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Award-Winning Children's Books

Coretta Scott King Awards

Coretta Scott King Awards

The Coretta Scott King Book Award is presented annually by the Coretta Scott King Committee of the American Library Association's Ethnic Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT).

The award (or awards) is given to an African American author and an African American illustrator for an outstandingly inspirational and educational contribution. The books promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream. The Award is further designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.

Author Awards

Snowden Call No. Year Author & Title
  1990 McKissack, Patricia and Frederick.  A Long Hard Journey: the Story of the Pullman Porter
  1991 Taylor, Mildred D.  The Road to Memphis
  1992 Myers, Walter Dean. Now is Your Time: the African American Struggle for Freedom
Juv. PZ7.M478693 D3 1992   1993 McKissack, Patricia C.  Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural
Juv. PZ7.J629 T6 1993   1994 Johnson, Angela. Toning the Sweep
  1995 McKissack, Patricia C. Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters
  1996 Hamilton, Virginia.  Her stories.
Juv. PZ7.M992 S6 1996   1997 Myers, Walter Dean.  Slam.
  1998 Draper, Sharon M.  Forged by fire.
  1999 Johnson, Angela.  Heaven
Juv. PZ7.C94137 B9 1999 2000 Curtis, Christopher Paul.  Bud, not Buddy.
  2001 Woodson, Jacqueline. Miracle’s Boys
  2002 Taylor, Mildred. The Land
Juv. PZ7.G88429 B7 2002  2003 Grimes, Nikki.  Bronx Masquerade
Juv. PZ7.J629 F5 2003   2004 Johnson, Angela.  The First Part Last
Juv. LC214.2 .M67 2004   2005 Morrison, Toni.  Remember : the Journey to School Integration.
Juv. PZ7.L5629  D3 2005 2006 Lester, Julius.  Day of tears.
Juv. PZ7.D78325 C6 2006 2007 Draper, Sharon M.  Copper sun.
Juv. PZ7.C94137 E4 2007 2008 Curtis, Christopher Paul.  Elijah of Buxton.
Juv. GV875.A1 N45 2008 2009 Nelson, Kadir.  We are the ship : the story of Negro League baseball
Juv. F697.R44 N45 2009 2010 Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux. Bad news for outlaws : the remarkable life of Bass Reeves, deputy U.S. marshal 
 Juv. PZ7.W6713 O5 2010 2011 Williams-Garcia, Rita.  One crazy summer
Juv. E185 .N427 2011 2012 Nelson, Kadir.  Heart and soul : the story of America and African Americans
Juv. E185.86 .P56 2012 2013 Pinkney, Andrea Davis. Hand in hand : ten Black men who changed America.
Juv. PZ7.W6713 P3 2013 2014 Williams-Garcia, Rita.  P.S. Be eleven.
Juv. PS3573.O64524 Z46 2014 2015 Woodson, Jacqueline. Brown girl dreaming.
Juv. PZ7.W6713 G6 2015 2016 Williams-Garcia, Rita.  Gone crazy in Alabama.
Juv. E840.8.L43 A3 2013 v.3 2017 Lewis, John. March, book three.
Juv. PZ7.W32868 P5 2017 2018 Watson, Renée. Piecing me together.
Juv. F548.9.N3 H37 2018 2019 Hartfield, Claire. A few red drops : the Chicago race riot of 1919.


Illustrator Awards

  1990 Gilchrist, Jan Spivey. Nathaniel Talking
  1991 Dillon, Leo and Diane.  Aida
Juv. PZ7.R4726 T3 1991   1992 Ringgold, Faith. Tar Beach
  1993 Wilson, Kathleen Atkins. The Origin of Life on Earth: an African Creation Myth
Juv. PS591.N4 S58 1993   1994 Feelings, Tom. Soul Looks Back in Wonder
  1995 Ransome, James. The Creation
  1996 Feelings, Tom.  The Middle Passage: White Ships Black Cargo
Juv. E444.T82 S37 1996   1997 Pinkney, Jerry.  Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman
  1998 Steptoe, Javaka.  In Daddy’s Arms I am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers
  1999 Wood, Michelle.  I see the rhythm
Juv. PZ7.S56657 I56 1999   2000 Pinkney, Brian.  In the time of the drums
  2001 Collier, Brian.  Uptown
  2002 Pinkney, Jerry. Goin’ Someplace Special
  2003 Lewis, E.B.  Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman
Juv. PZ8.1.B838 B45 2003   2004 Bryan, Ashley.  Beautiful Blackbird
Juv. PS3569.H3324 E45 2004   2005 Nelson, Kadir A.  Ellington Was Not a Street
Juv. F 334 .M753 P38427 2005 2006 Giovanni, Nikki.  Rosa
Juv. E 444 .T82 W43 2006 2007 Weatherford, Carole Boston. Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
Juv. BV353 .L48 2007 2008 Bryan, Ashley.  Let it shine : three favorite spirituals
Juv. PS3570.H565 B53 2008 2009 Thomas, Joyce Carol.  The blacker the berry.
Juv. PS3515.U274 M9 2009 2010 Hughes, Langston.  My people.
Juv. NK4210.D247 H55 2010 2011 Hill, Laban Carrick.  Dave the potter : artist, poet, slave.
Juv. E450 .E94 2011 2012 Evans, Shane.  Underground.
Juv. PS3515.U274 I3 2012 2013 Hughes, Langston.  I, too am America.
Juv. PZ7.B3805475 K58 2013 2014 Beaty, Daniel. Knock knock : my dad's dream for me.
Juv. PZ7.C7887 F5 2014 2015 Copeland, Misty. Firebird.
Juv. ML3930.A53 A3 2015 2016 Andrews, Troy.  Trombone Shorty.
Juv. N6537.B233 S84 2016 2017 Steptoe, Javaka. Radiant child : the story of young artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
Juv. E444.T82 C56 2018 2018 Cline-Ransome, Lesa.  Before she was Harriet.
Juv. QB983 .B38 2018 2019 Bauer, Marion Dane.  The stuff of stars.
Juv. PZ7.7.C734 N4 2019 2020 Craft, Jerry. New kid.