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Publication Order of Children's Books

Juneteenth Jamboree (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My Favorite Toy (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mighty Menfolk (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Grandma and Me (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Me and My Family Tree (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sink or Swim (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sound that Jazz Makes (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jazz Baby (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The African-American Struggle for Legal Equality in American History (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sidewalk Chalk (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Princeville (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Great African-American Lawyers (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Negro League Scrapbook (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Champions on the Bench (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Moses (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dear Mr. Rosenwald (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Carolina Parakeet (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jesse Owens (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Birmingham, 1963 (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I, Matthew Henson (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Library Ghost (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Before John Was a Jazz Giant (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Becoming Billie Holiday (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
First Pooch (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Obama: Only in America (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Racing Against the Odds (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Beatitudes (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Oprah: The Little Speaker (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Michelle Obama: First Mom (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Africa (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Bat Cave (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sugar Hill (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Leontyne Price (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gordon Parks (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Voice of Freedom (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Freedom in Congo Square (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
You Can Fly (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In Your Hands (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Legendary Miss Lena Horne (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dorothea Lange (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Schomburg (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Be a King (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How Sweet the Sound (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Roots of Rap (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
By and By (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Box (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
R-E-S-P-E-C-T (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beauty Mark (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Unspeakable (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dreams for a Daughter (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Madam Speaker (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Faith of Elijah Cummings (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Call Me Miss Hamilton (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Me and My Mama (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Standing in the Need of Prayer (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Song for the Unsung (With: ) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

The Tar Baby on the Soapbox (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Remember the Bridge (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stormy Blues (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Carole Boston Weatherford
Carole Boston Weatherford is a children’s author and poet that mines the past for forgotten struggles, family stories, and fading traditions. A number of her books tell the stories about African American historical figures like Jesse Owens, Harriet Tubman, and Billie Holiday. Other books of hers recount historical events like the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and the Greensboro Sit-ins.

Carole started writing in the first grade by dictating poems to her mom, who pulled over to the side of the road to take down one of her poems, as she realized it was important for her daughter to see her words written down. Her dad taught printing at a local high school, who used poems as typesetting exercises for his students, publishing the early works of his daughter. Since he knew how important it was for young Carole to see her words in print. While she was a child, she loved reading Langston Hughes and Dr. Seuss.

Continuing to pursue creative writing as a hobby through college and high school, she later earned an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an MA in publication design from the University of Baltimore.

The music found in poetry has always fascinated Carole and motivated her own literary career. She believes that her Creator has called on her to be a poet, as she will hear these words strung together in her head just like a composer will hear chords and notes. Scenes will unfold in her mind exactly like they do on a filmmaker’s storyboard. Just like poetry, quality children’s literature compresses language, evokes scenes, distills feeling, and can be experienced on multiple levels. It is the best poetry that makes music with just words.

For “Unspeakabe: The Tulsa Race Massacre”, she won the 2022 Coretta Scott King Award, which was also a Sibert Honor Book, a Caldecott Honor Book, a Kirkus Prize Finalist, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, and was longlisted for the National Book Award. She’s also won a Caldecott Honor for “Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom”, which also received an NAACP Image Award for an Outstanding Literary Work for Children, along with becoming a New York Times bestseller.

“Freedom in Congo Square” is a non-fiction picture book released in the year 2017. This poetic nonfiction story about a little known piece of African-American history captures one human’s capacity joy and hope in difficult circumstances and it demonstrates just how New Orleans’ Congo Square was truly freedom’s heart.

While slaves toiled relentlessly in an unjust system in Louisiana during the nineteenth century, they all counted the days down until Sunday, when at least for half a day they were briefly allowed to congregate in Congo Square in New Orleans. It was here that they were free to set up their own open market, play music, dance, and sing. They were all free to forget their struggles, their cares, and their oppression.

This story chronicles slaves’ duties on a daily basis. From chopping logs every Monday to baking bread every Wednesday to plucking the hens on Saturday, and builds up to the freedom of Sundays and the special experience of an afternoon spent in Congo Square.

“RESPECT: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul” is a non-fiction picture book released in the year 2020. Here is the vibrant portrait of Aretha Franklin which pays her the R-E-S-P-E-C-T that this Queen of Soul deserves.

Aretha Franklin was born to sing. The daughter of a gospel singer and a pastor, her musical talent was clear from her own earliest days in her dad’s Detroit church where her soaring voice spanned over three octaves.

Her series of hit songs earned multiple Grammy Awards, the title “the Queen of Soul”, and a spot in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. However she didn’t just raise her voice in song, she also fought for civil rights and spoke out against injustices.

This rhythmic and authoritative picture book biography is sure to captivate young readers with Aretha’s inspiring story.

“Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre” is a non-fiction picture book released in the year 2021. Carole and illustrator Floyd Cooper provide a powerful look at the Tulsa Race Massacre, which is one of the worst incidents of racial violence in the history of our nation. The book traces the history of African-Americans in Tulsa’s Greenwood district and chronicles the devastation which occurred in the year 1921 when a white mob attacked the Black community.

News of what went down was largely suppressed, and there wasn’t any official investigation occurred for seventy-five years. This is a picture book that sensitively introduces young readers to this tragedy and it concludes with a call for a better future.

Readers found this to be an accessible, yet powerful telling of a suppressed and horrific time in American history.

“BOX: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom” is a non-fiction picture book released in the year 2021. The fragility and cost of freedom. Following the life of a man that courageously shipped himself on out of slavery.

Henry Brown wrote that, long before he came to be known as Box, he came into the world a slave. Henry was put to work as a kid and got passed down from one generation on to the next—somebody’s property. When he became an adult, his wife and kids were sold away from him out of spite. Henry watched as his family left him bound in chains, headed off to the deeper South. What more was there that could be taken away from him? But then hope—and help—came to him in the form of the Underground Railroad. Escape!

In stanzas of six lines apiece, and each line representing a different side of the box, celebrated poet Carole Boston Weatherford narrates Henry’s story about how he came to ship himself in a box out of slavery on toward freedom.

It is augmented with historical records and features an introductory excerpt from his own writing as well as a timeline, a bibliography, and some notes from the author.

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