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Coretta Scott King Award Books

Coretta Scott King awards are presented annually to an African American author and an African American illustrator for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions.


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Award Years
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996
1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978

2014

Author Award:

P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia (F Wil)

Illustrator Award:

Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me  Illustrated by Bryan Collier & Written By Daniel Beaty (P Bea)

John Steptoe New Talent Award:

When the Beat was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop by Laban Carrick Hill & Illustrated By Theodore Taylor III (B Kool)

Author Honor:

March: Book Oneby John Lewis & Andrew Aydin (B Lewis)
Darius & Twig by Walter Dean Myers (F Mye)

Words with Wings Written by Nikki Grimes (F Gri)

Illustrator Honor:

Nelson Mandela Illustrated & Written byKadir Nelson (B Mandela)

2013

Author Award:

Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America  by Andrea Davis Pinkney (973.0496073 Pin)

Illustrator Award:

I, Too, Am America  Illustrated by Bryan Collier & Written By Langston Hughes (P Hug)

Author Honor:

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson (P Woo)
No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (F Nel)

Illustrator Honor:

Ellen's Broom Illustrated by Daniel Minter & Written by Kelly Starling Lyons (P Lyo)
H.O.R.S.E  Illustrated & Written by Christopher Myers (P Mye)
I Have a Dream  Illustrated by Kadir Nelson & Written by Martin Luther King Jr (B King)

2012

Author Award:

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson (973 Nel )

Illustrator Award:

Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom Illustrated & Written By Shane W Evans(973.7115 Eva)

Author Honor:

The Great Migration: Journey to the North by Eloise Greenfield (811.54 Gre)
Never Forgotten by Patricia C McKissack (F McK)

Illustrator Honor:

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans Illustrated & Written by Kadir Nelson(973 Nel)

2011

Author Award:

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (F Wil )

Illustrator Award:

Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave Illustrated by Brian Collier Written By Laban Carrick Hill(738.092 Hil)

Author Honor:

Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers (F Mye)
Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes (F Rho)
Yummy: The Last Days of Southside Shorty by G Neri(305.896 Ner)

Illustrator Honor:

Jimi Sounds Like a Rainbow : A Story of Young Jimi Hendrix Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe(787.87 Gol)

2010

Author Award:

Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (363.282092 Nel)

Illustrator Award:

My People Illustrated by Charles R Smith Jr Written by Langston Hughes (811.52 Hug)

John Steptoe New Talent Award:

The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon (On Order)

Author Honor:

Mare's War by Tanita S Davis (F Dav)

Illustrator Honor:

The Negro Speaks of Rivers Illustrated by E B Lewis(811.52 Hug)

2009

Author Award:

We Are the Ship: The Story of the Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson (796.357 Nel)

Illustrator Award:

The Blacker the Berry Illustrated by Floyd Cooper Written by Joyce Carol Thomas (811.54 Tho)

John Steptoe New Talent Award:

Bird by Zetta Elliott (P Ell)

Author Honor:

The Blacker the Berry by Joyce Carol Oates (811.54 Tho)
Keeping the Night Watch by Hope Anita Smith (F Smi)
Becoming Billie Holliday by Carole Boston Weatherford (813.54 Wes)

Illustrator Honor:

We are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball Illustrated by Kadir Nelson (796.357 Nel)
Before John Was a Jazz Giant Illustrated by Sean Qualls ( 788.7165092 Wea)
The Moon Over Star Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney ( P Ast))

2008

Author Award:

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis (F Cur)

Illustrator Award:

Let it Shine by Ashely Bryan (782.2530268 Let)

John Steptoe New Talent Award:

Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything in it by Sundee T Fraizer (F Fra)

Author Honor:

November Blues by Sharon Draper(F Dra)
Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammed Ali by Charles R Smith Jr.(796.83092 Smi)

Illustrator Honor:

The Secret Olivia Told Me Illustrated by Nancy Devard (P Joy)
Jazz on a Saturday Night Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon (781.65 Dil)

2007

Author Award:

Copper Sun by Sharon Draper (F Dra)

Illustrator Award:

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom Illustrated by Kadir Nelson(P Wea)

John Steptoe New Talent Award:

Standing Against Wind by Traci L. Jones (F Jon)

Author Honor:

The Road to Paris by Nikki Grimes(F Gri)

Illustrator Honor:

Jazz Illustrated by Christopher Myers (P Mye)
Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes Illustrated by Benny Andrew (811.52 Hug)

2006

Author Award:

Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue by Julius Lester (F Les)

Illustrator Award:

Rosa Illustrated by Bryan Collier (B Parks)

John Steptoe New Talent Award:

Jimi and Me by Jaime Adoff(F Ado)

Author Honor:

Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl by Tonya Bolden (B Maritcha)
Dark Sons by Nikki Grimes(F Gri)
A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson (811.54 Nel)

Illustrator Honor:

Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan by Gregory Christie (P Wil)

2005

Author Award:

Remember: The Journey to School Integration by Toni Morrison (379.2630973 Mor)

Illustrator Award:

Ellington Was Not a Street Illustrated by Kadir Nelson (811.54 Sha)

John Steptoe New Talent Award:

Missy Violet and Me by Barbara Hathaway(Not in CMC)
Jazzy Miz Mozetta by Brenda C. Roberts(Not in CMC)

Honor:

The Legend of Buddy Bush by Sheila P. Moses (F Mos)
Who Am I Without Him?: Short Stories About Girls and the Boys in Their Lives by Sharon G. Flake(F Fla)
Fortune's Bones: The Manumission Requiem by Marilyn Nelson (811.54 Nel)
God Bless the Child by Billie Holiday & Arthur Herzog Jr. (782.421640268 Hol)

Author Award:

The First Part Last by Angela Johnson (F Joh)

Illustrator Award:

Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan (398.209689404528 Bry)

Honor:

Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery by Patricia &Fredrick McKissack (973.7 McK)
Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson(811.54 Woo)
The Battle of Jericho by Sharon M. Draper (F Dra)
Almost to Freedom by Colin Bootman (F Nel)
Thunder Rose by Jerdine Nolen (P Nol)

2003

Author Award:

Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes (F Gri)

Illustrator Award:

Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman Illustrated by E.B. Lewis (B Coleman)

John Steptoe New Talent Award:

Chill Wind by Janet McDonald(Not in CMC)
The Moon Ring by Randy DuBurke (Not in CMC)

Honor:

Red Rose Box by Brenda Woods (F Woo)
Rap A Tap Tap: Here's Bojangles - Think of That by Leo & Diane Dillon (F Dil)
Visiting Langston Illustrated by Bryan Collier(811.54 Per)

2002

Author Award:

The Land by Mildred Taylor (F Tay)

Illustrator Award

Goin' Someplace Special Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney (P McK)

Honor:

Money Hungry by Sharon G. Flake (F Fla)
Carver, A Life in Poems by Marilyn Nelson (811.54 Nel)
Martin's Big Words Illustrated by Bryan Collier (B King)

2001

Author Award:

Miracle's Boys by Jacqueline Woodson (F Woo)

Illustrator Award:

Uptown by Bryan Collier (P Col)

Honor:

Let it Shine! Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Davis Pinkney (323.092396073 Pin)
Freedom River by Bryan Collier (B Parker)
Only Passing Through: the Story of Sojourner Truth by R. Gregory Christie (B Truth)
Virgie Goes to School with us Boys by E. B. Lewis (P How)

2000

Author Award:

Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (F Cur)

Illustrator Award:

In the Time of the Drums by Brian Pinkney (F Sie)

Honor:

Francie by Karen English (F Eng)
Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalers by Patricia C. and Frederick L. McKissack(639.2 McK)
Monsterby Walter Dean Myers (F Mye)
My Rows and Piles of Coins by E. B. Lewis (P Mol)
Black Cat by Christopher Myers (P Mye)

1999

Author Award:

Heaven. by Angela Johnson (F Joh)

Illustrator Award:

I See the Rhythm by Michele Wood(780.8996073 Igu)

Honor:

Jazmin's Notebook by Nikki Grimes (F Gri)
Breaking Ground, Breaking the Silence by Joyce Hansen & Gary McGowan (305.567 Han)
The Other Side : Shorter Poems by Angela Johnson (811.54 Joh)
I Have Heard of a Land. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper (P Tho)
The Bat Boy & His Violin Illustrated by E. B. Lewis (P Cur)
Duke Ellington : The Piano Prince and His Orchestra by Brian Pinkney (B Ellington)

1998

Author Award:

Forged by Fire. by Sharon M. Draper (F Dra)

Illustrator Award:

In Daddy's Arms I am Tall : African Americans Celebrating Fathers. Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe (811.008 In)

Honor:

The Hunterman and the Crocodile : a West African Folktale by Baba Wague Diakite (398.2 Dia)
Ashley Bryan's ABC of African-American Poetry. by Ashley Bryan (811.54 Ash)
Harlem : a Poem Illustrated by Christopher Myers (811.54 Mye)
Bayard Rustin : Behind the Scenes of the Civil Rights Movement. by James Haskins (B Rustin)
I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly : the Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl. by Joyce Hansen (F Han)

1997

Author Award:

Slam! by Walter Dean Myers (F Mye)

Illustrator Award:

Minty : a Story of Young Harriet Tubman. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney (B Tubman)

Honor:

Rebels Against Slavery. by Patricia & Fredrick McKissack (970.00496 McK)
Running the Road to ABC. Illustrated by, Reynold Ruffins (P Lot)
Palm of My Hand Illustrated by Gregory Christie (Not in CMC)
Neeny Coming, Neeny Going. Illustrated by Synthia Saint James (P Eng)

1996

Author Award:

Her Stories : African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales by Virginia Hamilton (398.2082 Ham)

Illustrator Award:

The Middle Passage : White Ships/Black Cargo. by Tom Feelings (759.13 Fee)

Honor:

From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun. by Jacqueline Woodson (F Woo)
Like Sisters on the Homefront. by Rita Williams-Garcia (F Wil)
The Watsons go to Birmingham--1963. by Christopher Paul Curtis (F Cur)
The Faithful Friend. Illustrated by Brian Pinkney (398.21 San)

1995

Author Award:

Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters by Patricia & Frederick McKissack (975.03 McK)

Illustrator Award:

The Creation Illustrated by James E Ransome (811.52 Joh)

Honor:

Black Diamond:Story of the Black Baseball League by, Patricia & Frederick McKissack(796.357 McK)
The Captive. by Joyce Hansen (F Han)
I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This. by Jacqueline Woodson (F Woo)
Meet Danitra Brown. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper (811.54 Gri)
The Singing Man: West African Folktales Illustrated by Terea Shaffer (398.21 Med)

1994

Toning the Sweep. by Angela Johnson(F Joh)

Illustrator Award:

Souls Look Back in Wonder. by Tom Feelings (Not in CMC)

Honor:

Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea : Poems by Joyce Carol Thomas; illustrated by Floyd Cooper (811.54 Tho)
Malcolm X : by Any Means Necessary. by Walter Dean Myers (B Malcolm X)
Uncle Jed's Barbershop Illustrated by James E. Ransome (Not in CMC)

1993

Author Award:

The Dark-Thirty : Southern Tales of the Supernatural. by Patricia C. McKissack (F McK)

Illustrator Award:

The Origin of Life on Earth : an African Creation Myth. Illustrated by Kathleen Atkins Wilson (398.2108996333 And)

Honor:

Mississippi Challenge. by Mildred Pitts Walter (305.896 Wal)
Sojourner Truth : Ain't I a Woman? by Patricia C. McKissack (B Truth)
Somewhere in the Darkness. by Walter Dean Myers (F Mye)
Little Eight John. Illustrated by Wil Clay (398.2 Wah)
Sukey and the Mermaid. Illustrated by Brian Pinkney (398.21 San)
Working Cotton. Illustrated by Carole Byard (P Wil)

1992

Author Award:

Now is Your Time! : the African-American Struggle for Freedom. by Walter Dean Myers (973.0496073 Mye)

Illustrator Award:


Tar Beach. by Faith Ringgold (P Rin)

Honor:

Night on Neighborhood Street. by Eloise Greenfield (Not in CMC)
All Night, All Day : a Child's First Book of African-American Spirituals illustrated by Ashley Bryan (782.25 All)

1991

Author Award:

The Road to Memphis by Mildred Taylor (F Tay)

Illustrator Award:

Aida. Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon (782.1 Pri)

Honor:

Black Dance in America by James Haskins (Not in CMC)
When I am Old With You. Illustrated by David Soman (P Joh)

1990

Author Award:

A Long Hard Journey : the Story of the Pullman Porter. by Patricia and Frederick McKissack (331.8811385 McK)

Illustrator Award:

Nathaniel Talking. Illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. (811.54 Gre)

Honor:

The Bells of Christmas. by Virginia Hamilton (F Ham)
Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Freedom Movement. by Lillie Patterson (Main Library E185.97.K5 P29 1989)
The Talking Eggs : a Folktale from the American South. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney (398.210973 San)

1989

Author Award:

Fallen Angels. by Walter Dean Myers (F Mye)

Illustrator Award:

Mirandy and Brother Wind. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney (P McK)

Honor:

A Thief in the Village and other Stories. by James Berr (F Ber)
Anthony Burns : the Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave. by Virginia Hamilton (B Burns)
Under the Sunday tree. Illustrated by, Amos Ferguson (811.54 Gre)
Storm in the Night. Illustrated by Pat Cummings (P Sto)

1988

Award Author:

The Friendship. by, Mildred D. Taylor (F Tay)

Illustrator Award:

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters : an African Tale. by John Steptoe (P Ste)

Honor:

Enchanted Hair Tale by Alexis De Veaux (F DeV)
The Tales of Uncle Remus : the Adventures of Brer Rabbit. by Julius Lester (398.2 Les)
What a Morning! The Christmas Story in Black Spirituals. Illustrated by Ashley Bryan (781.723 Wha)
The Invisible Hunters: a Legend From the Miskito Indians of Nicaragua. Illustrated by Joe Sam (398.2097285 Joh)

1987

Author Award:

Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World. by Mildred Pitts Walter (F Wal)

Illustrator Award:

Half a Moon and One Whole Star. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney (398.8 Dra)

Honor:

C.L.O.U.D.S. by Pat Cummings (P Cum)
Lion and the Ostrich Chicks and other African Folk Tales. by Ashley Bryan (398.2096 Bry)
Which Way Freedom by Joyce Hansen (F Han)

1986

Author Award:

The People Could Fly. by Virginia Hamilton (398.2 Ham)

Illustrator Award:

Patchwork Quilt Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney (P Flo)

Honor:

Junius Over Far by Virginia Hamilton (F Ham)
Trouble's Child. by Mildred Pitts Walter (F Wal)

1985

Author Award:

Motown and Didi : a Love Story. by Walter Dean Myers (F Mye)

Honor:

Circle of Gold. Illustrated by Candy Dawson Boyd (F Boy)
A Little Love. by Virginia Hamilton (Not in CMC)

1984

Author Award:

Everett Anderson's Goodbye. by Lucille Clifton (P Cli)

Illustrator Award:


My Mama Needs Me.  Illustrated by, Pat Cummings (P Wal)

Honor:

Bright Shadow. by Joyce Carol Thomas (F Tho)
Lena Horne. by James Haskins (Not in CMC)
The Magical Adventures of Pretty Pearl. by Virginia Hamilton (F Ham)
Because We Are by Mildred Pitts Walter (Not in CMC)

Special Citation:

Words of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Coretta Scott King (323.4 Kin)

1983

Author Award:

Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush. by Virginia Hamilton (F Ham)

Illustrator Award:

Black Child Illustrated by Peter Magubane (Not in CMC)

Honor:

This Strange New Feeling by Julius Lester (F Les)
All the Colors of the Race Illustrated by John Steptoe (811 Ado)
Just us Women Illustrated by Pat Cummings (P Cai)

1982

Author Award:

Let the Circle be Unbroken. by Mildred D. Taylor (F Tay)

Illustrator Award:

Mother Crocodile an Uncle Amadou Tale From Senegal. Illustrated by John Steptoe (P Dio)

Honor:

Rainbow Jordan. by Alice Childress (F Chi)
You in the Limelight. by Kristin Hunter (Not in CMC)
Mary: an Autobiography by Mary E Mebane (Not in CMC)
Daydreamers. Illustrated by Tom Feelings (P Fee)

1981

Author Award:

This Life. by Sidney Poitier(B Poitier)

Illustrator Award:

Beat the Story-drum, Pum-pum. by Ashley Bryan (398.209669 Bea)

Honor:

Don't Explain: a Song of Billy Holiday. by Alexis de Veaux (784.5 Dev)
Grandmama's Joy Illustrated by Carole Byard (F Gre)
Count on Your Fingers African Style. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney (Not in CMC)

1980

Author Award:

The Young Landlords. by Walter Dean Myers (F Mye)

Illustrator Award:

Cornrows. Illustrated by Carole Byard (F Yar)

Honor:

Movin' up. by Berry Gordy (Main Library)
Childtimes: a Three-generation Memoir. by Eloise Greenfield (920.009296073 Gre)
Andrew Young: Young Man with a Mission by James Haskins (Not in CMC)
James Van Der Zee: the Picture Takin' Man. by James Haskins (Main Library)
Let the Lion Eat Straw. by Ellease Southerland (Not in CMC)

1979

Author Award:

Escape to Freedom: a Play about Young Fredrick Douglas. by Ossie Davis (812.54 Dav)

Illustrator Award:

Something on My Mind. Illustrated by Tom Feelings  (811.54 Gri)

Honor:

Benjamin Banneker. by Kevin Conley (B Banneker)
I Have a Sister, My Sister is Deaf by Jean W. Peterson (P Pet)
Justice and Her Brothers. by, Virginia Hamilton (F Ham)
Skates of Uncle Richard. by, Carol Fenner (F Fen)

1978

Author & Illustrator Award:

Africa Dream. by, Eloise Greenfield, Illustrated by Carole Bayard (P Gre)

Honor:

The Days When the Animals Talked: Black Folk Tales and How They Came To Be. by, William J. Faulkner
Marvin and Tige by, Frankcina Glass (Not in CMC)
Mary McCleod Bethune. by, Eloise Greenfield (B Bethune)
Barbara Jordan. by, James Haskins (Not in CMC)
Coretta Scott King. by, Lillie Patterson (Not in CMC)
Portia: the life of Portia Washington Pittman the Daughter of Booker T. Washington. by, Ruth Ann Stewart (Main Library)

1977

Author Award:

Story of Stevie Wonder. by, James Haskins (Not in CMC)

1976

Author Award:

Duey's Tale. by, Pearl Bailey (F Bai)

1975

Author Award:

Legend of Africania. by Dorothy Robinson (Not in CMC)

1974

Author Award:

Ray Charles. by, Sharon Bell Mathis (Not in CMC)

1973

Author Award:

I Never Had it Made: the Autobiography of Jackie Robinson. by, Alfred Duckett (B Robinson)

1972

Author Award:

Seventeen Black Artists. by, Elton C. Fax (Main Library: N6538.N5 F3)

1971

Author Award:

Black Toubador: Langston Hughes. by, Charlemae H. Rollins (Not in CMC)

1970

Author Award:

Martin Luther King, Jr. : Man of Peace. by Lilie Patterson (Not in CMC)

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