights on their own, while Brown Girl Dreaming, written entirely in verse, chronicles Woodson's experience growing up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s. Among her many awards, she has received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Hans Christian Andersen Award shortlist, the Langston Hughes Award, and an LA Times Book Prize. In 2015, she was named Young People's Poet Laureate.