Subjects: Education

What are the Coretta Scott King Book Award?

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 1989-1980

1989

Illustrator: Mirandy and Brother Wind by Patricia C. McKissack, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

Author: Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers

1988

Illustrator: Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters:An African Tale by John Steptoe

Author: The Friendship by Mildred D. Taylor

1987

Illustrator: Half a Moon and One Whole Star by Crescent Dragonwagon, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

Author: Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World by Mildred Pitts Walter

1986

Illustrator: The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

Author: The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales by Virginia Hamilton

1985

Illustrator: No award presented

Author: Motown and Didi by Walter Dean Myers

1984

Illustrator: My Mama Needs Me by Mildred Pitts Walter, illustrated by Pat Cummings

Author: Everett Anderson's Goodbye by Lucille Clifton

1983

Illustrator: Black Child by Peter Magubane

Author: Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush by Virginia Hamilton

1982

Illustrator: Mother Crocodile: An Uncle Amadou Tale from Sengal by Rosa Guy, illustrated by John Steptoe

Author: Let the Circle Be Unbroken by Mildred D. Taylor

1981

Illustrator: Beat the Story Drum, Pum-Pum by Ashley Bryan

Author: This Life by Sidney Poitier

1980

Illustrator: Cornrows by Camille Yarbrough, illustrated by Carole Byard

Author: The Young Landlords by Walter Dean Myers

 

 

 

Award Winners 1979-1970

1979

Illustrator: Something on My Mind by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Tom Feelings

Author: Escape to Freedom by Ossie Davis

1978

Illustrator: Africa Dream by Eloise Greenfield, illustrated by Carole Byard

Author: Africa Dream by Eloise Greenfield, illustrated by Carole Byard

1977

Illustrator: No award presented

Author: The Story of Stevie Wonder by James Haskins

1976

Illustrator: No award presented

Author: Duey's Tale by Pearl Bailey

1975

Illustrator: No award presented

Author: The Legend of Africana by Dorothy Robinson

1974

Illustrator (inagural year) : Ray Charles by Sharon Bell Mathis, illustrated by George Ford

Author: Ray Charles by Sharon Bell Mathis, illustrated by George Ford

1973

 

Author: I Never Had it Made: An Autobiography by Jackie Robinson and Alfred Duckett

1972

 

Author: 17 Black Artists by Elton C. Fax

1971

Author: Black Troubadour: Langston Hughes by Charlemae Rollins

 

1970

Author: Martin Luther King Jr. : Man of Peace by Lillie Patterson