Books by Carole Boston Weatherford

BE A KING by Carole Boston Weatherford
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A pretty good, if didactic, resource for adults wanting to help children draw connections between Dr. King's teachings and their own lives. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
This book endeavors to connect children with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by encouraging them to "be a King." Read full book review >
SCHOMBURG by Carole Boston Weatherford
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A must-read for a deeper understanding of a well-connected genius who enriched the cultural road map for African-Americans and books about them. (Picture book/biography/poetry. 9-12)"
An eccentric, smart, and quirky bibliophile, Arturo Schomburg fueled his life with books. Read full book review >
IN YOUR HANDS by Carole Boston Weatherford
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Insightful, poignant, groundbreaking—and a reminder that the lives of all children are also in our hands. (Picture book/religion. 5-adult)"
A new mother describes her dreams for her son, her hopes for his future, and her prayers for his safety. Read full book review >
DOROTHEA LANGE by Carole Boston Weatherford
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A fine introduction to an important American artist. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
"One of the leading documentary photographers of the twentieth century" comes to life in Weatherford's latest historical work. Read full book review >
THE LEGENDARY MISS LENA HORNE by Carole Boston Weatherford
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A memorable life dedicated to music and civil rights, presented with commensurate style. (bibliography, further reading, listening, and viewing) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
Twentieth-century racism tried hard to deny this great performer her voice—and failed. Read full book review >
Released: May 3, 2016

"A masterful, inspiring evocation of an era. (Informational poetry. 9-12)"
The story of the struggles and achievements of the Tuskegee Airmen is told in vivid informational poetry. Read full book review >
FREEDOM IN CONGO SQUARE by Carole Boston Weatherford
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Weatherford and Christie dazzlingly salute African-Americans' drive to preserve their dignity and pride. (foreword, glossary, author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Count down the days until Sunday, a day for slaves in New Orleans to gather together and remember their African heritage. Read full book review >
VOICE OF FREEDOM by Carole Boston Weatherford
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Bold, honest, informative, and unforgettable. (author's note, timeline, source notes, bibliography) (Picture book/poetry/biography. 10-14)"
A welcome addition to civil rights literature for children. Read full book review >
GORDON PARKS by Carole Boston Weatherford
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Parks' photography gave a powerful and memorable face to racism in America; this book gives him to young readers. (afterword, author's note, photographs) (Picture book/biography. 6-8)"
He aimed his camera lens at fashion models and at struggling African-American workers. Read full book review >
LEONTYNE PRICE by Carole Boston Weatherford
Released: Dec. 23, 2014

"Weatherford and Colón's beautiful book does children a service by giving them one more African-American performer to applaud. (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Rising from the Mississippi Delta to the stages of the Metropolitan Opera and La Scala, Price had a groundbreaking operatic career. Read full book review >
SUGAR HILL by Carole Boston Weatherford
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"A fine tribute to the local color of Sugar Hill, who have made America a better and more interesting country for almost a century. (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
Weatherford's poetic, swinging textual rhythms meet Christie's artistic razzmatazz to create one hot picture book. Read full book review >
OBAMA by Carole Boston Weatherford
Released: April 1, 2010

"Weatherford's commemorative 'American Baptism' provides a powerful finale to this undeniably passionate offering. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
This lyrical tribute to the 44th U.S. President describes Barack Obama's diverse childhood experiences and his various mentors and concludes with his successful presidential election. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Included are brief biographies of each luminary. (Picture book/religion. 4-8)"
The Beatitudes serve as a backdrop to African-American history from enslavement to the present day. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Eye-opening, exhilarating and inspiring. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
"Wendell Scott was in a hurry from day one." Read full book review >
BECOMING BILLIE HOLIDAY by Carole Boston Weatherford
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"A remarkable tribute well worthy of its subject. (afterword, bibliography, references, further reading and listening) (Poetry. 14 & up)"
"I toted my songs / like a satchel and felt most / at home when I sang," says Billie Holiday in this gorgeously produced fictional "life in poems" of the great jazz singer. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2008

Weatherford's compressed poetic homage to Coltrane's early influences relays biographical details through metaphors evoking sound: "Before John was a jazz giant, / he heard Grandpa's Sunday sermons, / Mama playing hymns for the senior choir, / and the scoutmaster's call to join a band." Read full book review >
I, MATTHEW HENSON by Carole Boston Weatherford
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Lovely and inspiring. (Picture book/biography. 6-11)"
A poetic first-person narrative puts readers in Matthew Henson's head as he endures institutionalized discrimination to pursue greatness in adventure, moving from cabin boy to able seaman, stock boy to explorer, eventually one of "[s]ix men—one black, one white, four Eskimos—" to reach the North Pole in 1909. Read full book review >
BIRMINGHAM, 1963 by Carole Boston Weatherford
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"It's a gorgeous memorial to the four killed on that horrible day, and to the thousands of children who braved violence to help change the world. (Poetry. 10-14)"
Exquisitely understated design lends visual potency to a searing poetic evocation of the Birmingham church bombing of 1963. Read full book review >
JESSE OWENS by Carole Boston Weatherford
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Perfunctory reading list appended. (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
This soaring tribute to Owens reserves biographical details for the afterword, focusing instead on his Olympics experience from arrival in Berlin to triumphant ticker-tape parade back in New York. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"There is no happy ending, but rather a bittersweet recognition that wrongs cannot always be made right. (Picture book. 7-10)"
In 1955, African-Americans were playing in the major leagues, but much of America remained segregated. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Transcendent. (foreword, author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
In elegant free verse, Weatherford imagines Tubman's remarkable escape from slavery and her role in guiding hundreds to freedom. Read full book review >
DEAR MR. ROSENWALD by Carole Boston Weatherford
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Accomplished yet accessible, this is an important book for every library. (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-10)"
Set in the rural south in the early 1920s, this terrific picture book uses evocative free verse to describe the building of a school for black children using seed money from Julius Rosenwald, the Sears catalog magnate. Read full book review >
A NEGRO LEAGUE SCRAPBOOK by Carole Boston Weatherford
Released: March 1, 2005

"One doesn't need to be a baseball fan to be fascinated. (Nonfiction. 8+)"
In 1887, team owners decreed that African-Americans were barred from the Major Leagues. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"This quietly moving story pays tribute to the peaceful protesters who did indeed 'overcome.' (author's note) (Picture book. 5+)"
An ordinary African-American girl witnesses extraordinary events in this first-person account of the Greensboro sit-ins of 1960. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"This is a collection for every library, offering all readers a bridge toward understanding and acceptance. (author's note) (Poetry. 9-18)"
Some define poetry as the distillation of complex themes into specific images. Read full book review >
THE SOUND THAT JAZZ MAKES by Carole Boston Weatherford
Released: April 1, 2000

"There are numerous picture books for young people that cover this territory with more energy and delight; most notably i see the rhythm (1998). (Picture book. 5-8)"
A brief history of African American music told in rhyme and dramatically rendered oils. Read full book review >