Subjects: Education

What Are the Coretta Scott King Awards?

image of the Coretta Scott King AwardThe Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given every year by the American Library Association (ALA) to African-American authors and illustrators who have created outstanding books for children and young adults. Coretta Scott King, in whose honor the awards are named, was the wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A full listing of all award winners through 2016 is available on the ALA's website.

The Scarborough Library owns copies of many Coretta Scott King Award winners. Since these can be either youth fiction or youth nonfiction, Coretta Scott King winners can be found in both categories. Award winners are chosen in two categories per year, Illustrator and Author. In some years, no award was given for a particular category and this will be noted. Book titles without a hyperlink are not held by Scarborough Library at this time.

Award Winners 2017-2011

2017

Illustrator: Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe (on order)

Author: March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

2016

Illustrator: Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews, illustrated by Bryan Collier

Author: Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia

2015

Illustrator: Firebird:ballerina Misty Copeland shows a young girl how to dance like the firebird by Misty Copeland, illustrated by Christopher Myers

Author: "brown girl dreaming" by Jacqueline Woodson

2014

Illustrator: Knock, knock: my dad's dream for me by Daniel Beatty, illustrated by Bryan Collier

Author: P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia

2013

Illustrator: I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughes, illustrated by Bryan Collier

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

2012

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

Author: Heart and Soul: The Story of Americans and African Americans by Kadir Nelson

2011

Illustrator: Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill, illustrated by Bryan Collier

Author: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Award Winners 2010-2000

2010

Illustrator: My People by Langston Hughes, illustrated by Charles R. Smith, Jr.

Author: Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal by Vaunda  Micheaux Nelson

2009

Illustrator: The Blacker the Berry by Joyce Carol Thomas, illustrated by Floyd Cooper

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

2008

Illustrator: Let It Shine: three favorite spirituals by Ashley Bryan

Author: Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

2007

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

Author: Copper Sun by Sharon Draper

2006

Illustrator: Rosa by Nikki Giovanni, illustrated by Bryan Collier

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

2005

Illustrator: Ellington Was Not a Street by Mozake Shange, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Author: Remember: The Journey to School Integration by Toni Morrison

2004

Illustrator: Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan

Author: The First Part Last by Angela Johnson

2003

Illustrator: Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by E.B. Lewis

Author: Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes

2002