• Jacqueline Woodson


    What’s your favorite food?


    Do you have brothers and sisters?

    I have an older brother named Hope, and an older sister, Odella, and a younger brother, Roman. I’m the only one in my family with a name you’ve really heard before. Except the name “Hope,” but it’s usually given to a girl. My grandfather’s name was Hope. His wife, my paternal grandma, was named Grace. I think that’s pretty cool that their names were Hope & Grace. If you want to know more about them all, read Brown Girl Dreaming. Oh – Even though I’m five feet ten inches tall, I’m the shortest person in my family.

    What was your favorite subject in school?

    I loved English and anything where we got to write. I was terrible at math and science. I loved gym and Spanish and anything that allowed us to dance or jump around. I wasn’t a big fan of sitting still too long unless I was reading. I always read the same books again and again. I’ve also always read very, very slowly. I still do.

    Do you have any pets?

    We have two dogs, one named Toffee and Shadow, and a cat named Fred.

    Do you have any kids?

    I have a daughter named Toshi and a son named Jackson Leroi. They both love to fence. JL is also a really great musician. He plays the drums and the piano. Toshi was named after her Godmom, Toshi Reagon who is a really cool singer. Jackson Leroi was named after me kinda. My dad is Jack. I’m Jacqueline and he’s Jackson Leroi. The Leroi part came because we just love that name.

    What music do you listen to?

    Here are some of the people on my computer: Toshi Reagon, Joni Mitchell, Tierra Whack, J Cole, Childish Gambino, Talib Kweli, Bruce Springstein, The Black Eyed Peas, Nas, the Indigo Girls, ani difranco, Eminem, Lauren Hill, Ke$ha, and the whole Free To Be You and Me soundtrack. Although, the music list changes often.

    If you couldn’t write, what would you do?

    Play for the NBA—Try to make those Knicks a winning team!



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