Reading Response: Brown Girl Dreaming

For this week, I read Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.  I decided to recommend this book to three of my friends.

I described the book, included my positive opinion about the book, and gave an example of how to utilize the book in a classroom setting for student learning.

brown girl dreaming


11 thoughts on “Reading Response: Brown Girl Dreaming

    1. I liked the book as it is an interesting twist on the traditional memoir. It is written in free verse, and specifically free verse that would be understandable and accessible for students of all ages really. However, I would suggest middle and high school grades if you want to have a serious discussion about it as a work of literature, but it is an enjoyable read for younger grades and you might be able to have serious discussions about the themes and how they relate to the work at those ages. The major themes, I would think, would be life, family, and religion as being major ones. Growing up, youth, finding your passion, loss, and love are also themes that I saw.


  1. I have seen Brown Girl Dreaming on many blogs this semester, however you simple description has finally added it to the TBR.
    How do you know the people you recommended it to? Are they fellow teachers? parents? students? I know that THIS is on my list now. Thanks!


  2. I’ve been curious about this book. Think I will look up what it is about again and maybe give it a try with this recommend.


  3. I really loved this book. Every page was filled with beautiful poetry. I don’t know how someone could consistently write such beautiful poems and then weave that into a story.


    1. This book is a memoir written in a series of free verse poems about the author’s childhood. I told my friends in the recommendation that the poetry was beautiful, it was an easy read but made you become invested in the story she was telling, and it would be a good way to introduce students to free verse poetry in an accessible and understandable way.

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