Carole Boston Weatherford

Carole Boston Weatherford has authored more than two dozen award-winning children's books, often exploring aspects of African-American history. Her book, Moses, was a 2007 Caldecott Honor Book and her Voice of Freedom, Fannie Lou Hamer won both 2016 Caldecott Honor and Sibert Honor awards, and a Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award for illustrator Ekua Holmes.

 

Among her latest titles are Leontyne Price, Voice of a Century, illustrated by Raúl Colón; Gordon Parks, How the Photographer Captured Black and White America, illustrated by Jamey Christoph; AFRICA, "a celebration of the Motherland in poetry and photos," designed by her son, Jeffery Weatherford.

Carole's other books include The Sound That Jazz Makes, an NAACP Image Award finalist and winner of the Carter G. Woodson Award from National Council for the Social Studies and Remember the Bridge: Poems of a People, winner of the Juvenile Literature Award from American Association of University Women-North Carolina. Accelerated Reader titles include: Sink or Swim: African-American Lifesavers of the Outer Banks, Princeville: The 500-Year Flood, and Juneteenth Jamboree. She has five preschool titles, including Jazz Baby.


 

   

 

     

 

Read the rave review of Carole's book, Before John Was a Jazz Giant, The Song of John Coltrane, illustrated by Sean Qualls, here.

Also a Newsweek Pick of the Week:

"This children’s book imagines a young John Coltrane absorbing the sounds of his environment—hambones in his grandmother’s pot, the whistle of a steam train—before he ever picked up a sax. Concise, rhythmic prose and gorgeous illustrations make this imposing legend accessible to a new generation."

 

PERFORMANCES & WORKSHOPS


Hurricanes & Heroes: Storytelling & Teacher Workshop on Sink or Swim. Hear the black lifesavers' saga, punctuated by African-American spirituals. Multimedia presentation incorporates themes of leadership, hard work and tolerance. The teacher workshop covers history, spirituals and hurricane lore. Teachers receive a study guide with synopsis, timeline and classroom activities. 200 students maximum.

 

Reading, Writing & Rhythm: Poetry Performance Celebrates African-American heritage and invites audiences of all ages to chant, sing and play percussion instruments. Concludes with a Q&A session about writing and publishing. 200 students maximum.

Sidewalk Chalk Poetry Festival: Poetry Performance Celebrates poetry, community and art. 200 students maximum.

 

Pass It On! Keeping Oral Traditions
Classroom Workshop or Teacher In-service: These creative writing workshops help participants weave memories into stories. Units on family stories, quilting, folk tales, holidays, recipes, proverbs, superstitions and blues. (For students, teachers & aspiring writers)

Reading, Rocking & Rhythm: Performance for Preschoolers
Thirty-minute program of poetry, music and movement uses rhythm and rhyme to reinforce listening skills. Focuses on themes of family and community.

Currently Visiting Distinguished Professor at Fayetteville State University, Carole has twice been awarded North Carolina Arts Council fellowships. With two graduate degrees, she conducts literacy, language arts, social studies, parent education, teacher in-service and community programs.

One of her most recent books is A Negro League Scrapbook.


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