Vaunda’s Books

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

• 2020 American Library Association (ALA) Notable Children’s Book
Booklist‘s Top 10 Biographies for Youth 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.)

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.