Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library

By Carole Boston Weatherford
Illustrated by Eric Velasquez

“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)

Amid the scholars, poets, authors, and artists of the Harlem Renaissance stood an Afro–Puerto Rican named Arturo Schomburg. This law clerk’s passion was to collect books, letters, music, and art from Africa and the African diaspora and bring to light the achievements of people of African descent through the ages. A century later, his groundbreaking collection, known as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, has become a beacon to scholars all over the world. In luminous paintings and arresting poems, two of children’s literature’s top African-American scholars track Arturo Schomburg’s quest to correct history.

  • More than a biography of Arturo Schomburg, first curator of the New York Public Library's black history and culture collection, this is also a collective biography of notable people of African descent, from Phillis Wheatley and Beethoven to Schomburg's contemporaries Booker T. Washington and Marcus Garvey.
  • A masterful work of African American scholarship from two giants in the field, Coretta Scott King Honoree Carole Boston Weatherford and Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award Winner Eric Velasquez, who were nominated for an NAACP Image Award for a previous collaboration.
  • Another biography in poems from the author of the multiple award-winning Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement.

About the author

Carole Boston Weatherford is a New York Times best-selling author and poet. Her numerous books for children include the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor Book Becoming Billie Holiday, illustrated by Floyd Cooper, and the Caldecott Honor Books Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, and Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, illustrated by Ekua Holmes. Carole Boston Weatherford lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

About the illustrator

Eric Velasquez is the illustrator of numerous books for children, including several previous collaborations with Carole Boston Weatherford. He won the John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award for his illustrations of The Piano Man, written by Debbi Chocolate. Eric Velasquez is also the author-illustrator of the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award–winning Grandma’s Gift. Born in Harlem, he lives and works in Hartsdale, New York.

ISBN: 9781536208979
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: September 1, 2019
Dimensions: 248 x 300mm, 48pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $17.99
New Zealand RRP: $19.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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