A Kirkus Reviews Star for–

15 Mar

Dorothea Lange: How the Photographer Found the Faces of the Depression. Art by debut illustrator Sarah Green. Snap, snap.



3 Stars for a Legend

1 Feb

Lena Horne Cover

The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon, has received three starred reviews. I hope that this biography will shine the spotlight on Lena for a new generation of admirers.

  • * “Weatherford’s writing is succinct and inspirational. Zunon’s oil paint and cut-paper collage illustrations are more than a match for Horne’s dynamic onstage presence. Their dramatic design showcases a . . . memorable life dedicated to music and civil rights, presented with commensurate style.”– Kirkus Reviews, starred review
  • * “An exceptionally handsome book. . . . Weatherford’s informative yet succinct text is juxtaposed against a happily oversize picture-book format that allows enough room for Zunon’s impressive oil-paint and collage artwork.”– Booklist, starred review
  • * “Weatherford and Zunon vibrantly capture the setbacks and triumphs of African-American performer Lena Horne tracing her rise from a Brooklyn childhood to a singer and actress who faced persistent racism.”– Publishers Weekly, starred review

2 Books on 2017 ALSC Notables List!

26 Jan

Congo Square    Tuskegee cover

The Association for Library Service  to Children selected two of my books for its 2017 Notables list.

Freedom in Congo Square, illustrated by Gregory Christie

You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen, illustrated by Jeffery Boston Weatheford

This news capped a wonderful ALA Midwinter for me during which Freedom in Congo Square won the Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor. Congratulations to both illustrators on what has been a spectacular awards season. I look forward to our future collaborations.

Cuddle Up & Read Project

25 Jan


Being given a book of your own to take home and keep is great. Being given a handmade reading blanket to go with the book is even better.

That’s what happened with second-graders at Cook Literacy Model School and the Elementary School Academy n Winston-Salem, N.C. Last fall, five women from the Beta Mu chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society came to the media center at Cook with a box of books–my own Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-ins–and bag after bag of handmade blankets.

Doesn’t this make you feel warm and fuzzy? Read more here.


Caldecott & CSK Honors for Freedom in Congo Square

23 Jan


The American Library Association Youth Media Awards were announced today in Atlanta. My collaborator Gregory Christie won Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Honors for his illustrations in our picture book Freedom in Congo Square. Congratulations to Greg and thanks to our editor Sonali Fry.

June 2017 Weekend Intensive

28 Dec

The April master class themed “Poetic License Renewal” was a day to be remembered. Promising manuscripts and wonderful people. Next up is the June 9-11 weekend intensive. Spaces only for 8.


Award & Shortlist News

25 Nov

Tuskegee cover   Congo Square

Award committee members, thank you for all the love for these two books. And congratulations to illustrators Jeffery Weatherford and Gregory Christie on our collaborations! It’s been a wonderful year.

YOU CAN FLY: THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN. Illustrated by Jeffery Weatherford

ALSC Notables for Older Readers (Association for Library Service to Children, American Library Association)

Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Verse

NCTE Best Verse Novels (National Council of Teachers of English)

New York Public Library 100 Books for Reading & Sharing

Fuse 8 Productions Best Poetry Books for Kids

Nonfiction Detectives Best Nonfiction Books

CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children’s Book Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison)


FREEDOM IN CONGO SQUARE. Illustrated by Gregory Christie

Caldecott Honor Medal

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor

Charlotte Zolotow Award (for picture book text, Cooperative Children’s Book Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

ALSC Notables for all ages (Association for Library Service to Children, American Library Association)

Illustrators Society Original Art Show

School Library Journal Best Nonfiction Books of 2016

Horn Book Fanfare

NCTE Best Poetry Books of 2016 (National Council of Teachers of English)

New York Public Library 100 Books for Reading & Sharing

Washington Post Best Children’s Books of 2016

New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2016

Huffington Post Most Powerful Picture Book of the Year honor

Center for Study of Multicultural Literature Best Books of 2016

Chicago Public Library Best Informational Books for Younger Readers

CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children’s Book Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Capitol Choices