Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre
Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre

By Carole Boston Weatherford


Publication Date: February 2, 2021

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A Caldecott Honor Book

Winner of the 2022 Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award!

Winner of the 2022 Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award!

An Honor Book in the 2022 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Awards--for most distinguished informational books for children!


Grades 3 to 6

A remarkable look at a significant moment in our nation's past, shedding light on racial violence and offering hope for a better future.

"A must-have"-Booklist (starred review)

Also starred by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, The Horn Book, School Library Journal, and BookPage

Celebrated author Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrator Floyd Cooper provide a powerful look at the Tulsa Race Massacre, one of the worst incidents of racial violence in our nation's history. The book traces the history of African Americans in Tulsa's Greenwood district and chronicles the devastation that occurred in 1921 when a white mob attacked the Black community.

News of what happened was largely suppressed, and no official investigation occurred for seventy-five years. This picture book sensitively introduces young readers to this tragedy and concludes with a call for a better future.

About the Author

Carole Boston Weatherford is the author of numerous award-winning books. When she's not traveling or visiting museums, Carole is mining the past for family stories, fading traditions, and forgotten struggles. She lives in North Carolina.Floyd Cooper is a Coretta Scott King Award winner and illustrator of numerous books for children including Ruth and the Green Book, A Spy Called James, and Unspeakable. He received a degree in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma, and currently lives in Easton, Pennsylvania with his wife and two sons.

Format: Hardcover

Length: 32 pages

Publisher: Carolrhoda Books ®

Publication Date: February 2, 2021

ISBN: 9781541581203

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