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Instructional Media Center: Coretta Scott King Award


"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, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards annually recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience.  Further, the Award encourages the artistic expression of the black experience via literature and the graphic arts in biographical, social, and historical treatments by African American authors and illustrators." -- American Library Association


There are four awards given: Author Winner, Author Honor, Illustrator Winner and Illustrator Honor. Those books that are in the IMC collection will have a call number listed.


Author Award Winner

2017 John Lewis -- March. Book Three 323.1 L587mth [Companion to March. Book One and March. Book Two]

2016 Rita Williams-Garcia -- Gone crazy in Alabama  F W6765g [Companion to One crazy summer and P.S. Be eleven]

2015 Jacqueline Woodson -- Brown girl dreaming  F W868b

2014 Rita Williams-Garcia -- P.S. be eleven  F W6765p [Companion to One crazy summer and Gone crazy in Alabama]

2013 Andrea Davis Pickney -- Hand in hand

2012 Kadir Nelson -- Heart and soul: the story of America and African Americans  973.04 N334h

2011 Rita Williams-Garcia -- One crazy summer  F W6765o [Companion to Gone crazy in Alabama and P.S. Be eleven]

2010 Vaunda M. Nelson -- Bad news for outlaws: the remarkable life of Bass Reeves, deputy U.S. marshal  B R259n

2009 Kadir Nelson -- We are the ship: the story of Negro league baseball  796.357 N333w

2008 Christopher P. Curtis -- Elijah of Buxton  F C941e

2007 Sharon Draper -- Copper sun F D792c

2006 Julius Lester -- Day of tears: a novel in dialogue  F L567d

2005 Toni Morrison -- Remember: The journey to school integration

2004 Angela Johnson -- The first part last  F J629f

2003 Nikki Grimes -- Bronx masquerade F G8826b

2002 Mildred Taylor -- The land  F T2165la

2001 Jacqueline Woodson -- Miracle's boys  F W868mi

2000 Christopher P. Curtis -- Bud, not Buddy  F C941b

1999 Angela Johnson -- Heaven  F J629h

1998 Sharon Draper -- Forged by fire  F D792f

1997 Walter Dean Myers -- Slam! F M992sl

1996 Virginia Hamilton -- Her stories: African American folktales, fairy tales and true tales 398.73 H18h

1995 Patricia C. McKissack -- Christmas in the big house, Christmas in the quarters 975 M217c

1994 Angela Johnson -- Toning the Sweep F J629t

1993 Patricia C. McKissack -- The dark-thirty: Southern tales fo the supernatural F M218d

1992 Walter Dean Myers -- Now is your time: the African American struggle for freedom 973 M992n

1991 Mildred D. Taylor -- The road to Memphis F T2165ro

1990 Patricia C. McKissack -- A long hard journey: the story of the Pullman porter 331.88 M217l

1989 Walter Dean Myers -- Fallen angels F M992fal

1988 Mildred L. Taylor -- The friendship F T2165f

1987 Mildred Pitts Walter -- Justin and the best biscuits in the world F W171j

1986 Virginia Hamilton -- The people could fly: American Black folktales 398.2 H18p

1985 Walter Dean Myers -- Motown and Didi

1984 Lucille Clifton -- Everett Anderson's goodbye

1983 Virginia Hamilton -- Sweet whispers, Brother Rush  F H18s

1982 Mildred D. Taylor -- Let the circle be unbroken T 2165l

1981 Sidney Poitier -- This life

1980 Walter Dean Myers -- The young landlords

1979 Ossie Davis -- Escape to freedom

1978 Eloise Greenfield -- Africa dream

1977 James Haskins -- The story of Stevie Wonder B W845h

1976 Pearl Bailey -- Duey's tale

1975 Dorothy Robinson -- The legend of Africana

1974 Sharon Bell Mathis -- Ray Charles  B C38m

1973 Jackie Robinson and Alfred Duckett -- I never had it made: The autobiography of Jackie Robinson B R563i

1972 Elton C. Fax -- 17 Black artists

1971 Charlemae Rollins -- Black troubador: Langston Hughes

1970 Lillie Patterson -- Martin Luther King, Jr.: Man of peace

Author Honor Books

2017 Jason Reynolds -- As brave as you F R335as

Ashley Bryan -- Freedom over me: eleven slaves, their lives and dreams brought to life F B841f

2016 Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely -- All American boys

Jason Reynolds -- The boy in the black suit

Ilyasah Shabazz -- X: a novel F Sh11x

2015 Kwame Alexander -- The crossover F Al1273c

Marilyn Nelson -- How I discovered poetry 808.1 N335h

Kekla Magoon -- How it went down F M275h

2014 John Lewis and Andrew Aydin -- March: Book One 323.1 L587mo

Walter Dean Myers -- Darius & Twig

Nikki Grimes -- Words with wings

2013 Jacqueline Woodson -- Each Kindness E W868e

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson -- No crystal stair: A documentary novel of the life and work of Lewis Micheaux, Harlem bookseller

2012 Eloise Greenfield -- The great migration: journey to the north 808.1 G837g

Patricia C. McKissack -- Never forgotten 808.1 M2177n

2011 Walter Dean Myers -- Lockdown F M992l

Jewell Parker Rhodes -- Ninth ward

G. Neri -- Yummy: The last days of a southside shorty

2010 Tanita S. Davis -- Mare's war F D298m

2009 Hope Anita Smith Keeping the night watch F Sm58k

Joyce Carol Thomas -- The blacker the berry 811.54 T364b

Carole Boston Weatherford -- Becoming Billie Holiday

2008 Sharon M. Draper -- November blues F D792n

Charles R. Smith, Jr. -- Twelve rounds to glory: The story of Muhammad Ali

2007 Nikki Grimes -- The road to Paris F G883r

2006 Tonya Bolden -- Maritcha: A nineteenth century American girl

Nikki Grimes -- Dark sons

Marilyn Nelson -- A wreath for Emmett Till 808.1 N335w

2005 Shelia P. Moses -- The legend of Buddy Bush

Sharon G. Flake -- Who am I without him?: Short stories about girls and the boys in their lives

Marilyn Nelson -- Fortune's bones

2004 Jacqueline Woodson -- Locomotion 808.1 W868l

2003 Brenda Woods -- The red rose box F W863r

Nikki Grimes -- Talkin' about Bessie: the story of aviator Elizabeth Coleman B C675g

2002 Sharon G. Flake -- Money-hungry F F599m

Marilyn Nelson -- Carver: a life of poems 808.1 N335c

2001 Andrea Davis Pinkney -- Let it shine! Stories of Black women freedom fighters 782.25 L567

2000 Karen English -- Francie F En36f

Patricia C. McKissack -- Black hands, white sails: the story of African-American whalers 639.2 M217b

Walter Dean Myers -- Monster F M992mon

1999 Nikki Grimes -- Jazmin's notebook F G882j

Joyce Hansen -- Breaking ground, breaking silence: the story of New York's African burial ground 973.04 H198b

Brian Pinkney -- Duke Ellington: the piano prince and his orchestra B E156P

1998 James Haskins -- Bayard Rustin: behind the scenes of the civil rights movement B R928H

Joyce Hansen -- I thought my soul would rise and fly: the diary of Patsy, a freed girl F H198i

1997 Patricia C. & Patrick L. McKissack -- Rebels against slavery: American slave revolts 326 M217r

1996 Christopher Paul Curtis -- The Watsons go to Birmingham F C941w

Rita Williams-Garcia -- Like sisters on the homefront

Jacqueline Woodson -- From the notebooks of Melanin Sun 

1995 Joyce Hansen -- The captive

Jacqueline Woodson -- I hadn't meant to tell you 

Patricia C. & Frederick L. McKissack -- Black diamond: Story of the Negro Baseball League

1994 Joyce Carol Thomas -- Brown, honey in broom wheat tea 808.1 T364b

Walter Dean Meyers -- Malcolm X; By any means necessary

1993 Mildred Pitts Walter -- Mississippi challenge

Patricia C. & Frederick L. McKissack -- Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a woman

Walter Dean Myers -- Somewhere in the darkness F M992so

1992 Eloise Greenfield -- Night on Neighborhood Street 808.1 G837n

1991 James Haskins -- Black dance in America

Angela Johnson -- When I am old with you E J629w

1990 Eloise Greenfield -- Nathaniel talking

Virginia Hamilton -- The bells of Christmas F H18b

Lillie Patterson -- Martin Luther King, Jr. and the freedom movement 

1989 James Berry -- A thief in the village and other stories

Virginia Hamilton -- Anthony Burns: the defeat and triumph of a fugitive slave B B938H

1988 Alexis De Veaux -- An enchanted hair tale E D492e

Julius Lester -- The tales of Uncle Remus: the adventures of Brer Rabbit 398.73 L567a

1987 Ashley Bryan -- Lion and the Ostrich chicks and other African folk tales 398.6 B84l

Joyce Hansen -- Which way freedom 

1986 Virginina Hamilton -- Junius over far F H18ju

Mildred Pitts Walter -- Trouble's child F W171t

1985 Candy Dawson Boyd -- Circle of Gold

Virginia Hamilton -- A little love F H18l

1984 Virginia Hamilton -- The magical adventures of pretty pearl F H18ma

James Haskins -- Lena Horne

Joyce Carol Thomas -- Bright shadow

Mildred Pitts Walter -- Because we are F W171b

1983 Julius Lester -- This strange new feeling F L567th

1982 Alice Childress -- Rainbow Jordan

Kristin Hunter -- Lou in the limelight

Mary E. Mebane -- Mary: An autobiography

1981 Alexis De Veaux -- Don't explain: a song of Billie Holiday B H717D

1980 Berry Gordy -- Movin' up B G66m

Eloise Greenfield & Leslie Jones Little -- Childtimes: A three-generation memoir 326 G837c

James Haskins -- Andrew Young: Young man with a mission

James Haskins -- James Van Der Zee: The picture takin' man

Ellease Southerland -- Let the lion eat straw

1979 Lillie Patterson -- Benjamin Banneker 

Jeanne W. Peterson -- I have a sister, my sister is deaf

Virginia Hamilton -- Justice and her brothers F H19j

Carol Fenner -- Skates of Uncle Richard

1978 William J. Faulkner -- The days when the animals talked: Black folk tales and how they came to be

Frankcina Glass -- Marvin and Tige

Eloise Greenfield -- Mary McCleod B B465G

James Haskins -- Barbara Jordan

Lillie Patterson -- Coretta Scott King

Ruth Ann Stewart -- Portia: The life of Portia Washington Pittman, the daughter of Booker T. Washington

1977 Lucille Clifton -- Everett Anderson's friend

Mildred D. Taylor -- Roll of Thunder, hear my cry F T2165r

Clarence N. Blake & Donald F. Martin -- Quick book on Black America

1976 Shirley Graham -- Julius K. Nyerere: Teacher of Africa

Eloise Greenfield -- Paul Robeson

Walter Dean Myers -- Fast Sam, cool Clyde and stuff F M992fas

Mildred D. Taylor -- Song of the trees F T2165s

1975 No award presented

1974 Alice Childress -- A hero ain't nothin' but a sandwich

Lucille Clifton -- Do you remember? E C613d

Louise Crane -- Ms. Africa: Profiles of modern African women

Kristin Hunter -- Guest in the Promised Land

John Nagenda -- Mukasa

1973 No award presented

1972 No award presented

1971 Maya Angelou -- I know why the caged bird sings F An43i

Shirley Chisolm -- Unbought and Unbossed

Mari Evans -- I am a Black woman

Lorenz Graham -- Every man heart lay down

June Jordan & Terri Bush -- The voice of the children

Gladys Groom & Bonnie Grossman -- Black means

Margaret W. Peters -- Ebony book of Black achievement

Janice May Udry -- Mary Jo's grandmother

Lorenz Graham -- Every man heart lay down 232.9 G76e

1970 No award presented

Illustrator Award Winner

2017 Javaka Steptoe -- Radiant child: the story of young artist Jean-Michel Basquiat BASQUIAT B B2934S

2016 Bryan Collier -- Trombone Shorty B An27a

2015 Christopher Myers -- Firebird: ballerina Misty Copeland shows a young girl how to dance like the firebird B C79m

2014 Bryan Collier -- Knock, knock: my dad's dream for me E B381k

2013 Bryan Collier -- I, too am America

2012 Shane W. Evans -- Underground 973.7 Sh18u

2011 Bryan Collier -- Dave the Potter: artist, poet, slave B D272H

2010 Charles R. Smith, Jr. -- My people 808.1 H874m

2009 Floyd Cooper -- The blacker the berry 811.54 T364b

2008 Ashley Bryan -- Let it shine: three favorite spirituals 782.25 L567

2007 Kadir Nelson -- Moses: when Harriet Tubman led her people to freedom F W378m

2006 Bryan Collier -- Rosa B P237gi

2005 Kadir Nelson -- Ellington was not a street

2004 Ashley Bryan -- Beautiful blackbird 398.689 B84b

2003 E. B. Lewis -- Talkin' about Bessie: the story of aviator Elizabeth Coleman B C675G

2002 Jerry Pinkney -- Goin' someplace special E M2177g

2001 Bryan Collier -- Uptown E C68u

2000 Brian Pinkney -- In the time of the Drums F Si15ti 

1999 Michele Wood -- I see the rhythm 780.89 Ig8i

1998 Javaka Steptoe -- In daddy's arms I am tall; African Americans celebrating fathers 808.1 In1

1997 Jerry Pinkney -- Minty: a story of young Harriet Tubman B T795c

1996 Tom Feelings -- The middle passage: white ships black cargo 759.13 F321m

1995  James Ransome -- The creation: a poem 221.9 J633c

1994 Tom Feelings -- Soul looks back in wonder 808.1 So83s

1993 Kathleen Atkins Wilson -- The origin of life on earth: an African creation myth 398.66 An23o

1992 Faith Ringgold -- Tar Beach E R473t

1991 Leo & Diane Dillon -- Aida 782.1 P932a

1990 Jan Spivey Gilchrist -- Nathaniel Talking

1989 Jerry Pinkney -- Mirandy and Brother Wind E M2177m

1988 John Steptoe -- Mufaro's beautiful daughters: an African tale E St45mb

1987 Jerry Pinkney -- Half a moon and one whole star E D787h

1986 Jerry Pinkney -- The patchwork quilt E F668p

1985 No award presented

1984 Pat Cummings -- My mama needs me

1983 Peter Magubane -- Black Child

1982 John Steptoe -- Mother Crocodile: An uncle Amadou tale from Senegal

1981 Ashley Bryan -- Beat the story drum, pum-pum 398.669 B841b

1980 Carol Byard -- Cornrows E Y2c

1979 Tom Feelings -- Something on my mind 808.1 F321s 

1978 Carole Bayard -- Africa Dream EG837a

1977 No award presented

1976 No award presented

1975 No award presented

1974 (inaugural year) George Ford -- Ray Charles B C38m

Illustrator Honor Books

2017 R. Gregory Christie -- Freedom in Congo square E W378w

Bryan, Ashley -- Freedom over me: eleven slaves, their lives and dreams brought to life F B841f

Jerry Pinkney -- In plain sight E J138i

2016 R. Gregory Christie -- The book itch: freedom, truth & Harlem's greatest bookstore F N338b

Christian Robinson -- Last stop on Market Street E D374l

2015 Christian Robinson -- Josephine: the dazzling life of Josephine Baker B B174P

Frank Morrison -- Little Melba and her big trombone B L715R

2014 Kadir Nelson -- Nelson Mandela B M312N

2013 Daniel Minter -- Ellen's broom

Christopher Myers -- H.O.R.S.E.

Kadir Nelson -- I have a dream: Martin Luther King, Jr. 323.092 K585i

2012 Kadir Nelson -- Heart and soul: the story of America and African Americans 973.04 N334h

2011 Javaka Steptoe -- Jimi: sounds like a rainbow: a story of the young Jimi Hendrix 

2010 E. B. Lewis -- The Negro speaks of rivers -- 808.1 H874n

2009 Kadir Nelson -- We are the ship: the story of Negro league baseball 796.357 N333w

Jerry Pinkney -- The moon over star E As86m

Sean Qualls -- Before John was a jazz giant B C722w

2008 Nancy Devard -- The secret Olivia told me E J845s

Leo and Diane Dillon -- Jazz on a Saturday night 781.65 D587j

2007 Christopher Myers -- Jazz 808.1 M992j

Benny Andrews -- Poetry for young people: Langston Hughes 808.1 H874l

2006 R. Gregory Christie -- Brothers in hope: the story of the lost boys of Sudan

2005 Jerry Pinkney -- God bless the child

Leo and Diane Dillon -- The people could fly: the picture book

Frank Morrison -- Jazzy Miz Mozetta

2004 Collin Bootman -- Almost to Freedom

Kadir Nelson -- Thunder Rose

2003 Leo and Diane Dillon -- Rap a Tap Tap: Here's Bojangles--Think of that  E D588r

Bryan Collier -- Visiting Langston 808.1 P413v

2002 Bryan Collier -- Martin's big words B K585Ra

2001 Bryan Collier -- Freedom River

R. Gregory Christie -- Only passing through: the story of Sojourner Truth B T777r

E.B. Lewis -- Virgie goes to school with us boys

2000 E. B. Lewis -- My rows and piles of coins E M736m

Christopher Myers -- Black cat E M9925b

1999 Floyd Cooper -- I have heard of a land F T365i

E. B. Lewis -- The bat boy and his violin E C943b

Brian Pinkney -- Duke Ellington: the piano prince and his orchestra B E156P

1998 Ashley Bryan -- Ashley Bryan's ABC of African American poetry

Christopher Myers -- Harlem 808.1 M992h

Baba Wague Diakite -- The hunterman and the crocodile 

1997 R. Gregory Christie -- The palm of my heart: poetry by African American children 808.1 Ad31p

Reynold Ruffins -- Running the road to ABC E L378r

Synthia Saint James -- Neeny coming, Neeny going

1996 Leo and Diane Dillon -- Her stories: African American folktales, fairy tales and true tales 398.73 H18h

Brian Pinkney -- The faithful friend 398.729 Sa54f

1995 Terea Shafer -- The singing man 398.66 M467s

Floyd Cooper -- Meet Danitra Brown 808.1 G882m

1994 Floyd Cooper -- Brown honey in broom wheat tea 808.1 T364b

James Ransome -- Uncle Jed's Barbershop E M692u

1993 Wil Clay -- Little eight John

Brian Pinkney -- Sukey and the mermaid 398.73 Sa58s

Carole Byard -- Working cotton E W6745w

1992 Ashley Bryan -- All night, all day: a child's first book of African-American spirituals

Jan Spivey Gilchrist -- Night on Neighborhood Street 808.1 G837n

1991 James Haskins -- Black dance in America 

Angela  Johnson -- When I am old with you E J629w

1990 Jerry Pinkney -- The talking eggs 398.73 Sa58t

1989 Amos Ferguson -- Under the Sunday tree 808.1 G837u

Pat Cummings Storm in the night E St69s

1988 Ashley Bryan -- What a morning! The Christmas story in Black spirituals 783.6 L269w

Joe Sam -- The invisible hunters: a legend from the Miskito Indians of Nicaragua

1987 Ashley Bryan -- Lion and the ostrich chicks and other African folk tales 398.6 B84l

Pat Cummings -- C.L.O.U.D.S.

1986 Leo and Diane Dillon -- The people could fly: American Black folktales 398.2 H18p

1985 No award presented

1984 No award presented

1983 John Steptoe -- All the colors of the race 808.1 Ad71a

Ashley Byran -- I'm going to sing: Black American spirituals 784.73 B84i

Pat Cummings -- Just us women

1982 Tom Feelings -- Daydreamers 808.1 G837d

1981 Carole Byard -- Grandmama's joy

Jerry Pinkney -- Count on your fingers African style

1980 No award presented

1979 No award presented

1978 No award presented

1977 No award presented

1976 No award presented

1975 No award presented

1974 No award presented

1973 No award presented

1972 No award presented

1971 No award presented

1970 No award presented