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ROOTS OF RAP book trailer

14 Jan

The book dropped January 8, 2019. Nonfiction with a hip hop beat.


For the King Holiday: A picture book with a service learning project built-in

2 Jan

Be a King

MLK would be 90 on January 15. Observe his holiday with my un-biography YOU CAN BE A KING: DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.’S DREAM AND YOU (illustrated by James Ransome). With a service-learning project and reader’s theater built-in, the text lends itself to multiple narrators and a chorus. Add props, music and slides. Or combine the reading with a live paint or quick draw of a King mural. Here’s a planning guide and reader’s theater script. Do share!

So this post of read aloud picks aims my Lena Horne PB bio at age 15+

18 Apr

Lena Horne Cover

ILA’s Literacy Daily blog featured a list of read alouds for ages 4 to 15+. The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, illustrated by Elizaabeth Zunon was the pick for ages 15 and up.

Several years ago, a librarian once introduced me prior to a keynote by saying, “Carole Boston Weatherford doesn’t write picture books; she writes illustrated books for adults.” I don’t know if that’s true or not, although I will admit to tackling provocative subjects and themes. In a way, aren’t picture books just lavishly illustrated short stories characterized by an economy of language? Here are some other picture books of mine that might fit the bill for teen read alouds.



Do or have you read aloud to teen? What picture books would you share with teens?

Award Season Wrap Up

4 Apr

Schomburg cover  Lena Horne Cover

Besides making several shortlists, SCHOMBURG and THE LEGENDARY MISS LENA HORNE also won a few awards. I am so proud of both books and grateful to the ancestors for letting their stories flow from me. Ashe’


Arnold Adoff Early Readers Poetry Award


SCBWI Golden Kite Award for Nonfiction

We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) Walter Award

Carter G. Woodson Honor, National Council for the Social Studies

Jefferson Cup Honor, Virginia Library Association




Children’s Books on the Civil Rights Movement

24 Jan

Teaching for Change compiled this list that includes Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-ins and Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement. Also appropriate for middle grades: Birmingham, 1963, which won multiple awards.



Oprah for President?

8 Jan

Oprah: The Little Speaker

In her Golden Globe speech, Oprah told girls, “A new day has come!” This picture book shows how the media  mogul got her start–speaking in a rural Mississippi church during the Jim Crow era. She wanted to be paid to talk when she grew up. Could she talk her way into the Oval Office?

2017 Best Books Honors for (drumroll, please)…

13 Dec




Updates to come…

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library, illustrated by Eric Velasquez (Candlewick)

School Library Journal Best Nonfiction

Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature Best Books

New York Public Library 100 Best Books for Children and Teens

Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Books of 2017 for Budding Social-Justice Warriors

Shelf Awareness Best Picture Books

Fuse 8 Productions 31 Days, 31 Lists: Unique Biographies

2017 Nerdies: Best Nonfiction


In Your Hands, illustrated by Brian Pinkney (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster)

School Library Journal Best Picture Books

Booklist Top 10 Religion & Spirtuality Books for Youth

Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017


The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster)

Booklist Lasting Connections

Society of Illustrators, Original Art Show

Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature Best Books

Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids

Chicago Public Library’s Best Informational Books for Younger Readers

Mighty Girl’s Books of the Year


Dorothea Lange: How the Phogorapher Found the Faces of the Depression, illustrated by Sarah Greene (Albert Whitman)

Mighty Girl’s Books of the Year