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Mother/son-author/illustrator duo Carole & Jeffery Boston Weatherford


Carole Boston Weatherford bio  2021

Baltimore-born and -raised, Carole composed her first poem in first grade and dictated the verse to her mother on the ride home from school. Her father, a high school printing teacher, printed some of her early poems on index cards.

   

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Since her literary debut with Juneteenth Jamboree in 1995, Carole’s books have received three Caldecott Honors, two NAACP Image Awards, an SCBWI Golden Kite Award, a Coretta Scott King Author Honor and many other honors.

For career achievements, Carole received the Ragan-Rubin Award from North Carolina English Teachers Association and the North Carolina Literature Award, among the state’s highest civilian honors. She holds an M.A. in publications design from University of Baltimore and an M.F.A. in creative writing from University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She is a Professor of English at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.

Carole Boston Weatherford, North Carolina Award for Literature recipient, discusses her background and books.


Jeffery Boston Weatherford

Jeffery is an award-winning children’s book illustrator and performance poet. His debut book, You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen, garnered starred reviews, made the American Library Association’s ALSC Notables list and was selected among the year’s best books by Kirkus Review, National Council of Teachers of English, National Council for the Social Studies and the New York Public Library. He contributed to the award-winning anthology We Rise We Resist We Raise Our Voices, As a designer, he worked on Africa; Dear Mr. Rosenwald: The School that Hope Built; Princeville: The 500-Year Flood; and A Bat Cave: An Abecedarian Bedtime Chronicle. He has lectured, performed and led art and writing workshops in the U.S. and West Africa. Download his brochure.

Jeffery was a Romare Bearden Scholar at Howard University where he earned an M.F.A. in painting and studied under members of the Black Arts Movement collective, AfriCobra. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Winston-Salem State University where he was a Chancellor’s Scholar majoring in graphics/animation. A North Carolina native, he lives in Maryland. His art has exhibited in North Carolina, Georgia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

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When Jeffery was born, his grandmother noticed his prominent hands and predicted that he would one day do important work. She didn’t dream that he would be an artist. Jeffery caught the art bug early on after his mother framed his first self portrait. In elementary school, he doodled anime’ in class and sometimes forgot to take homework notes. Concerned about his inattentiveness but impressed by his talent, his mother enrolled him in extra-curricular art classes. In high school, he took private studio lessons with his school’s assistant principal, Joseph Johnson. While in college, Jeffery interned with children’s book illustrator James Young. He also began rapping which later evolved into performance poetry. See his artwork here.

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Jeffery with rap group, Clever Gang, at a market in Dakar, Senegal.

Jeffery performs a spoken word tribute to the Black Arts Movement.

21 Responses to “Home”

  1. Betty Johnson 11/08/2012 at 3:43 pm #

    was interested in your hip hop course but don’t have the preregs, i do have a Master’s in Library Science from UNC-CH. how much is the course and does it count toward teacher recertification? thank you

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    • cbweatherford 02/03/2013 at 4:10 pm #

      Sorry, I am just now seeing this. I am not that savvy about blogging. I would have waived the pre-reqs, but I can’t vouch for whether the course would count toward teacher recertification. It is offered through the English dept. Check with your school system. I hope to offer the course again.

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  2. Olivia Le 11/23/2016 at 1:46 am #

    We would like to interview you for our Harriet Tubman project ( national history day ) because you have so much knowledge on Harriet Tubman. If you would like too please email us back.

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  3. Laura Velkey 12/03/2020 at 10:37 pm #

    I’d love to talk to you about visiting our school Feb 2022. I love your books! I’m especially interested in talking more about Dear Mr Rosenwald & the Rosenwald schools in Orange & Durham counties.

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  4. Betcei Butler 01/09/2021 at 3:09 pm #

    Thank You! I picked up your book “Schomburg The Man Who Built A Library” when it was returned to the library branch I work in. I truly hope that all schools have this in their library for all students to read and be encouraged to further their knowledge on their own. I love how it wasn’t a book about just Schomburg, but a book that delved into his mind and I could see him finding one fact, then searching for more facts just as librarians do in real life. Thank you again, Betcei

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  5. Michael Miehl 01/09/2021 at 11:20 pm #

    Good day.
    Have read your “The Beatitudes” book to my kids for several years now. Made a YouTube video reading it, and wanted to share it with you….not sure how the best way to do this? Your work gives me hope for the future.

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  6. Cristal J Tejeda 01/15/2021 at 2:14 am #

    My name is Cristal and as a single mother, visual artist and educator I find you work Incredibly exhilarating and uplifting to children, Especially children of color. I i’m not sure if this is the correct form but I would like to formally ask your permission to produce a read aloud on my YouTube page where I read stories that would’ve left and motivate children especially children of color. I don’t make any money off of this YouTube page I do it completely out of love for all of the children that I have taught and influence. Please feel free to connect with me as soon as possible so that I may be able to share your books, namely Be a King The story of “Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s Dream and you”, with all of the children in my YouTube audience. I thank you for sharing your artistry with the world and I pray that you continue to do so, your books are exactly what our children truly need.

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    • cbweatherford 03/30/2021 at 8:49 pm #

      Check this site for details about publisher permissions during the pandemic. The publisher, not the author or illustrator, grants permission.

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  7. Sandra Yvette Renrick 01/17/2021 at 5:15 pm #

    Do you hold any workshops for aspiring authors? I know that things are crazy right now with the pandemic, but I just wanted to ask. Thank you.

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  8. Toni A Lewis 02/03/2021 at 2:11 pm #

    Good morning Carole
    Pray all is well with you and your family. I heard you on KJLH The Front Page radio broadcast this morning. You mentioned a virtual book fair and I would like to receive the information for it as I was driving and unable to write it down. Please send it to me when you get a chance if you don’t mind.

    Have a blessed day.

    Kind Regards,

    Toni Lewis

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