Illustrations by Kadir Nelson

Whenever I see a book written or illustrated by Kadir Nelson, it immediately goes on my wish list for our library collection. I am captivated by his talent as an artist. Kadir Nelson’s illustrations are so life-like you want to reach out and touch them. His ability to reveal the joy, pain, and sadness in the faces of his subjects is uncanny.

From: WE ARE THE SHIP: The Story of NEGRO LEAGUE BASEBALL

Kadir Nelson celebrates his heritage in art and words. His work has been acclaimed by many. In the children’s publishing industry he has been honored with the Coretta Scott King Author and Illustrator Awards, the Robert F. Sibert Award, the Caldecott Honor Award, and the NAACP Image Award to name a few.

ABE'S HONEST WORDS: The Life of ABRAHAM LLINCOLN

In January, Nelson’s Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans won the Coretta Scott King Author Award and was the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book. He is a talent not to be overlooked.

February is Black History Month. Kadir Nelson and his illustrated books are two perfect ways to commemorate this event. Get one from your library today!

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2 Comments on “Illustrations by Kadir Nelson”


  1. Kadir Nelson’s WE ARE THE SHIP, The Story of Negro League Baseball is now on exhibition at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA. Come meet him on Sunday, Feb. 19th where he will give a gallery tour and do a book signing! You are right – his artwork is amazing! http://www.carlemuseum.org

  2. Skye Says:

    I agree, Kadir Nelson has amazing talent!


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