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Award-Winning Children's Literature: Coretta Scott King Awards 2002-1990

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 2002-1996


Illustrator: Goin' Someplace Special by Patricia McKissack, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

Author: The Land by Mildred Taylor


Illustrator: Uptown by Bryan Collier

Author: Miracle's Boys by Jacqueline Woodson


Illustrator: In the Time of the Drums by Kim L. Siegelson

Author: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis


Illustrator: I See the Rhythm by Toyomi Igus, illustrated by Michele Wood

Author: Heaven by Angela Johnson


Illustrator: In Daddy's Arms, I am Tall: African-Americans Celebrating Fathers, illustrated by Javaka Steptoe

Author: Forged by Fire by Sharon M. Draper


Illustrator: Minty: A Story of a Young Harriet Tubman by Alan Schroeder, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

Author: Slam! by Walter Dean Myers


Illustrator: The Middle Passage: White Ships, Black Cargo, illustrated by Tom Feelings

Author: Her Stories by Virginia Hamilton

Award Winners 1995-1990


Illustrator: The Creation by James Weldon Johnson, illustrated by James Ransome

Author: Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters by Patricia C. and Frederick L. McKissack


Illustrator: Soul Looks Back in Wonder edited by Phyllis Fogelman, Tom Feelings

Author: Toning the Sweep by Angela Johnson


Illustrator: The Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth retold by David A. Anderson, illustrated by Kathleen Atkins Wilson

Author: The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural by Patricia C. McKissack


Illustrator: Tar Beach,illustrated by Faith Ringgold

Author: Now Is Your Time: The African American Struggle for Freedom by Walter Dean Myers


Illustrator: Aida by Leontyne Price, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon

Author: The Road to Memphis by Mildred D. Taylor


Illustrator: Nathaniel Talking by Eloise Greenfield, illustrated by Jan Spivy Gilchrist

Author: A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter by Patricia C. and Frederick L. McKissack