Coretta Scott King Award

Coretta Scott King Award
Coretta Scott King Award
Corretta Scott King Award
Awarded for the most distinguished portrayal of African American experience in literature for children
Presented by Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange (EMIERT) a round table of the American Library Association (ALA)
Country  United States
First awarded 1970
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The Coretta Scott King Award is an annual award presented by the Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table, part of the American Library Association (ALA). Named for Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King, Jr., this award recognizes outstanding African American authors and illustrators, and is awarded for books about the African American experience, that are written for a youth audience (high school or below).


Lillie Patterson won the first award in 1970 for Martin Luther King, Jr.: Man of Peace. Since 1974, both author and illustrator awards are granted. Starting in 1978 Honor Books have been recognized. Illustrator Honor Books recognitions began in 1981. The Coretta Scott King Award Seal was designed by artist Lev Mills in 1974; bronze for winning books and pewter for honor books. There has since been a revision of the seal; a bronze and black seal for winners, pewter and black for honors.[1]


Year Work Recipient Title Citation[2]
2011 author Rita Williams-Garcia One Crazy Summer Winner
2011 author Walter Dean Myers Lockdown Honor
2011 author Jewell Parker Rhodes Ninth Ward Honor
2011 author G. Neri Yummy Honor
2011 illustrator Bryan Collier Dave the Potter Winner
2011 illustrator Javaka Steptoe Jimi Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix Honor
2010 author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal Winner
2010 author Tanita S. Davis Mare's War Honor
2010 illustrator Charles S. Smith, Jr. My People Winner
2010 illustrator Lewis, E.B.|[[E. B. Lewis (illustrator)]}} The Negro Speaks of Rivers Honor
2009 author Kadir Nelson We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball Winner
2009 author Hope Anita Smith Keeping the Night Watch Honor
2009 author Joyce Carol Thomas The Blacker the Berry Honor
2009 author Carole Boston Weatherford Becoming Billie Holiday Honor
2009 illustrator Floyd Cooper The Blacker the Berry Winner
2009 illustrator Kadir Nelson We Are the Ship: The Story of the Negro Baseball League Honor
2009 illustrator Jerry Pinkney The Moon Over Star Honor
2009 illustrator Sean Qualls Before John Was a Jazz Giant Honor
2008 author Christopher Paul Curtis Elijah of Buxton Winner
2008 author Sharon Draper November Blues Honor
2008 author Charles R. Smith Jr. Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali Honor
2008 illustrator Ashley Bryan Let it Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals Winner
2008 illustrator Nancy Devard The Secret Olivia Told Me Honor
2008 illustrator Leo and Diane Dillon Jazz On A Saturday Night Honor
2007 author Sharon Draper Copper Sun Winner
2007 author Nikki Grimes The Road to Paris Honor
2007 illustrator Kadir Nelson Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom Winner
2007 illustrator Christopher Myers Jazz Honor
2007 illustrator Benny Andrews Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes Honor
2006 author Julius Lester Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue Winner
2006 author Tonya Bolden Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl Honor
2006 author Nikki Grimes Dark Sons Honor
2006 author Marilyn Nelson A Wreath for Emmett Till Honor
2006 illustrator Bryan Collier Rosa Winner
2006 illustrator R. Gregory Christie Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan Honor
2005 author Toni Morrison Remember: The Journey to School Integration Winner
2005 author Shelia P. Moses The Legend of Buddy Bush Honor
2005 author Sharon G. Flake Who Am I without Him?: Short Stories about Girls and the Boys in Their Lives Honor
2005 author Marilyn Nelson Fortune’s Bones: The Manumission Requiem Honor
2005 illustrator Kadir Nelson Ellington Was Not a Street Winner
2005 illustrator Jerry Pinkney God Bless the Child Honor
2005 illustrator Leo and Diane Dillon The People Could Fly: The Picture Book Honor
2004 author Angela Johnson The First Part Last Winner
2004 author Patricia C. and Fredrick L. McKissack Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States Honor
2004 author Sharon Draper The Battle of Jericho Honor
2004 illustrator Ashley Bryan Beautiful Blackbird Winner
2004 illustrator Colin Bootman Almost to Freedom Honor
2004 illustrator Kadir Nelson Thunder Rose Honor
2003 illustrator Leo and Diane Dillon Rap a Tap Tap: Here's Bojangles Honor
2003 author Nikki Grimes Bronx Masquerade Winner
2003 author Brenda Woods The Red Rose Box Honor
2003 author Nikki Grimes Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman Honor
2003 illustrator E. B. Lewis Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman Winner
2003 illustrator Bryan Collier Visiting Langston Honor
2002 author Mildred Taylor The Land Winner
2002 author Sharon G. Flake Money-Hungry Honor
2002 author Marilyn Nelson Carver: A Life in Poems Honor
2002 illustrator Jerry Pinkney Goin' Someplace Special Winner
2002 illustrator Bryan Collier Martin's Big Words Honor
2001 author Jacqueline Woodson Miracle's Boys Winner
2001 author Andrea Davis Pinkney Let It Shine! Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters Honor
2001 illustrator Bryan Collier Uptown Winner
2001 illustrator Bryan Collier Freedom River Honor
2001 illustrator R. Gregory Christie Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth Honor
2001 illustrator E. B. Lewis Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys Honor
2000 author Christopher Paul Curtis Bud, Not Buddy Winner
2000 author Karen English Francie Honor
2000 author Patrica C. and Fredrick L. McKissack Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalers Honor
2000 author Walter Dean Myers Monster Honor
2000 illustrator Brian Pinkney In the Time of the Drums Winner
2000 illustrator E. B. Lewis My Rows and Piles of Coins Honor
2000 illustrator Christopher Myers Black Cat Honor
1999 author Angela Johnson Heaven Winner
1999 author Nikki Grimes Jazmin’s Notebook Honor
1999 author Joyce Hansen and Gary McGowan Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence: The Story of New York’s African Burial Ground Honor
1999 author Angela Johnson The Other Side: Shorter Poems Honor
1999 illustrator Michele Wood i see the rhythm Winner
1999 illustrator Floyd Cooper I Have Heard of a Land Honor
1999 illustrator E. B. Lewis The Bat Boy and His Violin Honor
1999 illustrator Brian Pinkney Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra Honor
1998 author Sharon Draper Forged By Fire Winner
1998 author James Haskins Bayard Rustin: Behind the Scenes of the Civil Rights Movement Honor
1998 author Joyce Hansen I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl Honor
1998 illustrator Javaka Steptoe In Daddy's Arms I am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers Winner
1998 illustrator Ashley Bryan Ashley Bryan's ABC of African American Poetry Honor
1998 illustrator Christopher Myers Harlem Honor
1998 illustrator Baba Wagué Diakité The Hunterman and the Crocodile Honor
1997 author Walter Dean Myers Slam Winner
1997 author Patricia C. and Fredrick L. McKissack Rebels Against Slavery: American Slave Revolts Honor
1997 illustrator Jerry Pinkney Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman Winner
1997 illustrator Gregorie Christie The Palm of My Heart: Poetry by African American Children Honor
1997 illustrator Reynold Ruffins Running the Road to ABC Honor
1997 illustrator Synthia Saint James Neeny Coming, Neeny Going Honor
1996 author Virginia Hamilton Her Stories: African American folktales, fairy tales, and true tales Winner
1996 author Christopher Paul Curtis The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 Honor
1996 author Rita Williams-Garcia Like Sisters on the Homefront Honor
1996 author Jacqueline Woodson From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun Honor
1996 illustrator Tom Feelings The Middle Passage Winner
1996 illustrator Leo and Diane Dillon Her Stories Honor
1996 illustrator Brian Pinkney The Faithful Friend Honor
1995 author Patricia C. and Fred L. McKissack Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters Winner
1995 author Joyce Hansen The Captive Honor
1995 author Jacqueline Woodson I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This Honor
1995 author Patricia C. and Fredrick L. McKissack Black Diamond: Story of the Negro Baseball League Honor
1995 illustrator James Ransome The Creation Winner
1995 illustrator Teresa Shaffer The Singing Man Honor
1995 illustrator Floyd Cooper Meet Danitra Brown Honor
1994 author Angela Johnson Toning the Sweep Winner
1994 author Joyce Carol Thomas Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea Honor
1994 author Walter Dean Myers Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary Honor
1994 illustrator Tom Feelings Soul Looks Back in Wonder Winner
1994 illustrator Floyd Cooper Brown Honey in Broom Wheat Tea Honor
1994 illustrator James Ransome Uncle Jed's Barbershop Honor
1993 author Patricia C. McKissack Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural Winner
1993 author Patricia C. and Fredrick L. McKissack Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I a Woman? Honor
1993 author Walter Dean Myers Somewhere in the Darkness Honor
1993 author Mildred Pitts Walter Mississippi Challenge Honor
1993 illustrator Kathleen Atkins Wilson The Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth Winner
1993 illustrator Wil Clay Little Eight John Honor
1993 illustrator Brian Pinkney Sukey and the Mermaid Honor
1993 illustrator Carole Byard Working Cotton Honor
1992 author Walter Dean Myers Now is Your Time: the African American Struggle for Freedom Winner
1992 author Eloise Greenfield Night on Neighborhood Street Honor
1992 illustrator Faith Ringgold Tar Beach Winner
1992 illustrator Ashley Bryan All Night, All Day: A Child's First Book of African American Spirituals Honor
1992 illustrator Jan Spivey Gilchrist Night on Neighborhood Street Honor
1991 author Mildred Taylor The Road to Memphis Winner
1991 author James Haskins Black Dance in America Honor
1991 author Angela Johnson When I Am Old with You Honor
1991 illustrator Leo and Diane Dillon Aida Winner
1990 author Patricia C. and Fred L. McKissack A Long Hard Journey: the Story of the Pullman Porter Winner
1990 author Eloise Greenfield Nathaniel Talking Honor
1990 author Virginia Hamilton The Bells of Christmas Honor
1990 author Lillie Patterson Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Freedom Movement Honor
1990 illustrator Jan Spivey Gilchrist Nathaniel Talking Winner
1990 illustrator Jerry Pinkney The Talking Eggs Honor
1989 author Walter Dean Myers Fallen Angels Winner
1989 author James Berry A Thief in the Village and Other Stories Honor
1989 author Virginia Hamilton Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave Honor
1989 illustrator Jerry Pinkney Mirandy and Brother Wind Winner
1989 illustrator Amos Ferguson Under the Sunday Tree Honor
1989 illustrator Pat Cummings Storm in the Night Honor
1988 author Mildred Taylor The Friendship Winner
1988 author Alexis De Veaux An Enchanted Hair Tale Honor
1988 author Julius Lester The Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit Honor
1988 illustrator John Steptoe Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale Winner
1988 illustrator Ashley Bryan What a Morning! The Christmas Story in Black Spirituals Honor
1988 illustrator JoeSam The Invisible Hunters: A Legend from the Miskito Indians of Nicaragua Honor
1987 author Mildred Pitts Walter Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World Winner
1987 author Ashley Bryan Lion and the Ostrich Chicks and Other African Folk Tales Honor
1987 author Joyce Hansen Which Way Freedom Honor
1987 illustrator Jerry Pinkney Half a Moon and One Whole Star Winner
1987 illustrator Ashley Bryan Lion and the Ostrich Chicks and Other African Folk Tales Honor
1987 illustrator Pat Cummings C.L.O.U.D.S. Honor
1986 author Virginia Hamilton The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales Winner
1986 author Virginia Hamilton Junius Over Far Honor
1986 author Mildred Pitts Walter Trouble’s Child Honor
1986 illustrator Jerry Pinkney The Patchwork Quilt Winner
1986 illustrator Leo and Diane Dillon The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales Honor
1985 author Walter Dean Myers Motown and Didi: a love story Winner
1985 author Candy Dawson Boyd Circle of Gold Honor
1985 author Virginia Hamilton A Little Love Honor
1985 illustrator     None
1984 author Lucille Clifton Everett Anderson’s Good-bye Winner
1984 author Virginia Hamilton The Magical Adventures of Pretty Pearl Honor
1984 author James Haskins Lena Horne Honor
1984 author Joyce Carol Thomas Bright Shadow Honor
1984 author Mildred Pitts Walter Because We Are Honor
1984 author Coretta Scott King (editor) The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr Special
1984 illustrator Pat Cummings My Mama Needs Me Winner
1983 author Virginia Hamilton Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush Winner
1983 author Julius Lester This Strange New Feeling Honor
1983 illustrator Peter Magubane Black Child Winner
1983 illustrator John Steptoe All the Colors of the Race Honor
1983 illustrator Ashley Bryan I'm Going to Sing: Black American Spirituals Honor
1983 illustrator Pat Cummings Just Us Women Honor
1982 author Mildred Taylor Let the Circle Be Unbroken Winner
1982 author Alice Childress Rainbow Jordan Honor
1982 author Kristin Hunter Lou In the Limelight Honor
1982 author Mary E. Mebane Mary: An Autobiography Honor
1982 illustrator John Steptoe Mother Crocodile: An Uncle Amadou Tale from Sengal Winner
1982 illustrator Tom Feelings Daydreamers Honor
1981 author Sidney Poitier This Life Winner
1981 author Alexis De Veaux Don’t Explain: A Song of Billie Holiday Honor
1981 illustrator Ashley Bryan Beat the Story Drum, Pum-Pum Winner
1981 illustrator Carole Byard Grandmama's Joy Honor
1981 illustrator Jerry Pinkney Count on Your Fingers African Style Honor
1980 author Walter Dean Myers The Young Landlords Winner
1980 author Berry Gordy Movin’ Up Honor
1980 author Eloise Greenfield and Lessie Jones Little Childtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir Honor
1980 author James Haskins Andrew Young: Young Man with a Mission Honor
1980 author James Haskins James Van Der Zee: The Picture Takin’ Man Honor
1980 author Ellease Southerland Let the Lion Eat Straw Honor
1980 illustrator Carole Byard Cornrows Winner
1979 author Ossie Davis Escape to Freedom Winner
1979 author Lillie Patterson Benjamin Banneker Honor
1979 author Jeanne W. Peterson I Have a Sister, My Sister is Deaf Honor
1979 author Virginia Hamilton Justice and Her Brothers Honor
1979 author Carol Fenner Skates of Uncle Richard Honor
1979 illustrator Tom Feelings Something on My Mind Winner
1978 author Eloise Greenfield Africa Dream Winner
1978 author William J. Faulkner The Days When the Animals Talked: Black Folk Tales and How They Came to Be Honor
1978 author Francina Glass Marvin and Tige Honor
1978 author Eloise Greenfield Mary McCleod Bethune Honor
1978 author James Haskins Barbara Jordan Honor
1978 author Lillie Patterson Coretta Scott King Honor
1978 author Ruth Ann Stewart Portia: The Life of Portia Washington Pittman, the Daughter of Booker T. Washington Honor
1978 illustrator Carole Bayard Africa Dream Winner
1977 author James Haskins The Story of Stevie Wonder Winner
1977 author Lucille Clifton Everett Anderson's Friend Honor
1977 author Mildred D. Taylor Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry Honor
1977 author Clarence N. Blake and Donald F. Martin Quick Book on Black America Honor
1977 illustrator     None
1976 author Pearl Bailey Duey's Tale Winner
1976 author Shirley Graham Julius K. Nyerere: Teacher of Africa Honor
1976 author Eloise Greenfield Paul Robeson Honor
1976 author Walter Dean Myers Fast Sam, Cool Clyde, and Stuff Honor
1976 author Mildred Taylor Song of the Trees Honor
1976 illustrator     None
1975 author Dorothy Robinson The Legend of Africania Winner
1975 illustrator     None
1974 author Sharon Bell Mathis Ray Charles Winner
1974 author Alice Childress A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich Honor
1974 author Lucile Clifton Do You Remember? Honor
1974 author Louise Crane Ms. Africa: Profiles of Modern African Women Honor
1974 author Kristin Hunter Guest in the Promise Land Honor
1974 author John Nagenda Mukasa Honor
1974 illustrator George Ford Ray Charles Winner
1973 author Alfred Duckett I Never Had It Made: the Autobiography of Jackie Robinson, as told to Alfred Duckett Winner
1972 author Eton C. Fax 17 Black Artists Winner
1971 author Charlemae Rollins Black Troubador: Langston Hughes Winner
1971 author Maya Angelou I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Honor
1971 author Shirley Chisholm Unbought and Unbossed Honor
1971 author Mari Evans I Am a Black Woman Honor
1971 author Lorenz Graham Every Man Heart Lay Down Honor
1971 author June Jordan and Terri Bush The Voice of the Children Honor
1971 author Gladys Groom and Barney Grossman Black Means Honor
1971 author Margaret W. Peters Ebony Book of Black Achievement Honor
1971 author Janice May Udry Mary Jo's Grandmother Honor
1970 author Lillie Patterson Martin Luther King, Jr.: Man of Peace Winner


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