Wheelock Book Award


Wheelock College's mission is to improve the lives of children and families. Our students are passionate about utilizing social action to bring about positive change in their communities. The Wheelock College Book Award recognizes a student whose high school experience reflects this mission and commitment to social change. It is awarded to a junior in strong academic standing with a demonstrated passion for social justice. This student may be involved in activism, community outreach, or volunteer work with a particular subset of the community. It is our hope that the Wheelock College Book Award will encourage this student to continue the important work that they are doing to benefit the lives of those around them.


We are no longer accepting book award requests for 2017 ceremonies. If you have already requested an award, it is on its way! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Darius Haghighat (617-879-2260).


2017 Book Award

Cover Art for Brown Girl Dreaming Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Told in verse, Jacqueline Woodson's memoir about growing up as an African-American girl during the 1960's and 1970's--a time between Jim Crow and the peak of the Civil Rights Movement--has captivated audiences everywhere. A New York Times Bestseller, Brown Girl Dreaming was the recipient of the National Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, and the Newbery Honor Award, among other accolades. 

We chose Brown Girl Dreaming to encourage recipients of the Wheelock Book Award to understand the value of telling one's story in the ongoing fight for equality and social justice. 

Learn more about Jacqueline Woodson.



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