By and By: Charles Albert Tindley, the Father of Gospel Music

Carole Boston Weatherford (Author) Bryan Collier (Illustrator)

Product Details

$17.99  $16.55
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
January 14, 2020
9.0 X 12.1 X 0.5 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

Carole Boston Weatherford has written many award-winning books for children, including Caldecott Honor winners Freedom in Congo Square; Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement; and Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom. Her recent books include By and By, The Roots of Rap, Be a King, How Sweet the Sound, In Your Hands, and The Legendary Miss Lena Horne. Carole lives in North Carolina. Visit her at

Bryan Collier is a beloved illustrator known for his unique style combining watercolor and detailed collage. He is a four-time Caldecott Honor recipient for Trombone Shorty, Dave the Potter, Martin's Big Words, and Rosa. His books have won many other awards as well, including six Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards. His recent books include By and By, Thurgood, The Five O'Clock Band, and Between the Lines. He lives in New York with his family.


* "Simply written, evocative text . . . expressive watercolor-and-collage artwork . . . This picture book conveys that Tindley lived his life with purpose and left a lasting legacy of faith expressed through gospel music."--Booklist, starred review
"Weatherford tells Tindley's story in rhyming verse that captures his drive for spiritual growth, service, and musical expression. Collier's strong, vivid watercolor-and-collage illustrations enhance the text and visually depict the various facets of Tindley's life. . . . A lively salute to an important, influential life of music and service."--Kirkus Reviews
"Weatherford's couplets thrum like drumbeats, and they're interwoven with italicized lines from songs (identified in end matter as coming from spirituals that inspired Tindley and hymns he himself wrote). . . . A sonorous readaloud."--BCCB
"Weatherford weaves the words of hymns the figure wrote into lines that describe his slow, steady rise . . . until he became pastor of an urban church with 15,000 parishioners and wrote dozens of hymns for them to sing. Collier creates one compelling watercolor and collage spread after another, from a view of the small boy shadowed by tall trees as he trudges to church to congregants joined in song with Tindley at the pulpit. . . . Weatherford artfully champions Tindley's achievements, and Collier portrays both the man and his life events with memorable visual power."--Publishers Weekly
"Weatherford's first-person, somewhat singsong-y rhyming narrative includes italicized lines from Tindley's hymns (some of which also appear in the art), further emphasizing the preacher's foundation in his faith. Collier's watercolor and collage images beautifully reflect the man's life and times, from the wide expanse of emerald-hued fields in which Tindley labored as a child and the bright blue sky above, to luminous, larger-than-life portraits of him orating as an adult."--The Horn Book
"This beautiful volume will make an excellent addition to biography collections and broaden available resources for black history studies in elementary and middle school classrooms."--School Library Journal