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Kadir Nelson

Kadir Nelson(Illustrator)Author's Website: kadirnelson.com

BiographyKadir Nelson was born on May 15th, 1974 in Washington D.C. Nelson began drawing at the young age of 3. When he was 11, Kadir was apprenticed under his uncle who was an artist and an art teacher. He graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. A lot of Nelson's books are about the lives of famous African Americans or famous legends. The artwork is usually done in watercolor, oil and/or pencil. His artwork is sometimes based on historic pictures such as those in Testing the Ice. Along with his work in children's books, Kadir has done work for Sports Illustrated, The Coca-Cola Company, The United States Postal Service, Major League Baseball, and Dreamworks. Nelson has worked with Will Smith, Deloris and Roslyn M Jordan (mother and sister of Michale Jordan), and Sharon Robinson (Jackie Robinson's daughter). He has also done album cover artwork for Michael Jackson's posthumous 2010 album Michael and Drake's album Nothing was the Same.

Awards2009 Sibert Medal for We Are the Ship2009 Coretta Scott King Award for Ellington Was Not a StreetNAACP Image Award for Just the Two of Us2007 Caldecott Honor for Moses2008 Caldecott Honor for Henry's Freedom Box

BooksHeart and Soul: The Story of America and African AmericansBig Jabe by Jerdine NolenNelson MandelaSalt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream by Deloris Jordan and Roslyn M. JordanThe Village that VanishedA Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis by Matt de la PenaA Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson by Michelle Y. GreenTesting the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson by Sharon RobinsonThunder Rose by Jerdine NolenAbe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln by Doreen Rappaport

Drake Album Cover

Kadir Nelson

Ellington was not a Street

Michael Jackson Album Cover

We are the Ship


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