Kadir Nelson

Kadir Nelson

Bio

Kadir Nelson is the celebrated illustrator of such books as the Caldecott Honor books Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad and Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom; Dancing in the Wings; The Village That Vanished; Ellington Was Not a Street, winner of a Coretta Scott King Award; Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream; Thunder Rose, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book; He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands; and A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. He is also the author and illustrator of We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, winner of a Coretta Scott King Author Award and the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal and Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans, a Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner and Illustrator Honor Book. Among Mr. Nelson’s other awards are gold and silver medals from the Society of Illustrators. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and The New Yorker. He lives with his wife and daughters in San Diego.

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