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The Year We Learned to Fly

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Author : Jacqueline Woodson

Publisher : Nancy Paulsen Books

Published date : 04 Jan 2022

Genres : Children

ISBN-10 : 0399545530

ISBN-13 : 9780399545535

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The Year We Learned to Fly

The Year We Learned to Fly is a children's picture book written by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by Rafael López. Told in verse, the story is about two Black siblings, who use their imagination to escape their boredom. The book was published on January 4, 2022, by Nancy Paulsen Books and is a follow-up to the authors' previous collaboration, The Day You Begin.

The picture book was received positively, gaining starred reviews from multiple publications. Kirkus Reviews, which summarized the book as "[a]n intergenerational family story of freedom", praised López' illustrations, such as the contrast between the indoor and outdoor scenes, and said "[t]he ebullient mixed-media artwork explodes with color and extends the richness of the text." Kirkus also commented on the reference to Virginia Hamilton's The People Could Fly made by the authors.

The Booklist praised the narrative, calling it "simultaneously simple and profound" and commented on how the book could be used to give confidence to children during challenging points in their lives. In their review, Publishers Weekly highlighted López' multimedia illustrations and how they worked alongside the poems to vividly depict the children's imagination.

The Year We Learned to Fly was shortlisted for the 2022 Kirkus Prize in the "Young Readers' Literature" category.

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About the Author

Jacqueline Woodson

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Jacqueline Woodson was born in Columbus, Ohio, and lived in Nelsonville, Ohio, before her family moved south. During her early years she lived in Greenville, South Carolina, before moving to Brooklyn at about the age of seven.

After college, Woodson went to work for Kirchoff/Wohlberg, a children's packaging company. She helped to write the California standardized reading tests and caught the attention of Liza Pulitzer-Voges, a children's book agent at the same company. Although the partnership did not work out, it did get Woodson's first manuscript out of a drawer. She then enrolled in Bunny Gable's children's book writing class at The New School, where Bebe Willoughby, an editor at Delacorte, heard a reading from Last Summer with Maizon and requested the manuscript. Delacorte bought the manuscript, but Willoughby left the company before editing it and so Wendy Lamb took over and saw Woodson's first.

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