Author & Illustrator

Kadir Nelson

Biography

Kadir Nelson is an acclaimed artist and the illustrator of several New York Times bestselling picture books, including his authorial debut We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, which won a Coretta Scott King Award and a Sibert Medal. Kadir has received three additional Coretta Scott King Awards and five Coretta Scott King honors. He has also received two Caldecott Honors, for Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad and Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, and has twice received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work.

Black Heroes of the Wild West
The Undefeated
Blue Sky White Stars
Abe's Honest Words
If You Plant a Seed
Baby Bear
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans
Nelson Mandela
I Have a Dream
A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis
Testing the Ice: A True Story about Jackie Robinson

Most Popular Kadir Nelson Books

    Please, Baby, Please
    Kadir Nelson
    Salt in His Shoes
    Deloris Jordan, Roslyn M. Jordan, Kadir Nelson
    Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad
    Ellen Levine, Kadir Nelson
    The Undefeated
    Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson
    Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans
    Kadir Nelson
    Dancing in the Wings
    Debbie Allen, Kadir Nelson

Book Stats

6
Authored
19
Illustrated
12
Collaborators

All Kadir Nelson Books

YearTitleAuthorPages
2020Black Heroes of the Wild WestJames Otis Smith60
2019The UndefeatedKwame Alexander40
2017Blue Sky White StarsSarvinder Naberhaus40
2016Abe's Honest WordsDoreen Rappaport48
2015If You Plant a SeedKadir Nelson32
2014Baby BearKadir Nelson1
2013Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African AmericansKadir Nelson112
2013Nelson MandelaKadir Nelson40
2012I Have a Dream32
2011A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe LouisMatt De La Peña40
2009Testing the Ice: A True Story about Jackie RobinsonSharon Robinson40
2008We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League BaseballKadir Nelson96
2007Please, Baby, Please32
2007Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground RailroadEllen Levine40
2006Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to FreedomCarole Boston Weatherford48
2005He's Got the Whole World in His HandsKadir Nelson32
2004Ellington Was Not a StreetNtozake Shange40
2003Dancing in the WingsDebbie Allen32
2003Salt in His ShoesDeloris Jordan, Roslyn M. Jordan32

Collaborators

Deloris Jordan
Roslyn M. Jordan
Ellen Levine
Kwame Alexander
Debbie Allen
Carole Boston Weatherford
Doreen Rappaport
Sarvinder Naberhaus
Sharon Robinson
James Otis Smith
Ntozake Shange
Matt De La Peña

Book Dedications by Kadir Nelson

  • For my grandmother, Verlee Gunter Moore, I love you.
    The Undefeated