Books by Carole Boston Weatherford

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 >
MICHELLE OBAMA by Carole Boston Weatherford
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"This disappointing biography may appeal to parents looking for inspiring stories of successful women, but it's unfortunate that the author has defined success only in terms of her subject's acceptance at prestigious schools and marriage. (Picture book/biography. 4-7)"
The author and illustrator of Obama: Only in America (2010) offer a companion life of the First Lady, showing the values of her childhood family and summarizing her schooling and her current role. Read full book review >
OBAMA by Carole Boston Weatherford
BIOGRAPHY
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 >
THE BEATITUDES by Carole Boston Weatherford
FICTION
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 >
BIOGRAPHY
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
FICTION
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 >
BEFORE JOHN WAS A JAZZ GIANT by Carole Boston Weatherford
BIOGRAPHY
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
ADVENTURE
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
POETRY
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
BIOGRAPHY
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 >
CHAMPIONS ON THE BEACH by Carole Boston Weatherford
FICTION
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 >
MOSES by Carole Boston Weatherford
BIOGRAPHY
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
FICTION
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
BIOGRAPHY
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 >
FREEDOM ON THE MENU by Carole Boston Weatherford
FICTION
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 >
REMEMBER THE BRIDGE by Carole Boston Weatherford
POETRY
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
HISTORY
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 >