Kadir Nelson (born May 15, 1974) is an award-winning African-American artist, illustrator and author. His work is focused on African-American culture and history.
Early life [ edit ]
Nelson graduated from the
Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. [1 ]
Exhibitions [ edit ]
Nelson has had exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States and the world, including the
Museum of Tolerance, and the [2 ] Society of Illustrators. [3 ]
Bibliography [ edit ]
Illustrations only unless otherwise indicated.
Brothers of the Knight by Debbie Allen. Dial, 1999.
Big Jabe by Jerdine Nolen. HarperCollins, 2000. [4 ]
Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream by Deloris and Roslyn Jordan. Simon and Schuster, 2000. [5 ]
Dancing in the Wings, Debbie Allen. Dial, 2000. [6 ]
Just the Two of Us by Will Smith. Scholastic, 2001.( NAACP Image Award) [7 ]
Please, Baby, Please by Spike and Tonya Lee. Simon and Schuster, 2002. [8 ]
Under the Christmas Tree by Nikki Grimes. HarperCollins, 2002.
The Village that Vanished by Ann Grifalconi. Dial, 2002. [9 ]
Thunder Rose by Jerdine Nolen. Harcourt, 2003.
Ellington Was Not a Street by Ntozake Shange. Simon and Schuster, 2004. ( Coretta Scott King Author Award) [10 ]
He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, based on the traditional song lyrics. Dial, 2005. [11 ]
The Real Slam Dunk by Charisse Richardson. Dial, 2005. [12 ]
Hewitt Anderson’s Great Big Life by Jerdine Nolen. Simon and Schuster, 2005. [13 ]
Please, Puppy, Please by Spike and Tonya Lee. Simon and Schuster, 2005. [14 ]
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, by Carole Boston Weatherford, Hyperion/Jump at the Sun, 2006 (2007 Caldecott Honor book) [15 ]
Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad, Ellen Levine. Scholastic, 2007.(2008 Caldecott Honor book)
Michael's Golden Rules by Deloris Jordan, introduction by Michael Jordan. Simon and Schuster, 2007. [16 ]
We Are the Ship:The Story of Negro League Baseball, written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, foreword by Hank Aaron, Hyperion/Jump at the Sun, 2008. [17 ]
Abe's Hones Words, by Doreen Rappaport. Hyperion, 2008. ISBN 978-142310408-7
Change Has Come: An Artist Celebrates Our American Spirit, quotations from Barack Obama, black and white line drawings by Kadir Nelson. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2009. ISBN 978-1-4169-8955-4
Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson, by Sharon Robinson, Scholastic, 2009; ISBN 978-0-545-05251-1
All God's Critters, song lyrics by Bill Staines, Simon and Schuster, 2009
Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya, by Donna Jo Napoli, Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, 2010, ISBN 978-1-4169-3505-6
A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis, by Matt de la Peña, Dial Books, 2011, ISBN 978-0-8037-3167-7 [18 ]
Nelson Mandela, written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, 2013, ISBN 0061783749
Baby Bear, written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, 2014
Book awards [ edit ]
Nelson is a two-time
Caldecott Honor Award winner. He received an NAACP Image Award for the book Just the Two of Us. For his book, We Are The Ship: The Story of , he received the 2008 Negro League Baseball CASEY Award for best baseball book, the 2009 [19 ] Coretta Scott King Author Award, and the 2009 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award. His book, [20 ] Nelson Mandela, was a Coretta Scott King honor book in 2014. [21 ]
Album cover art [ edit ]
Nelson created the mural used as cover art for
Michael Jackson's posthumous 2010 album . Michael [22 ] [23 ]
On Friday, December 10, 2010, a 29,070-square-foot (2,701 m
2) poster depicting the Michael album artwork was erected at the Rectory Farm in Middlesex, England, which broke a Guinness World Record for the largest poster in the world. [24 ]
On Wednesday, August 21, 2013, it was announced that Nelson had created the work of art used for
Drake's 2013 album . Nothing Was the Same [25 ]
Postage stamps [ edit ]
Nelson designed the pair of 44-cent U.S. postage stamps that were issued by the
U.S. Postal Service in 2010, to honor Negro Leagues baseball. [26 ]
References [ edit ]
^ "TheGrio's 100: Kadir Nelson, drawing from the past to illustrate hope" 02/01/2010
^ ONCE UPON A WORLD CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD, 2005 winner, Museum of Tolerance website
^ 2009 Original Art: The Fine Art of Children's Book Illustrations, October 22, 2009 - November 25, 2009, Society of Illustrators website
^ Big Jabe, HarperCollins website
^ Salt in His Shoes, Simon & Schuster website
^ Dancing in the Wings, Penguin USA website
^ Just the Two of Us, Scholastic website
^ Please, Baby, Please at Simon & Schuster website
^ The Village that Vanished at Penguin USA website
^ Ellington Was Not a Street at Simon & Schuster website
^ He's Got the Whole World in His Hands at Penguin USA website
^ The Real Slam Dunk at Scholastic website
^ Hewitt Anderson's Great Big Life at Simon & Schuster website
^ Please, Puppy, Please at Simon & Schuster website
^ Moses at Disney Books website
^ Michael's Golden Rules at Simon & Schuster website
^ We Are the Ship website
^ Margolick, David (April 8, 2011). "Children's Books - 'A Nation's Hope' and 'Bird in a Box. '" The New York Times.
^ "CASEY Award". Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine . Retrieved 2011-10-22.
^ "Kadir Nelson wins 2009 Sibert Medal". American Library Association. January 26, 2009 . Retrieved 2011-10-22.
^ And the Newbery, Caldecott award winners are..., Ashley Strickland, CNN, January 27, 2014
^ http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/51942/231058 "New Michael Jackson Album Out December 14", Jem Aswad, Rolling Stone Magazine, Nov 04, 2010
^ "Michael Jackson Asked Album-Cover Artist To Paint Him Before He Died", Gil Kaufman, MTV News, Dec. 13, 2010
^ "Michael Jackson Poster breaks records". 2010-12-10 . Retrieved 2010-10-08.
^ Krueger, Anne (May 6, 2010). "Negro Leagues players get stamp on history". The San Diego Union-Tribune . Retrieved 2011-11-02. "Nelson said he’s not a huge baseball fan .... He’s more intrigued with the history of the league that provided the only way for black baseball players to compete professionally before Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color line with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947."
External links [ edit ]