"Inspirational.... A memorable life dedicated to music and civil rights, presented with commensurate style."
-Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review (The Legendary Miss Lena Horne)
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"Exceptionally handsome book."
-Booklist, Starred Review (The Legendary Miss Lena Horne)
"One of the leading documentary photographers of the twentieth century comes to life in Weatherford's latest historical work."
-Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review (Dorothea Lange)
"Weatherford and Zunon vibrantly capture the setbacks and triumphs of African-American performer Lena Horne, tracing her rise from a Brooklyn childhood to a singer and actress who faced persistent racism."
-Publishers Weekly, Starred Review (The Legendary Miss Lena Horne)
"A must-read for a deeper understanding of a well-connected genius who enriched the cultural road map for African-Americans and books about them."
-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) (Schomburg)
"Lifelong bibliophile Arturo Schomburg would be pleased by Weatherford’s prose-poem biography, which praises his passion for researching and collecting books, manuscripts, and other written materials relating black heritage and history."
-Booklist (Starred Review) (Schomburg)
"An exceptional gift to black families, and with its important underlying messages of our times, this title should be added to most library collections. Best shared one-on-one with a loved one."
-School Library Journal (Starred Review) (In Your Hands)
"For all its beauty and lyricism, Weatherford’s book doesn’t equivocate. Because for children like Omari, the stakes are as high as their mothers’ love is deep. 'I add my prayers to the chorus,' she writes. 'Black lives matter. Your life matters.'"
-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (In Your Hands)
"This picture book will move many readers, including adults, with its lyrical yet powerful words and art."
-Booklist (Starred Review) (In Your Hands)
"While the book does not speak as much to young children as it does to their caregivers, the pictures of a young black boy growing to adolescence and adulthood and the power of the mother’s prayer...make it one that may well transcend early readings to become a book to return to as a child becomes a man."
-Horn Book (In Your Hands)
"This excellent work of history illuminates Schomburg and his legendary collection for a new generation."
-School Library Journal (Starred Review) (Schomburg)
"Schomburg’s ambitions, scholarship, and accomplishments were tremendous...and Weatherford and Velasquez more than do justice to them."
-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Schomburg)
"Picking up Schomburg's torch almost a century later, Weatherford and Velasquez are continuing to ensure that African history isn't lost."
-Shelf Awareness (Schomburg)
"The remarkable life and achievements of the Afro-Puerto Rican scholar, collector and curator Arturo Schomburg have ideal chroniclers in Weatherford (Freedom in Congo Square) and Velasquez (Grandma’s Gift)."
-The New York Times (Schomburg)
"Two African-American scholars have written a poetic biography of Arturo Schomburg, the immigrant who created a library in Harlem to prevent the disappearance of African voices from history."
-Shelf Awareness, Starred Review (Schomburg)
"Weatherford does her own amazing job of telling the story in rhymed couplets that make the events digestible for young readers. Her compact history is juxtaposed against Morrison’s majestic paintings, dramatic spreads that breathe life into both Newton’s story and the history that followed."
-Booklist (How Sweet the Sound)
"The spare, four-line verses embody all the right ingredients, blending together creative wordplay, clever allusions, expressive storytelling, and shout-outs to other artists, all delivered in a rhythmic beat."
-Booklist (Starred Review) (By the By)
"This artful introduction to one of the most influential cultural movements of the 20th century pulses with the energy and rhythm of its subject."
-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (By the By)
"Weatherford tells Tindley’s story in rhyming verse that captures his drive for spiritual growth, service, and musical expression."
-Kirkus Reviews (By the By)
"This picture book conveys that Tindley lived his life with purpose and left a lasting legacy of faith expressed through gospel music."
-Booklist (Starred Review) (By the By)
". . . the book artfully expresses difficult truths while being mindful of a child audience."
"Weatherford’s moving, poetic verse gives the story a very personal tone as the reader becomes immersed in Brown’s harrowing tale of loss and sorrow and his determination to be free."
-Horn Book (Starred Review) (Box)
"An artful and introspective retelling of the life of a remarkable man and a painful era in U.S. history."
-School Library Journal (Starred Review) (Box)
"Weatherford's first-person . . . rhyming narrative includes italicized lines from Tindley's hymns. . . ."
-Horn Book (By the By)
"This beautiful volume will make an excellent addition to biography collections and broaden available resources for black history studies in elementary and middle school classrooms."
-School Library Journal (By the By)
"Heartbreaking and Legendary."
-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) (Box)
"A powerful assortment of colors, textures, and artistic styles illustrate this true story of how Henry 'Box' Brown escaped enslavement in 1849 via a harrowing journey inside a sealed crate."
-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Box)
"This verse novel tells one cohesive story of a life lived. A highly enjoyable title recommended for reluctant readers and students intrigued by fame and stardom."
-School Library Journal
"This book, with its exquisite page design, meticulously incorporated research, and magnetic subject won't lack in the slightest for readers."
"A window into a uniquely magnificent and terrifying life."
-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)