Vaunda’s Books

Let ’er Buck! George Fletcher, the People’s Champion
Illustrations by Gordon C. James Carolrhoda Books, 2019

• 2020 Spur Award Winner: Best Western Storyteller (Western Writers of America)
• 2020 Will Rogers Medallion Award Winner: Western Nonfiction/Young Readers Illustrated Book
• 2020 American Library Association (ALA) Notable Children’s Book
• 2019 Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books for 2019


Dream March: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the March on Washington
Illustrations by Sally Wern Comport Random House Children’s Books, 2017

• Starred, School Library Journal

Don’t Call Me Grandma
Illustrations by Elizabeth Zunon Carolrhoda Books, 2016

• A Best Book of 2016, National Public Radio





The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore
Illustrations by R. Gregory Christie Carolrhoda Books, 2015

• 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award
• 2016 Jane Addams Children’s Book Honor
• Starred reviews in Booklist and Kirkus Reviews    




No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller
Illustrations by R. Gregory Christie Carolrhoda Lab, 2012

• 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction
• 2013 Coretta Scott King Author Honor
• Best of Show, 2012 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards
• Starred reviews in The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal  




Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal
Illustrations by R. Gregory Christie Carolrhoda Books, 2009

• 2010 Coretta Scott King Author Award
• 2010 Simon Weisenthal “Once Upon a World” Children’s Book Award
• Carter G. Woodson Honor Book
• 2010 Western Writers of America Spur Finalist
• A Washington Post and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
• Starred reviews in The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal


Co-author: Drew Nelson
Illustrations by Mark Schroder Millbrook Press, 2006

• Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year  





Almost to Freedom
Illustrations by Colin Bootman Carolrhoda Books, 2003

• 2004 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor      





Ready? Set. Raymond!
Illustrations by Derek Anderson Random House, 2002







Other books by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson:

Who Will I Be, Lord?
Illustrations by Sean Qualls Random House, 2009 (o.p.) 

  • “Highly Commended” by the Charlotte Zolotow Award Committee of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CBC)

Beyond Mayfield
G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1999 (o.p.)

  • 1999 Parents’ Choice Gold Award

G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1995 (o.p.)

  • 1995 Parents’ Choice Gold Award

Mayfield Crossing
G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1993 (o.p.)

  • 27th Georgia Children’s Book Award
  • Starred review in Booklist

Always Gramma
Illustrations by Kimanne Uhler
G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1988 (o.p.)

  • Children’s Book Council (CBC) Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies

Poetry by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
“What Am I?” Cricket, February 2005
“Family,” Cricket, June 2001
“Snow White,” Cicada, May/June 1999


Books can be acquired at local libraries or purchased
through bookstores or online retailers.

To obtain multiple copies at discounted prices for author
events contact Lerner Publishing Group at 1-800-328-4929
or Penguin Random House at 1-800-726-0600.