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Kadir Nelson

Biography

Kadir Nelson

Kadir Nelson's award-winning books include ELLINGTON WAS NOT A STREET by Ntozake Shange, which won the Coretta Scott King Award and was an ALA Notable Children's Book and JUST THE TWO OF US by Will Smith, which received an NAACP Image Award. His latest book, NELSON MANDELA, was a 2014 ALA Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book. Nelson lives in Los Angeles, California.

Kadir Nelson

Books by Kadir Nelson

by Kadir Nelson - Children's, Environment, Picture
With spare text and breathtaking oil paintings, If You Plant a Seed demonstrates not only the process of planting and growing for young children but also how a seed of kindness can bear sweet fruit.
by Kadir Nelson - Children's, Fiction, Juvenile Fiction, Nature
Baby Bear is lost. He wanders through the forest, meeting other animals who offer advice: Trust yourself. Listen to your heart. Sing a song. Retrace your steps. As Baby Bear farther along on his journey, he gains courage and the comforting feeling that he is loved and never alone. With poetic text and stunning illustrations, BABY BEAR is a powerful addition to the canon of timeless picture-book classics.
written by Matt de la Pena with illustrations by Kadir Nelson - Children's, Children's Nonfiction

On the eve of World War II, African-American boxer Joe Louis fought German Max Schmeling with more at stake than the world heavyweight title. For much of America, their fight came to represent America’s war with Germany. This elegant and powerful picture book biography centers on this historic fight in which the American people came together to celebrate our nation’s founding ideals.

by Kadir Nelson - History, Nonfiction
THE STORY OF AMERICA AND AFRICAN AMERICANS is a story of hope and inspiration and unwavering courage. This is the story of the men, women, and children who toiled in the hot sun picking cotton for their masters; it's about the America ripped in two by Jim Crow laws; it's about the brothers and sisters of all colors who rallied against those who would dare bar a child from an education. It's a story of discrimination and broken promises, determination, and triumphs.
 
Told through the unique point of view and intimate voice of a one-hundred-year-old African-American female narrator, this inspiring book demonstrates that in gaining their freedom and equal rights, African Americans helped our country achieve its promise of liberty and justice—the true heart and soul of our nation.
Written and Illustrated by Kadir Nelson - African American Interest, Biography, Children's Nonfiction, Nonfiction

At nine years old, Nelson Mandela saw that in South Africa, his home, people were being kept apart by the color of their skin. He knew this was wrong and decided to fight hard to change the rules to make his country a country for all people.

Written by Martin Luther King, Jr., Illustrated by Kadir Nelson - Children's, Young Adult 10+

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King gave one of the most powerful and memorable speeches in our nation's history. His words, paired with Caldecott Honor winner Kadir Nelson's magnificent paintings, make for a picture book to be treasured by children and adults alike.

written by Will Smith, illustrated by Kadir Nelson