Carole Boston Weatherford

Born:  February 13, 1956

Meet the Author:

Reading Rockets Interview with Carole Boston Weatherford


Author Biography:

New York Times best-selling author Carole Boston Weatherford has 44 books, including Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, winner of an NAACP Image Award, Coretta Scott King Award and Caldecott Honor Medal. Her young adult debut Becoming Billie Holiday and picture book Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane won Coretta Scott King Honors. Birmingham, 1963 won the Jefferson Cup and Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and The Sound that Jazz Makes won the Carter G. Woodson Award from National Council for the Social Studies. Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-ins and Remember the Bridge: Poems of a People won the North Carolina Juvenile Literature Award. Among her recent releases are Sugar Hill: Harlem’s Historic Neighborhood, The Beatitudes: From Slavery to Civil Rights and First Pooch: The Obamas Pick a Pet. For her literary contributions, Professor Weatherford received the Ragan-Rubin Award from the North Carolina English Teachers Association.

Her research interests include jazz, folk art, the Harlem Renaissance, historic images, racist stereotypes, and the African American freedom struggle.”—from


Books by Carole Boston Weatherford:

Poetry Collections

Schomburg: The Man Who Built A Library

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement

Becoming Billie Holiday

Remember the Bridge: Poems of a People*

Sidewalk Chalk:  Poems of the City

Birmingham: 1963

Dear Mr. Rosenwald*

Jesse Owens: Fastest Man Alive

Stormy Blues

The Tar Baby on the Soapbox

The Tan Chanteuse

Picture Books

The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip Hop

In Your Hands

Oprah: The Little Speaker

Obama: Only in America

Michelle Obama: First Mom

The Beatitudes: From Slavery to Civil Rights

The Library Ghost*

I, Matthew Henson*

Before John Was a Jazz Giant:  A Song of John Coltrane

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom

Freedom on the Menu:  The Greensboro Sit-ins

First Pooch: The Obamas Pick a Pet

The Sound That Jazz Makes

Jazz Baby

Juneteenth Jamboree

Princeville:  The 500-Year Flood

Champions on the Bench:  The 1955 Cannon Street YMCA All-Stars*

Mighty Menfolk*

My Favorite Toy*

Grandma and Me*

Me and the Family Tree*


A Negro League Scrapbook

The Carolina Parakeet: America’s Lost Parrot in Art and Memory

Great African-American Lawyers: Raising the Bar of Freedom

The African-American Struggle for Legal Equality in American History

Sink or Swim:  African-American Lifesavers of the Outer Banks

*Denotes out of print


Contact Carole Boston Weatherford:        [email protected]

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