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Award-Winning Children's Literature: Coretta Scott King Awards--Recent Years

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 2019-2011




Illustrator: The Stuff of Stars by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Ekua Holmes

Author: A Few Red Drops : the Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield



Illustrator: Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets by Kwame Alexander; with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth; illustrated by Ekua Holmes

Author: Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson



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

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


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

Author: Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Author: Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis


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

Author: Copper Sun by Sharon Draper


Illustrator: Rosa by Nikki Giovanni, illustrated by Bryan Collier

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


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

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


Illustrator: Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan

Author: The First Part Last by Angela Johnson


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

Author: Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes