Kids: Coretta Scott King Award


The Coretta Scott King Award is sponsored the  Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table of the American Library Association. Recipients are authors and illustrators of African descent whose books promote an understanding and appreciation of the American Dream.


Coretta Scott King Award Winners and Honor Books, for authors and illustrators, are arranged below from the newest recipients to the oldest.

 

Author Award 2010s

Author Award 2000s
Author Award 1990s

Author Award 1980s 
Author Award 1970s

Illustrator Award 2010s

Illustrator Award 2000s

Illustrator Award 1990s

Illustrator Award 1980s 

Illustrator Award 1970s


Author Award 2010s 

2014 Author Award

P.S. Be Eleven, by Rita Garcia-Williams

2014 Author Honors

March: Book One, by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

Darius and Twig, by Walter Dean Myers

Words With Wings, by Nikki Grimes

 

2013 Author Award

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

2013 Author Honors

Each Kindness, by Jacqueline Woodson

No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller, by Vaunda Michaux Nelson

 

2012 Author Award

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

2012 Author Honors

The Great Migration: Journey to the North, by Eloise Greenfield

Never Forgotten, by Patricia C. McKissack


2011 Author Award

One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams-Garcia

2011 Author Honors

Lockdown, by Walter Dean Myers

 Ninth Ward, by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty, by G. Neri


2010 Author Award

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

2010 Author Honors

Mare's War, by tanita s. davis 

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Author Award 2000s 


2009 Author Award

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

2009 Author Honors

Keeping the Night Watch, by Hope Anita Smith.

The Blacker the Berry, by Joyce Carol Thomas.

Becoming Billie Holiday, by Carole Boston Weatherford. 


2008 Author Award

 Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

2008 Author Honors
November Blues by Sharon M. Draper

Twelve Rounds To Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali by Charles R. Smith


2007 Author Award
Copper Sun by Sharon Draper

2007 Author Honors
The Road to Paris by Nikki Grimes

 

2006 Author Award
Remember the Journey to School Integration by Toni Morrison

2006 Author Honors
Legend of Buddy Bush by Sheila P. Moses
Who am I Without Him?: Short Stories About Girls and the Boys in Their Lives by Sharon G. Flake
Fortunes Bones: The Manumission Requiem by Marilyn Nelson (not owned by SPL)

 

2005 Author Award
Remember: The Journey to School Integration by Toni Morrison
2005 Author Honors
The Legend of Buddy Bush by Sheila P. Moses
Who Am I Without Him by Sharon G. Flake
Fortune's Bones by Marilyn Nelson (not owned by SPL)

2004 Author Award
The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
2004 Author Honors
Days of Jubilee by Patricia C. & Fredrick L. McKissack (not owned by SPL)
Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson
The Battle of Jericho by Sharon Draper

2003 Author Award
Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes
2003 Author Honors
Talkin' About Bessie by Nikki Grimes
The Red Rose Box by Brenda Woods

2002 Author Award
The Land by Mildred D. Taylor
2002 Author Honors
Money Hungry by Sharon G. Flake
Carver: A Life in Poems by Marilyn Nelson

2001 Author Award
Miracle's Boys by Jacqueline Woodson
2001 Author Honors
Let It Shine! Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Davis Pinkney

2000 Author Award
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

2000 Author Honors
Francie by Karen English
Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of Arican-American Whalers by Patricia C. and Frederick L. McKissack
Monster by Walter Dean Myers

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Author Award 1990s

1999 Author Award
Heaven by Angela Johnson
1999 Author Honors
Jazmin's Notebook by Nikki Grimes
Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence by Joyce Hansen and Gary McGowan
The Other Side: Shorter Poems by Angela Johnson

1998 Author Award
Forged by Fire by Sharon M. Draper
1998 Author Honors
Bayard Rustin: Behind the Scenes of the Civil Rights Movement by James Haskins
I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly by Joyce Hansen

1997 Author Award
Slam! by Walter Dean Myers
1997 Author Honors
Rebels Against Slavery: American Slave Revolts by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick L. McKissack

1996 Author Award
Her Stories: African Folktales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales by Virginia Hamilton
1996 Author Honors
The Watsons Go to Birmingham -- 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
Like Sisters on the Homefront by Rita Williams-Garcia
From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson

1995 Author Award
Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack
1995 Author Honors
The Captive by Joyce Hansen
I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This by Jacqueline Woodson
Black Diamond: Story of the Negro Baseball League by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack, Jr.

1994 Author Award
Toning the Sweep by Angela Johnson
1994 Author Honors
Brown Honey in Broom Wheat Tea by Joyce Carol Thomas
Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary by Walter Dean Myers

1993 Author Award
The Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural by Pat McKissack
1993 Author Honors
Mississippi Challenge by Mildred Pitts Walter
Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman? by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack
Somewhere in the Darkness by Walter Dean Myers

1992 Author Award
Now is Your Time: The African American Struggle for Freedom by Walter Dean Myers
1992 Author Honors
Night on Neighborhood Street by Eloise Greenfield

1991 Author Award
The Road to Memphis by Mildred D. Taylor
1991 Author Honors
Black Dance in America by James Haskins
When I Am Old With You by Angela Johnson

1990 Author Award
A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter by Patricia and Frederick McKissack

1990 Author Honors
Nathaniel Talking by Eloise Greenfield
The Bells of Christmas by Virginia Hamilton
Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Freedom Movement by Rita Hakim (not owned by SPL)

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Author Award 1980s

1989 Author Award
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers

1989 Author Honors
A Thief in the Village and Other Stories by James Berry (not owned by SPL)
Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave by Virginia Hamilton (not owned by SPL)

1988 Author Award
The Friendship by Mildred Taylor

1988 Author Honors
An Enchanted Hair Tale by Alexis De Veaux
The Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit by Julius Lester


1987 Author Award
Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World by Mildred Pitts Walter (not owned by SPL)

1987 Author Honors
Lion and the Ostrich Chicks and Other African Folk Tales by Ashley Bryan
Which Way Freedom by Joyce Hansen (not owned by SPL)


1986 Author Award
The People Could Fly by Virginia Hamilton

1986 Author Honors
Junius Over Far by Virginia Hamilton (not owned by SPL)
Trouble's Child by Mildred Pitts Walter (not owned by SPL)

1985 Author Award
Motown and Didi by Walter Dean Myers (not owned by SPL)

1985 Author Honors
Circle of Gold by Candy Dawson Boyd (not owned by SPL)
A Little Love by Virginia Hamilton (Not owned by SPL)
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1984 Author Award
Everett Anderson's Good-Bye by Lucille Clifton (not owned by SPL)
1984 Author Honors
Words of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Coretta Scott King
The Magical Adventures of Pretty Pearl by Virginia Hamilton
Lena Horne by James Haskin (not owned by SPL)
Bright Shadow by Joyce Carol Thomas (not owned by SPL)
Because We Are by Mildred Pitts Walter (not owned by SPL)

1983 Author Award
Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush by Virginia Hamilton (not owned by SPL)
1983 Author Honors
This Strange New Feeling by Julius Lester (not owned by SPL)

1982 Author Award
Let the Circle Be Unbroken by Mildred D. Taylor
1982 Author Honors
Rainbow Jordan by Alice Childress (not owned by SPL)
Lou in the Limelight by Kristin Hunter (not owned by SPL)
Mary: An Autobiography by Mary E. Mebane

1981 Author Award
This Life by Sidney Poitier
1981 Author Honors
Don't Explain: A Song of Billie Holiday by Alexis De Veaux (not owned by SPL)

1980 Author Award
The Young Landlords by Walter Dean Myers

1980 Author Honors
Movin' Up by Berry Gordy (not owned by SPL)
Childtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir by Eloise Greenfield and Lessie Jones Little
Andrew Young: Young Man with a Mission by James Haskins (not owned by SPL)
James Van Der Zee: The Picture Takin' Man by James Haskins (not owned by SPL)
Let the Lion Eat Straw by Ellease Southerland (not owned by SPL)

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Author Award 1970s

1979 Author Award
Escape to Freedom by Ossie Davis (not owned by SPL)
1979 Author Honors
Benjamin Bannekaer by Lillie Patterson (not owned by SPL)
I Have a Sister, My Sister is Deaf by Jeanne W. Peterson (not owned by SPL)
Justice and Her Brothers by Virginia Hamilton
Skates of Uncle Richard by Carol Fenner (not owned by SPL)

1978 Author Award
Africa Dream by Eloise Greenfield (not owned by SPL)
1978 Author Honors
The Days When the Animals Talked by William J. Faulkner
Marvin and Tige by Fankcina Glass (not owned by SPL)
Mary McCleod Bethune by Eloise Greenfield (not owned by SPL)
Barbara Jordan by James Haskins (not owned by SPL)
Coretta Scott King by Lillie Patterson (not owned by SPL)
Portia by Ruth Ann Stewart (not owned by SPL)

1977 Author Award
Story of Stevie Wonder by James Haskins (not owned by SPL)
1977 Author Honors
(no honor books named)

1976 Author Award
Duey's Tale by Pearl Bailey (not owned by SPL)
1976 Author Honors
(no honor books named)

1975 Author Award
The Legend of Africana by Dorothy Robinson (not owned by SPL)
1975 Author Honors
(no honor books named)

1974 Author Award
Ray Charles by Sharon Bell Mathis (not owned by SPL)
1974 Author Honors
(no honor books named)

1973 Author Award
I Never Had It Made: The Autobiography of Jackie Robinson by Jackie Robinson and Alfred Duckett

1973 Author Honors
(no honor books named)

 

1972 Author Award
Seventeen Black Artists by Elton C. Fax
1972 Author Honors
(no honor books named)

1971 Author Award
Black Troubador: Langston Hughes by Charlemae Rollins (not owned by SPL)
1971 Author Honors
(no honor books named)

1970 Author Award
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Man of Peace by Lillie Patterson (not owned by SPL)

1970 Author Honors
(no honor books named)

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Illustrator Award 2010s

2014 Illustrator Award

Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Daniel Beaty

2014 Illustrator Honors

Nelson Mandela, illustrated and written by Kadir Nelson


2013 Illustrator Award

I, Too, Am America, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Langston Hughes

2013 Illustrator Honors

H.O.R.S.E., illustrated and written by Christopher Myers

Ellen's Broom, illustrated by Daniel Minter, written by Kelly Starling Lyons

I Have A Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr., illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

2012 Illustrator Award

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

2012 Illustrator Honor

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


2011 Illustrator Award 

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

2011 Illustrator Honor

 Jimi Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix, illustrated by Javaka Steptoe, written by Gary Golio


2010 Illustrator Award

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

2010 Illustrator Honor

The Negro Speaks of Rivers, illustrated by E.B. Lewis, written by Langston Hughes


 

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Illustrator Award 2000s


2009 Illustrator Award

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

2009 Illustrator Honors

 We are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, illustrated and written by Kadir Nelson

The Moon Over Star, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, written by Dianna Hutts Aston

Before John Was A Jazz Giant, illustrated by Sean Qualls, written by Carole Boston Weatherford


2008 Illustrator Award

Let it Shine by Ashley Bryan

2008 Illustrator Honors
The Secret Olivia Told Me by N. Joy

Jazz on a Saturday Nightby Leo and Diane Dillon


2007 Illustrator Award
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom illustrated by Kadir Nelson,written by Carole Boston Weatherford
2007 Illustrator Honors
Jazz illustrated by Christopher Myers, written by Walter Dean Myers
Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes illustrated by Benny Andrews, edited by David Roessel and Arnold Rampersad

2006 Illustrator Award
Ellington Was Not a Street illustrated by Kadir A. Nelson, written by Ntozake Shang
2006 Illustrator Honors
God Bless the Child illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, written by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog, Jr.
The People Could Fly: The Picture Book illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon,written by Virginia Hamilton

2005 Illustrator Award
Ellington Was Not a Street illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Ntozake Shange
2005 Illustrator Honors
God Bless the Child illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, written by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog, Jr.
The People Could Fly: The Picture Book illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon,written by Virginia Hamilton

2004 Illustrator Award
Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan
2004 Illustrator Honors
Almost to Freedom illustrated by Colin Bootman, written by Vaunda Nelson (not owned by SPL)

Thunder Rose by Kadir Nelson

2003 Illustrator Award
Talkin' About Bessie illustrated by E.B. Lewis, written by Nikki Grimes
2003 Illustrator Honors
Rap A Tap Tap: Here's Bojangles -- Think of That by Leo and Diane Dillon
Visiting Langston illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Willie Perdomo (not owned by SPL)

2002 Illustrator Award
Goin' Someplace Special illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, written by Patricia McKissack
2002 Illustrator Honors
Martin's Big Words illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Doreen Rapport

2001 Illustrator Award
Uptown by Bryan Collier
2001 Illustrator Honors
Freedom River  illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Doreen Rapport
Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth illustrated by Gregory Christie, written by Anne Rockwell
Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys illustrated by E.B. Lewis, written by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard

2000 Illustrator Award
In the Time of the Drums illustrated by Brian Pinkney, written by Kim L.Siegelson

2000 Illustrator Honors
My Rows and Piles of Coins illustrated by E.B. Lewis, written by Towolwa M.Mollel
Black Cat by Christopher Myers

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Illustrator Award 1990s

1999 Illustrator Award
I See the Rhythm illustrated by Michele Wood, written by Toyomi Igus

1999 Illustrator Honors
I Have Heard of a Land illustrated by Floyd Cooper, written by Joyce Carol Thomas
The Bat Boy and His Violin illustrated by E.B. Lewis, written by Gavin Curtis
Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra illustrated by Brian Pinkney, written by Angela Davis Pinkney


1998 Illustrator Award
In Daddy's Arms I am Tall illustrated by Javaka Steptoe, written by various African American poets

1998 Illustrator Honors
Ashley Bryan's ABC of African American Poetry by Ashley Bryan
Harlem illustrated by Christopher Myers, written by Walter Dean Myers
The Hunterman and theCrocodile by Baba Wague Diakite

1997 Illustrator Award
Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, written by Alan Schroeder
1997 Illustrator Honors
The Palm of My Heart illustrated by Gregorie Christie, edited by Avida Adedjouma
Running the Road to ABC illustrated by Reynold Ruffins, written by Denize Lauture
Neeny Coming, Neeny Going illustrated by Synthia Saint James, written by Karen English

1996 Illustrator Award
The Middle Passage: White Ships/Black Cargo by Tom Feelings
1996 Illustrator Honors
Her Stories illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon, written by Virginia Hamilton
The Faithful Friend illustrated by Brian Pinkney, written by Robert San Souci

1995 Illustrator Award
The Creation illustrated by James Ransome, written by James Weldon Johnson
1995 Illustrator Honors
The Singing Man illustrated by Terea Shaffer, written by Angela Shelf Medearis (not owned by SPL)
Meet Danitra Brown illustrated by Floyd Cooper, written by Nikki Grimes

1994 Illustrator Award
Soul Looks Back in Wonder illustrated by Tom Feelings, written by various African American poets

1994 Illustrator Honors
Brown Honey in Broom Wheat Tea illustrated by Floyd Cooper, written by Joyce Carol Thomas

Uncle Jed's Barbershop illustrated by James Ransome, written by Margaree King Mitchell
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1993 Illustrator Award
The Origins of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth illustrated by Kathleen Atkins Wilson, retold by David A. Anderson (not owned by SPL)
1993 Illustrator Honors
Little Eight John illustrated by Wil Clay, written by Jan Wahl (not owned by SPL)
Sukey and the Mermaid illustrated by Brian Pinkney, written by Robert San Souci
Working Cotton illustrated by Carole Byard, written by Sherley Anne Williams

1992 Illustrator Award
Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold
1992 Illustrator Honors
All Night, All Day by Ashley Bryan
Night on Neighborhood Street illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist, written by Eloise Greenfield

1991 Illustrator Award
Aida illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon, written by Leontyne Price
1991 Illustrator Honors
(no honor books named)


1990 Illustrator Award
Nathaniel Talking illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist, written by Eloise Greenfield

1990 Illustrator Honors
The Talking Eggs illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, written Robert San Souci

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Illustrator Award 1980s

1989 Illustrator Award
Mirandy and Brother Wind illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, written by Patricia McKissack

1989 Illustrator Honors
Under the Sunday Tree illustrated by Amos Ferfuson, written by Eloise Greenfield (not owned by SPL)
Storm in the Night illustrated by Pat Cummings, written by Mary Stolz

1988 Illustrator Award
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe
1988 Illustrator Honors
What a Morning! The Christmas Story in Black Spirituals illustrated by Ashley Bryan, selected by John Langstaff (not owned by SPL)
The Invisible Hunters illustrated by Joe Sam, compiled by Harriet Rohmer (not owned by SPL)

1987 Illustrator Award
Half a Moon and One Whole Star illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, written by Crescent Dragonwagon (not owned by SPL)
1987 Illustrator Honors
Lion and the Ostrich Chicksand Other African Folk Tales by Ashley Bryan
C.L.O.U.D.S. written and illustrated by Pat Cummings (not owned by SPL)

1986 Illustrator Award
The Patchwork Quilt illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, written by Valerie Flourney
1986 Illustrator Honors
The People Could Fly illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon, written by Virginia Hamilton
 

1985 Illustrator Award
(no award presented)

1985 Illustrator Honors

(no honor books named)


1984 Illustrator Award
My Mama Needs Me illustrated by Pat Cummings, written by Mildred Pitts Walter (not owned by SPL)
1984 Illustrator Honors

(no honor books named)


1983 Illustrator Award
Black Child by Peter Magubane (not owned by SPL)
1983 Illustrator Honors
All the Colors of the Race illustrated by John Steptoe, written by Arnold Adoff
I'm Going to Sing: Black American Spirituals illustrated by Ashley Bryan (not owned by SPL)
Just Us Women illustrated by Pat Cummings, written by Jeanette Caines

1982 Illustrator Award
Mother Crocodile illustrated by John Steptoe, written by Rosa Guy (not owned by SPL)

1982 Illustrator Honors
Daydreamers illustrated by Tom Feelings, written by Eloise Greenfield (not owned by SPL)


1981 Illustrator Award
Beat the Story Drum, Pum-Pum by Ashley Bryan
1981 Illustrator Honors
Grandmama's Joy illustrated by Carole Byard, written by Eloise Greenfield (not owned by SPL) Count On Your Fingers African Style illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, written by Claudia Zaslavsky (not owned by SPL)
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1980 Illustrator Award
Cornrows illustrated by Carole Byard, written by Camille Yarbrough (not owned by SPL)

1980 Illustrator Honors

(no honor books named)

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Illustrator Award 1970s

1979 Illustrator Award
Something on My Mind illustrated by Tom Feelings, written by Nikki Grimes by Ossie Davis (not owned by SPL)
1979 Illustrator Honors
(no honor books named)


1978 Illustrator Award
Africa Dream illustrated by Carole Bayard, written by Eloise Greenfield (not owned by SPL)

1978 Illustrator Honors
(no honor books named)


1977 Illustrator Award
(no award presented)
1977 Illustrator Honors
(no honor books named)

1976 Illustrator Award
(no award presented)
1976 Illustrator Honors
(no honor books named)

1975 Illustrator Award
(no award presented)

1975 Illustrator Honors
(no honor books named)

1974 Illustrator Award
Ray Charles illustrated by George Ford, written by Sharon Bell Mathias (not owned by SPL)
1974 Illustrator Honors
(no honor books named)

Note:  Prior to 1974, the Coretta Scott King Award was given to Authors only.

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