Jacqueline Woodson, Jay Leaf, Denise discussed on Public Affairs Events


Hands into it over and over watching the way the water ripples out and the way out and away. Like each kindness done and not done like every girl somewhere holding a small gift out to someone and that someone training away from it. I watched the water ripple as the sunset through the Maples. And the chance of a kindness with Maya became more and more forever gone. An encore presentation of in-depth not live no calls. Please doubled UCSB from Washington next. Call Jacqueline Woodson comes from Denise in Dayton, Ohio. Denise thanks for holding. You're on the air. Yes. Thank you so much. And thank you C span. Booty years of watching C span every genre. So many resources have gotten to be used for my own personal input my classroom, and I wanna say Daquan this the first time I ever called them through all the year. Two are amazing. I had not read all of your books, but each year when I had my own home. And now that I have all of the students are computer science. We started out the school year with each kindness by the time, we get to the point that it's done kindness done and undone. He used to see there is it is so phenomenal. I wanted that book and I bought one. And then another parent bought the book for me. I'm sorry. My phone went off voted for me. 'cause we use it every year it is so phenomena, and you can hear nothing it relates to kids so much. It's such a great way to start out the school year, the set the tone. I love that book. I'm gonna remorse so much to but I'm going to be more of your books. But I just curious. I don't think he had the phone down. Did you talk about how that got started? Because the kids can relate to those characters and before we get an answer. Denise you said, you're a middle school teacher. I actually teach K through six now, but we did have middle school. So take through eight. Okay, I'm computer science, but I've always taught modest way for public school. And I am an urban public school. I grew up in Philadelphia by teaching Dayton where military retired. Is there a khloe in every classroom? Oh my goodness. There's a khloe in every school, regardless of where you're at. Yeah. There's a khloe in a Maya. Right. Thanks. Thanks so much for calling and for using each kindness. It's so as being a Buckeye now. It started. It's an interesting story. So when Madonna was in second grade, I was being the mom and her classroom, and this one girl I adore came in and she had on these really cool pants, and I was like those radical pants and another kid who hadn't heard me when she saw the girl and the pensions like, oh, I can't believe you even wore those to school and for the rest of the day of the young girl who had the Patsy with try to sit at her desk when she got up she tied the jacket around her Lapin around her waist, and you saw you knew that her day was ruined basically. And the things you wanted to do most was get home and take off those pants never wear again. And the girl said it had no clue that she had ruined this child's day. And so inspired me to start writing it kindness. And I wanted to write a story about a girl who had not been KYW, and I kept trying to figure out when someone had not been kind to me to write that book and all that kept coming up as incidences in my own childhood when I had not been kind. And as round the time, I was writing it. My mom died. Suddenly and. And it kind of clicked that we have this idea that tomorrow, we're always going to have a chance to do the right thing, especially young people. They just believe tomorrow's always gonna come. And for me. It was this kind of moment of like. Wow. What if my character does not get a chance to be kind? Because when I first started writing it I thought and the she would have a chance at kindness. And the book became about the regret. And and the seize the day the fact that do it today 'cause we know not what's coming tomorrow. And in it the whole ripple effect came to me, I was literally sitting at the lake throwing stones in the water and thinking about this book and watching those ripples. And it's like this is it. So I think books come to me all kinds of ways. But that one had a very interesting journey Email from Gary perhaps you might consider dyslexia contributing to adult reader challenges. Going back to Leah. I think. Yeah. I think adult dyslexia as real as childhood reading differences. But if we're thinking about Lia and her frustration. I think even with learning differences. You learn to read differently you can learn to read differently and. And it takes time and it takes care, and it takes someone who knows what they're doing. And I think one thing that frustrates people. A lot is their lack of access to literature. Their lack of being able to get a book and open it up and read it, and I do watch a stress for people that you can listen to a book, and it's okay. And you're getting story, and you're getting comprehension, and you're getting sentence structure, and you're getting all of these things, and you can listen to a book and look at the book as you're listening to it as a way of gaining access. I'm not a reading specialist, but I do want all people to have access to literature, and until the code of reading gets cracked, in whatever way it needs to get crack there other ways to access good books, and I think everyone should have that kind of access Dennis Pasadena, California. Hi, Dennis you're on with author Jacqueline Woodson. Thank you very much, so Jacqueline. So I immediately saw your last name we share the same last name. I was wondering if you done any research your family history on the GM, wait while your name came from. Where were you were your family got that name? I grew up in Pasadena was born actually in Mexico, but my I had an aunt that was a teacher in San Diego, California. And after she retired. She started doing that family history. And so that family history has been so important to the rest of their family. And I'm wondering if you've done any time a history on your name where your family came from. And have you written anything about the family history? Yes, all the family history is written about and Brown girl. Dreaming all the way back to Sally Hemmings. So the what's clan is not a huge plan. So I'm sure we're connected somehow, but my aunt is a genealogist in Ohio, and she's done lots of research on the what's the name. The Woodson's are doctors lawyers. Teachers as you say in proud girl dreaming, what about your mother's side of the family. My grandmother taught for a little while just to like a community kind of teaching thing. And she was she was primarily domestic the domestic work my dad. My grandfather was a foreman and a printing factory. And then there are others that have various jobs that I don't know. But they all have bunch of cousins who are still in Greenville. I'm not sure what they do. But the what's inside is definitely the side that was earliest educated and for the longest period of time and you still smell your grandfather's cigarettes. I can't I can't died very early. He did he did. And he smoked Pall Mall. He's smoked I think they were unfiltered. And I still know what they look like. And I still remember the relatives who snuff. They will put that stuff under their lips. And then they have a Cantu to spit in tobacco. I guess. But yeah, I think I think the thing I remember most of my grandfather's is hands. He had these really strong hands that and you know, he was because he was always working the land are are our chiseling doing something with his hands. And I think that. Kind of part nervous energy part gift till I was this desire to always be working. Somehow there's a chapter in Brown girl. Dreaming called the fabric store at the fabric store. We were just customers. Yeah. So my grandmother's sewed, and I still I still so I still owe going to fabric stores, but that that passage is about going to all these places we went to in Greenville that we're still segregated and how they would. My grandmother didn't wanna go there because they didn't treat black people. Right. And but at the fabric store, we the woman she and the woman where friends and bonded and talked about fabric and talked about the family, and my grandmother felt like that was a place you could go and feel safe and want to give her money to because she was respected there. What was it like to write your memoir to write the autobiographical book after years and many many fictionalized Waie titles? It was a really it was definitely I was trying to relief relief relief to write something. I knew you know, to go back and figure out what I knew. But to know that it was true right to enter revisit the ancestors to go back and remember, my grandfather, and my grandmother, and my uncle, and my mom who had who died. And to go back to South Carolina. And, you know, visit the cousins and ask them questions, and and to look at old documents and to talk to my aunt and just a mind the history of generations, really. But. And also I started writing it because I was trying to figure out how I got to be a writer. How I got to this point of telling all these stories and getting all of these awards and getting all of this attention like that didn't come from nowhere. And then just wake up one day and say, I'm Jacqueline Woodson author like that. That's I'm standing on the shoulders of generations of people all the way back to a history of people who weren't allowed to learn to read and write and to go from there to here was amazing to me. And each time. I wrote something new are discovered. Something new about my family. I was like, whoa, we are easing. So so it was a good thing. Jay leaf Columbia, South Carolina. Good afternoon. Jay lethal with us. Jay lethal you with us. How old are you? Jay leaf. Have you read a Jacqueline Woodson book? Sadly. Sadly, no, okay. Has your has your mom read and Jacqueline Woodson book? Yeah. Okay. What would you like to ask MS Woodson? We'll put we'll put MS Jackie on the air. Okay. We'll put her on the screen. You can go ahead and ask any question you'd like. Right. Can you get needed and those who wanna become wet righty? That's a good question. Jelly. So what are you reading now? Torri? Guy. What's that book your reading jellies, Eric guy? Something. Diaries dark diary. Okay. I know dork diaries. So you like writing graphic novels or do you like writing poetry or do you like writing stories what kind of stuff do you like writing? Oh, good. So you're on the right track. Right. The way to be writers by reading right? So read as much stuff as you can because you want to write graphic novels. Reebok diaries read, you know, other graphic novels that you love, you know, they're all kinds of graphic novels. There is their nonfiction. I'm sorry all kinds of graphic books there nonfiction fiction. They're ones about poems like so just read as much as you can. And and right. Try to write something are right and draw every day if you can are as often as you can. And when you can't write or draw re keep reading and read slowly. So you can study how the authors are doing what they're doing. So you can learn from them. Do you have a library card? Yeah. Do you use it? Okay. And then you talk to your librarian about what other books you can read to become a writer. Okay. Next time, you're at your library, ask her tell her that Jacqueline Woodson asked you to ask her some of the books that she was suggest because you want to be a writer k. Okay, and Jacqueline Woodson. What's a book of yours that you would recommend for Jay leads to pick up at the library. I would say Jay lethal. You know, you should look at my picture books because you draw and you right? And those will also help you learn about writing. So why don't you start with the day you begin? You can get it at your library. And also pecan pie. Baby might be a good one and are asked your library, and which of the Jacqueline Woodson blitz would be good for you the picture books help you. Learn more about drawing and writing K. All right. Jay lethal gonna hang up now. Okay. And really appreciate your calling him. Good to hear your voice, Robert Atlanta. Good afternoon to you. Good afternoon. I love the way you handled that last call. Thank you. Question. Miss woodson. Two boys club in west Atlanta. Can you folks here me? Yeah. We're listening, Robert, okay? I see you as an opinion leader as well. As an author seems to be a terrible disconnect between between what we see. And some of the things I hear you saying. One one window on that would have been just a Williams eulogy for the Franklin. I think it was yesterday. I wonder if you might have heard that. No, it was the day before I thought, but I I had that Li I had to stop watching before the eulogy. Sadly, I saw a lot of it though. You know world these children are..

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