Even award-winning authors can be reluctant readers. Jacqueline Woodson struggled with reading while growing up. Finding books a child can connect with might mean discovering they love certain formats, like graphic novels or poetry, or it might mean finding a subject that excites them, like sports or fantasy. For many, like Jacqueline, it’s finding characters they can relate to. She didn’t see an African-American child like her until she read John Steptoe’s Stevie.
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