Coretta Scott King Book Awards

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.  The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.  

 2015 

Author Award Winner

brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson An absorbing free verse memoir of a young girl growing up black and female in the 1960s and ‘70s full of arresting details and vivid imagery. Her choice of events and memories incorporate important historical events and her own evolution into the award-winning writer she has become.

From the time she was a child scribbling her name, Woodson told stories both true and not so true. After graduating from Adelphi University, she published her first book in 1990. Winner of many book awards, most recently the 2014 National Book Award Young People’s Literature, her published works range from picture books to young adult novels.

Illustrator Award Winner


Firebird
illustrated by Christopher Myers, written by Misty Copeland “The vibrant lines and colors mirror the movement of Copeland’s “Firebird”, says Patton.  “Encased in gorgeous collages and endpaper, balletic poses, leaping and bounding into the air at tremendous heights spur the imagination and inspire a young girl’s hopes and dreams,” said Patton.

 


John Steptoe Award for New Talent


When I Was the Greatest
by Jason Reynolds Living in an underserved neighborhood in Brooklyn, Allen/Ali befriends Noodles and his brother Needles, who has Tourette syndrome. In an authentic contemporary voice, Reynolds focuses on the importance of family, the acceptance of responsibility and the obligations of friendship and portrays a likeable teenager learning how to be a good man.

 

 

Author Honor Books
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
How I Discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson, illustrated by Hadley Hooper
How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

Illustrator Honor Books
JOSEPHINE: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, illustrated by Christian Robinson written by Patricia Hruby Powell

 

 

 


Little Melba and Her Big Trombone, illustrated by Frank Morrison, written by Katheryn Russell-Brown

2014

Author Award Winner
P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia In this spirited stand-alone sequel to “One Crazy Summer,” the Gaither sisters return to Brooklyn after a summer spent with their mother in Oakland, California. Delphine, Vonetta and Fern thrive in the tumultuous era of the late 1960s, but Delphine is tasked by her mother to, “P.S. Be Eleven.”

Illustrator Award Winner
Knock knock: my dad’s dream for me, by Bryan Collier In “Knock knock: my dad’s dream for me,” Bryan Collier brings to life Daniel Beaty’s powerful narrative of a son’s longing for his absent father. With his distinctive watercolor and collage technique, Collier captures the nuances of the urban setting and the son’s journey to manhood. (See review by Susan)

John Steptoe Award for New Talent
When the beat was born: DJ Kool Herc and the creation of hip hop illustrated by Theodore Taylor III, written by Laban Carrick Hill Taylor’s stylish artwork shows young Clive Campbell’s transformation into the DJ who helped launch hip-hop in the early 70’s. Using retro cartoon-style illustrations rendered in a palette that emphasizes browns, greens, reds and greys he transforms words on a page into a rhythmic beat that brings the words alive.

Author Honor
March: Book One, by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell
Darius & Twig, by Walter Dean Myers
Words with Wings
, by Nikki Grimes (See review by Susan)

Illustrator Honor

Nelson Mandela, by Kadir Nelson

2013

Author Award Winner
Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America, by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Illustrator Award Winner
I, Too, Am America, by Bryan Collier, adapted from work by Langston Hughes

Author Honor
Each Kindness, by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E. B. Lewis (See Susan’s Review)
No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Micheaux, Harlem Bookseller, by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Illustrator Honor
Ellen’s Broom,  illustrated by Daniel Minter, written by Kelly Starling Lyons
H. O. R. S. E. by Christopher Myers
I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr.,
illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Martin Luther King, Jr.,

John Steptoe Award for New Talent – No award presented

2012

Author Award Winner 
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans, by Kadir Nelson

Illustrator Award Winner
Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom, by Shane W. Evans

Author Honor
The Great Migration: Journey to the North, by Eloise Greenfield, illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist
Never Forgotten, by Patricia C. McKissack, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon

Illustrator Honor
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans, by Kadir Nelson

John Steptoe Award for New TalentNo award presented. 

2011

Author Award Winner
One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams-Garcia

Illustrator Award Winner
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick Hill (See Review by Susan)

Author Honor
Lockdown, by Walter Dean Myers
Ninth Ward, by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Yummy: The last Days of a Southside Shorty,
by G. Neri

Illustrator Honor
Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix, illustrated by Javaka Steptoe, written by Gary Golio

John Steptoe Award for New Talent
Zora and Me, by Victoria Bond and T. R. Simon
Seeds of Change,
illustrated by Sonia Lynn Sadler, written by Jen Cullerton Johnson

2010

Author Award Winner
Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Illustrator Award Winner
My People, illustrated by Charles R. Smith, Jr., written by Langston Hughes

Author Honor
Mare’s War, by Tanita S. Davis

Illustrator Honor
The Negro Speaks of Rivers, illustrated by E.B. Lewis, written by Langston Hughes

John Steptoe Award for New Talent
The Rock and the River, by Kekla Magoon

2009

Author Award Winner
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, by Kadir Nelson

Illustrator Award Winner
The Blacker the Berry, illustrated by Floyd Cooper, written by Joyce Carol Thomas

Author Honor
Keeping the Night Watch by Hope Anita Smith
The Blacker the Berry, by Joyce Carol Thomas, illustrated by Floyd Cooper
Becoming Billie Holiday, by Carole Boston Weatherford

Illustrator Honor
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, by Kadir Nelson
The Moon Over Star,
illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, written by Diana Hutts Aston
Before John Was a Jazz Giant, illustrated by Sean Qualls, written by Carole Boston Weatherford

John Steptoe Award for New Talent
Bird, illustrated, by Shadra Strickland, written by Zetta Elliott 

2008

Author Award Winner
Elijah of Buxton,
by Christopher Paul Curtis

Illustrator Award Winner
Let it Shine,
by Ashley Bryan

Author Honor
November Blues,
by Sharon M. Draper
Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali,
by Charles R. Smith, Jr., illustrated by Bryan Collier

Illustrator Honor
The Secret Olivia Told Me, illustrated by Nancy Devard, written by N. Joy
Jazz On A Saturday Night, by Leo and Diane Dillon

John Steptoe Award for New Talent
Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything In It, by Sundee T. Frazier

2007

Author Award Winner
Copper Sun, by Sharon Draper

Illustrator Award Winner
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Carole Boston Weatherford

Author Honor
The Road to Paris, by Nikki Grimes

Illustrator Honor
Jazz, illustrated by Christopher Myers, written by Walter Dean Myers
Poetry for Young People:  Langston Hughes, illustrated by Benny Andrews, edited by David Roessel and Arnold Rampersad

John Steptoe Award for New Talent
Standing Against the Wind, by Traci L. Jones

2006

Author Award Winner
Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue, by Julius Lester

Illustrator Award Winner
Rosa, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Nikki Giovanni

Author Honor
Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl, by Tonya Bolden
Dark Sons,
by Nikki Grimes
A Wreath for Emmett Till, by Marilyn Nelson, illustrated by Philippe Lardy

Illustrator Honor
Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan, by illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Mary Williams

John Steptoe Award for New Talent
Jimi & Me, by Jaime Adoff

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards, 1970 – 2005

 

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