Carole Boston Weatherford is an award-winning author of children’s books, including Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library (SCBWI Golden Kite Award for Nonfiction, We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) Walter Award, Carter G. Woodson Honor, National Council for the Social Studies), Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America (NAACP Image Award), Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement (Caldecott Honor, Sibert Honor, Coretta Scott King John Steptoe New Talent Award and Flora Steiglitz Straus Award from Bank Street College of Education), Sugar Hill: Harlem’s Historic Neighborhood (Arnold Adoff Early Poetry Honor), Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom (NAACP Image Award, Coretta Scott King Award and Caldecott Honor Medal), Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor and the SCBWI Golden Kite Honor) and many more.
For career achievements, Carole received the Ragan-Rubin Award from North Carolina English Teachers Association and the North Carolina Literature Award, among the state’s highest civilian honors. She holds an M.A. in publications design from University of Baltimore and an M.F.A. in creative writing from University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She is a Professor of English at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.