Vaunda Micheaux Nelson’s love of history and family is reflected in many of her award-winning books. She received the 2010 Coretta Scott King Author Award for Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal. No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller won the 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction and a 2013 Coretta Scott King Author Honor. The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore won a 2016 Jane Addams Children’s Book Honor and a 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for R. Gregory Christie’s illustrations. Let ‘Er Buck: George Fletcher, the People’s Champion won a 2020 Spur Award from Western Writers of America and a 2020 Will Rogers Medallion Award. Her latest title, Ready? Set. Birthday! (a Step-Into-Reading book from Random House) was selected as a 2022 Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Fiction for Younger Readers.
Selected Interviews and Articles
- ¡COLORES! PBS, November 18th, 2017. “Children’s author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson shares how her writing stems from learning about her heroes.”
- “Mind the Gaps: Books for ALL Young Readers,” Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, The Horn Book, 25 February 2015
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