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Decisions, Decisions

Picturing a Book

New York Times bestselling author Carole Boston Weatherford, an award-winning poet and a master of picture book nonfiction, discusses how she selects subject and premise, determines point of view and verb tense, develops voice, and mashes up the genres of poetry, biography, historical fiction and informational books.


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Carole Boston Weatherford
Carole Boston Weatherford

Books by New York Times best-selling author Carole Boston Weatherford have received three Caldecott Honor Medals, multiple Coretta Scott King awards and honors, two NAACP Image Awards, the Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor, Flora Steiglitz Straus Award, Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, Arnold Adoff Poetry Award and Honors, Charlotte Zolotow Award, Jefferson Cup, and Carter G. Woodson Award.

Her 50-plus titles include Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom ; Freedom in Congo Square; Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement; Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America , and Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane. Her latest picture books The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, In Your Hands, Dorothea Lange: How the Photographer Found the Faces of the Depression; and Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library .

Recipient of the North Carolina Award for literature, Carole teaches at Fayetteville State University.


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