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Kadir Nelson


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

Written by Jason Reynolds with illustrations by Kadir Nelson. - Adventure, Comic Books, Fiction, Superhero , Young Adult 12+

Miles Morales is just your average teenager: chilling out playing video games with his best friend, crushing on beautiful poet Alicia. He's even got a scholarship at the prestigious Brooklyn Visions Academy. Oh yeah, and he's Spider Man. When a misunderstanding leads to his suspension from school, Miles begins to question his abilities, but he can't shake the nightmares that continue to haunt him or the relentless buzz of his spidey-sense every day in history class, amidst his teacher's lectures. After his scholarship is threatened, Miles uncovers a chilling plot, one that puts his friends, his neighborhood and himself at risk. It's time for Miles to suit up.

Written by Tom Feelings with an introduction by Kadir Nelson, Sylviane A. Diouf, and Kamili Feelings - African American Interest, History, Nonfiction, Young Adult 13+

Alex Haley's ROOTS awakened many Americans to the cruelty of slavery. THE MIDDLE PASSAGE focuses attention on the torturous journey which brought slaves from Africa to the Americas, allowing readers to bear witness to the sufferings of an entire 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.

by Kadir Nelson - African American Interest

The story of America and African Americans is a story of hope and inspiration and unwavering courage. But it is also the story of injustice. Kadir Nelson presents an intimate introduction to the history of America and African Americans, from colonial days through the civil rights movement.

written by Will Smith, illustrated by Kadir Nelson