Interactive, Multimedia Programs Mix Poetry, Storytelling, Music & Movement: Mother-Son, Author-Illustrator Visits with Carole & Jeffery Weatherford

Author Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrator/poet Jeffery Weatherford present solo and joint presentations that spark  kids’ creativity and expand their possibilities. Most programs are based on poetry and nonfiction books that connect the English/language arts and social studies curricula. All programs are interactive and employ multimedia. Programs can be adapted as teacher or parent workshops. 


  • Warm up poem(s)

Who Needs Poetry slide

  • Samples of poems or art created when Jeffery and I were children

CBW first poem JBW first self portrait

  • Talk about the writing/research/art process: practice, preparation and perseverance

Picture research for You Can Fly

Jeff and model w caricature

  • Q&A about writing, art, publishing or the featured book
  • The publishing process and writing tips

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  • Optional writing or art activity (if in a workshop/classroom setting)

Protest poster activity

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The Tuskegee Airmen-You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen

Jeff and Carole at Barnaby Elementary School Oxon Hill MD

The Roots & STEM of Hip Hop Writing workshop covering the history, craft and technology behind the lyrics and beats.

Anti-racism: Slavery, Segregation & Social JusticeMoses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom; Freedom in Congo Square; Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-ins; Birmingham, 1963; Sink or Swim: African American Lifesavers of the Outer Banks; Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement; Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library; Be A King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You

Biographies–Meet history-makers and barrier-breakers who achieved against the odds: Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Lena Horne, Fannie Lou Hamer, Jesse Owens, Matthew Henson, Arturo Schomburg and more.

Primary Source Images as Prompts-Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America; Remember the Bridge Poems of a People; Dorothea Lange: The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression

The Harlem Renaissance, Poetry &  JazzSugar Hill: Harlem’s Historic Neighborhood; The Sound That Jazz Makes; Becoming Billie Holiday; Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane; Jazz Baby; The Legendary Miss Lena Horne

Writing Workshops-Try writing blues, hip hop (see above), protest song lyrics, protest signs, proverbs, or recipe poems. Pen letters inspired by primary source photographs. Learn a format for reviewing anything. Also workshops and master classes for children’s book creators.

Contact: or The Booking Biz

Download brochures here.

Carole and Jeff Joint Brochure


Jeff 2019 school visit brochure


Jeff WDUS4? Foot Soldiers Collage/Mural Workshop

FREE RESOURCE: BLACK HISTORY BOOKS, an annotated bibliography of CBW books with lesson idea links and a table categorizing titles by grade, genre, theme or core subject. 

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