Baltimore-born and raised, Carol Boston Weatherford composed her first poem in first grade and dictated the verse to her mother. Her father, a high school printing teacher, printed some of her early poems on index cards. Since her first children's book, Juneteenth Jamboree, debuted in 1995, she has received many literary honors. The Sound that Jazz Makes (2000) won the Carter G. Woodson Award from National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and an NAACP Image Award nomination. Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins (2005) and Remember the Bridge: Poems of a People (2002) both won the North Carolina Juvenile Literature Award. Freedom on the Menu was a finalist for the North Carolina Children's Book Award. And Remember the Bridge was short-listed among the NCS5 Notables, International Reading Association Teachers' Choices and Voices of Youth Advocates Poetry Picks.
Carol earned a Master of Arts in publications design from the University of Baltimore and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She lives in North Carolina with her husband Ronald and their son and daughter. Sink or Swim is published under Just Us Books' Sankofa imprint.
Sink or Swim: African-American Life Savers of the Outer Banks