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Carole Boston Weatherford


Baltimore-born and raised, is an award-winning poet and author of over two dozen books for young readers, including: Birmingham, 1963 and Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom. Birmingham, 1963 won the 2008 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, the Jefferson Cup and is a Jane Addams Children's Book Award Honor Book in the category of Books for Older Readers. Her book, Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom received the Coretta Scott King award for illustration and a Caldecott Honor. Other titles by Weatherford include: A Negro League Scrapbook; Sidewalk Chalk: Poems of the City; Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-ins; I, Matthew Henson: Polar Explorer; Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane, and her young adult debut, Becoming Billie Holiday. In 2007, Carole received the Ragan-Rubin Award from the North Carolina English Teachers Association.

Carole worked as a publicist for 20 years. She earned a Master of Arts in publications design from the University of Baltimore and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She teaches at Fayetteville State University.
Carole Weatherford