Jacqueline Woodson, the author of the award-winning “Brown Girl Dreaming,” was named Young People’s Poet Laureate on Wednesday by the Poetry Foundation.
The laureate, which means someone who is honored for an art or science, advises the foundation about literature for kids and teens. Former laureate Kenn Nesbitt described it as being a cheerleader for poetry. The job also comes with a $25,000 prize.
Woodson has written 30 books for children and young adults. “Brown Girl Dreaming,” a story about Woodson’s youth in South Carolina and New York, was written entirely in verse. It won the 2014 National Book Award and a Newbery Honor. Her books “Feathers” and “Locomotion” also were named Newbery Honor books.
“Woodson, like her characters, is always in motion and always discovering something fresh,” Poetry Foundation President Robert Polito said in a statement. “Her gifts, adventurousness and generosity, suggest she will be a terrific young people’s poet laureate.”
The laureate serves a two-year term.