Kadir Nelson, Passionate Illustrator Book List

Coretta Scott / poetry

By Ntozake Shange ; paintings by Kadir Nelson

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This extraordinary union of poetry and monumental artwork captures the movement for civil rights in the United States, and honors it most elegant inspiration, Coretta Scott.
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He's got the whole world in his hands

By Kadir Nelson

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A picture-book interpretation of one of America's best-known songs, focusing on landscapes and images of a boy and his family. Includes printed melody-line and all four verses.
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Please, baby, please

By Spike Lee & Tonya Lewis Lee ; illustrated by Kadir Nelson

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A toddler's antics keep her mother busy as she tries to feed her, watch her on the playground, give her a bath, and put her to bed.
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Henry's freedom box

By Ellen Levine ; illustrated by Kadir Nelson

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A fictionalized account of how in 1849 a Virginia slave, Henry "Box" Brown, escapes to freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate from Richmond to Philadelphia.
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Michael's golden rules

By Deloris and Roslyn Jordan ; illustrated by Kadir Nelson

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Jonathan's friend Michael, Michael's parents, and Jonathan's family help him do his best in the Badgers' big baseball game.
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Moses : when Harriet Tubman led her people to freedom

By Carole Boston Weatherford ; illustrated by Kadir Nelson.

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Describes Tubman's spiritual journey as she hears the voice of God guiding her north to freedom on that very first trip to escape the brutal practice of forced servitude. Tubman would make nineteen subsequent trips back south, never being caught, but none as profound as this first one.
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Testing the ice : a true story about Jackie Robinson

By Sharon Robinson ; illustrated by Kadir Nelson

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As a testament to his courage, Jackie Robinson's daughter shares memories of him, from his baseball career to the day he tests the ice for her, her brothers, and their friends.
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Thunder Rose

By Jerdine Nolen ; illustrated by Kadir Nelson

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Unusual from the day she is born, Thunder Rose performs all sorts of amazing feats, including building fences, taming a stampeding herd of steers, capturing a gang of rustlers, and turning aside a tornado.
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We are the ship : the story of Negro League baseball

By words and paintings by Kadir Nelson ; forward by Hank Aaron.

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Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through the decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947. Illustrations from oil paintings by artist Kadir Nelson.
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