December 2020—February 2021

What if everyone in Jackson County read the same books?

Jackson County Library Services is excited to announce Rogue Reads, a program to encourage everyone in Jackson County to read and discuss the same books. Our goal is to promote reading and build community through conversation.

Rogue Reads will feature book discussions and programs on books by bestselling author Jacqueline Woodson. The selected titles allow all participants, regardless of age, to explore the timely themes of race, family dynamics, identity, and religion while sharing conversations that build common ground.

Look forward to engaging programs, book giveaways, and best of all: a live, virtual author talk with Ms. Woodson in February!

Rogue Reads will be an annual celebration of literature and community in our region. We look forward to reading and discussing these books with you.

Read the Books:

Discussion Guides:

Take the Challenge

Join the Rogue Reads Challenge! Track your winter reads December through February to be entered into a grand prize drawing for your age group. But, wait. There’s more! You are also entered into the drawing for every Rogue Reads book selection you read and program you attend. Winners will receive a board game or at-home activity that the whole family (or group of friends!) can enjoy!

Story Time

Meet the Author: Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is the recipient of the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award, a 2020 MacArthur Foundation “genius grant,” the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and the 2018 Children’s Literature Legacy Award. She was the 2018–2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and in 2015, she was named the Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. She received the 2014 National Book Award for her New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor, the NAACP Image Award, and a Sibert Honor. She wrote the adult books Red at the Bone, a New York Times bestseller, and Another Brooklyn, a 2016 National Book Award finalist.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, Jacqueline grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from college with a B.A. in English. She is the author of dozens of award-winning books for young adults, middle graders, and children; among her many accolades, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a four-time National Book Award finalist, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner.

Her books include New York Times bestsellers The Day You Begin and Harbor Me; The Other Side, Each Kindness, Caldecott Honor book Coming on Home Soon; Newbery Honor winners Feathers, Show Way, and After Tupac and D Foster; and Miracle’s Boys, which received the LA Times Book Prize and the Coretta Scott King Award. Jacqueline is also a recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement for her contributions to young adult literature and a two-time winner of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

Join the Library for a live, virtual author talk with Jacqueline Woodson on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. Reserve your seat now.

Image Credit: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation