I Have a Dream

I Have a Dream

Robin and I have been figuring out how to finish things up here with some last-minute posts before the vote. Weirdly, we find that the three books we MOST want to discuss in the next two days are all about real people and have the word “Dream” in the title. I know this sounds like […]

A Profile of Kadir Nelson

Donna Bray and Kadir Nelson. Photo: Alessandra Balzer.

By Donna Bray It was May 2008, and I had just started my first new job in twelve years, as co-publisher of a new imprint at HarperCollins. I was energized, excited — and, frankly, a bit terrified. Being an editor without any books in the pipeline is, I imagine, like being a librarian with empty […]

2012 CSK Author Award Acceptance


By Kadir Nelson Good morning. It’s a pleasure to be here with you to celebrate the work of African American authors and illustrators whose books have been chosen as the best of the best of 2011. I feel privileged to share the company of esteemed peers whom I have long admired. I have always considered […]

Kadir Nelson Talks with Roger


Roger Sutton: Your new book, Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans, weaves together historical facts—about slavery, the Emancipation Proclamation, real people like Rosa Parks and Dr. King—with the stories of the relatives of your fictional narrator. It must have been quite complicated to do. What was your entry point? Kadir Nelson: […]

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans

Heart and Soul

So, our loquacious friends at Heavy Medal are burning up the internet talking about a picture book, Kadir Nelson’s Heart and Soul. Do read that discussion and then ask the big question, “Is this a picture book or an illustrated book?” I know, half of you are rolling your eyes and saying, “Isn’t that the […]

Not an Essay

A special guest article by Kadir Nelson, originally published in the September/October 2008 issue of Horn Book Magazine.