Bexley Community Book Club, a program of the Bexley Education Foundation, recently announced that its 2016 Selected Author is children's and young adult author Jacqueline Woodson.

Bexley Community Book Club, a program of the Bexley Education Foundation, recently announced that its 2016 Selected Author is children's and young adult author Jacqueline Woodson.

The winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Young People's Literature, Woodson was recently named the Poetry Foundation's Young People's Poet Laureate for 2015 and is a four-time Newbery Honor medalist. During a Dec. 1, 2016, visit, Woodson will spend time with Bexley students during the day and give a community presentation, free of charge with sponsorship from Giant Eagle, at 7:30 p.m. at Bexley High School.

BCBC's community partner, the Bexley Public Library, will produce and host several literary events prior to Woodson's visit, offering opportunities to explore her work.

The later author visit, a departure for BCBC, will allow time for the Bexley faculty to develop a year-long curriculum for students, starting this fall.

"Ms. Woodson's writing themes are incredibly timely -- she addresses issues of race, gender and class, as well as family and history," said Linda Kass, BCBC founder and chairwoman, in a released statement. "Her books carry messages of hope and overcoming obstacles that will guide the units of study for Bexley students in grades K-8 to be developed by our teachers and librarians."

Woodson's books include The Other Side, Each Kindness, Beneath a Meth Moon, Coming On Home Soon, Feathers, Miracle's Boys, Brown Girl Dreaming, After Tupac & D Foster and Show Way.

Woodson was born in Columbus and grew up in Greenville, N.C.

In its ninth year, BCBC is a yearlong community read of the works of a selected author. Past selected authors include James McBride (2015), Russell Banks (2014), Jennifer Egan (2013), Jonathan Safran Foer (2012), Billy Collins (2011), Ann Patchett (2010), Tobias Wolff (2009) and Pete Hamill (2008).

The Bexley Education Foundation supports educational initiatives that enhance excellence in the Bexley City Schools.

For more information call 614-338-2093 or visit bexleyeducationfoundation.org.