I could not have asked for a nicer or more inspiring way to end my HEY, KIDDO book tour than by sitting down with Jacqueline Woodson to talk about family, writing memoir, kidlit, and pets. Thank you for making this space for us, Brooklyn Public Library. Photo by Sammy Juliano.
It has been such a wild and intense few months, which follows a few years of vigorous studio work. Book touring for HEY, KIDDO was exhausting yet invigorating with equal parts filled with anxiety and elation. I can’t thank you enough for all of the kind missives sent over social media. I am grateful to every person who attended my readings—old friends from every corner of my life mixed in with readers who grew up with my work or were new to it. My author pals lifted me up at each event, engaged in conversation, leaving me inspired. To the readers who have walked a similar path and either shared those stories or gave me a knowing look—thank you. Nothing more profound I can muster but a heartfelt sense of gratitude for you.
And now I am taking a leave of absence from this social media machine. I want to have quiet moments with my family. I want to write, draw, create. I have a pile of books I’m eager to read.
So with that, I wish you the very best this holiday season. And I’ll see you at the end of January! ?