Carole Boston Weatherford is an African American author and critic, now living in North Carolina, United States. She is the winner of the 2022 Coretta Scott King Award for Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre. She writes children’s literature and some historical books, as well as poetry and commentaries. Weatherford is best known for her books Juneteenth Jamboree, Freedom in Congo Square, and You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen. Notably, Weatherford has written literary criticisms of racist representations in children’s entertainment. Today, she often writes with her son, Jeffery Boston Weatherford, who is an illustrator and poet.
Juneteenth Jamboree, with Yvonne Buchanan (illustrator), 1995, Lee & Low Books
Grandma and Me, with Michelle Mills (illustrator), 1997, Writers & Readers Publishing,
Me & the Family Tree, with Michelle Mills (illustrator), 1997, Writers & Readers Publishing,
Mighty Menfolk, with Michelle Mills (illustrator), 1997, Writers & Readers Publishing,
My Favorite Toy, with Michelle Mills (illustrator), 1997, Writers & Readers Publishing,
Somebody’s Knocking at Your Door: AIDS and the African-American Church, with Ronald J. Weatherford (Author) and Harold G. Koenig (Author), 1998, Routledge,
The Tar Baby on the Soapbox, 1999, Methodist College,
Sink or Swim: African-American Lifesavers of the Outer Banks, 1999, Coastal Carolina Press,
The African American Struggle for Legal Equality, 2000, Enslow Publishers,
The Sound that Jazz Makes, with Eric Velasquez (illustrator), 2001, Walker Books,
Sidewalk Chalk: Poems of the City, with Dimitrea Tokunbo (illustrator), 2001, Wordsong,
Princeville: The 500-Year Flood, 2001, Coastal Carolina Press,
Remember the Bridge: Poems of a People, 2002, Philomel Books,
Jazz Baby, with Laura Freeman (illustrator), 2002, Lee & Low Books,
Stormy Blues, 2002, Xavier Review Press,
Great African American Lawyers: Raising the Bar of Freedom, 2003, Enslow Publishers,
Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins, with Jerome Lagarrigue (illustrator), 2005, Dial Books for Young Readers,
A Negro League Scrapbook, 2005, Boyds Mills Press,
The Carolina Parakeet: America’s Lost Parrot in Art and Memory, 2005, Avian Publications,
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her people to Freedom, with Kadir Nelson (illustrator), 2006, Jump at the Sun/Hyperion,
Dear Mr. Rosenwald, with R. Gregory Christie (illustrator), 2006, Scholastic Press,
Champions on the Bench: The 1955 Cannon Street YMCA All-Stars, with Leonard Jenkins (illustrator), 2006, Dial Books for Young Readers,
Jesse Owens: Fastest Man Alive, with Eric Velasquez (illustrator), 2006, Walker Books,
Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane, with Sean Qualls (illustrator), 2007, Henry Holt,
Celebremos Juneteenth, with Yvonne Buchanan (illustrator), 2007, Lee & Low Books,
Birmingham, 1963, 2007, Wordsong,
I, Matthew Henson, with Eric Velasquez (illustrator), 2007, Walker Books,
The Library Ghost, with Lee White (illustrator), 2008, Upstart Books,
Becoming Billie Holiday, with Floyd Cooper (illustrator), 2008, Wordsong.
Racing Against the Odds: Wendell Scott, African American Stock Car Champion, 2009, Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books.
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, 2015. Illustrator Ekua Holmes was the 2016 winner of the Steptoe Award for New Talent.
Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America, with Jamey Christoph, 2015. Whitman, Albert & Company.
Freedom in Congo Square, with R. Gregory Christie, 2016. little bee books.
In Your Hands, with Brian Pinkney, 2017. Atheneum Books for Young Readers.
You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen, with Jeffrey Boston Weatherford, 2017. Atheneum Books for Young Readers.
Dear Mr. Rosenwald, with R. Gregory Christie, 2017. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
Racing Against the Odds: The Story of Wendell Scott, Stock Car Racing’s African American Champion, with Eric Velasquez, 2018. Two Lions.
How Sweet the Sound: The Story of Amazing Grace, with Frank Morrison, 2018. Atheneum Books for Young Readers.
Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You, with James E. Ransome, 2018. Bloomsbury USA (Children).
The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop, with Frank Morrison, 2018. little bee books.
Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library, with Eric Velasquez, 2019. Candlewick.