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Coretta Scott King Book Awards

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards

The Coretta Scott King Award is presented annually by the Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table, part of the American Library Association (ALA). Named for Coretta Scott King, wife of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., this award recognizes outstanding books for young adults and children by African Americans, that reflect the African-American experience. Awards are given both to authors and to illustrators. The concept of the award was first proposed in 1969 and the first actual award was presented in 1970. For the first few years, only Authors were acknowledged, but starting in 1974, and regularly thereafter, an Illustrator was also recognized. You can find more information about the Coretta Scott King Book Awards at – The Official Site (from the ALA) and Wikipedia.

The titles in this list are “hotlinked” to our library’s catalog, for all those titles currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries. Please note that only the “winners” are listed on our page, not the “Honor” books, which you can find by visiting either of the links in the preceeding paragraph. If there is a title you are interested in which we no longer own, and you are a Lincoln City Libraries customer, please consider requesting it through our Interlibrary Loan service.


Author – Amina Luqman-Dawson – Freewater (j Luqman-Dawson)
Illustrator – Frank Morrison – Standing in the Need of Prayer: A Modern Retelling of the Classic Spiritual (jP Weatherford)


Author – Carole Boston Weatherford – Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre (j976.686 Wea)
Illustrator – Floyd Cooper – Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre (j976.686 Wea)


Author – Jacqueline Woodson – Before the Ever After (j Woodson)
Illustrator – Frank Morrison – R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul (j Biography Franklin)


Author – Jerry Craft – New Kid (jPB [Series] Kraft)
Illustrator – Kadir Nelson – The Undefeated (jP Bauer)


Author – Claire Hartfield – A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 (j977.311 Har)
Illustrator – Ekua Holmes – The Stuff of Stars (jP Bauer)


Author – Renee Watson – Piecing Me Together (YA Watson)
Illustrator – Ekua Holmes – Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets (j811.08 Ale)


Author – John Lewis and Andrew Aydin – March: Book Three (Biography Lewis)
Illustrator – Javaka Steptoe – Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (j Biography Basquiat)


Author – Rita Williams-Garcia – Gone Crazy in Alabama (j Williams-Garcia)
Illustrator – Bryan Collier – Trombone Shorty (j Biography Trombone)


Author – Jacqueline Woodson – Brown Girl Dreaming (j818 Woo)
Illustrator – Christopher Myers – Firebird (jP Copeland)


Author – Rita Williams-Garcia – P.S. Be Eleven (j Williams-Garcia)
Illustrator – Bryan Collier – Knock, Knock: My Dad’s Dreams For Me (jP Beaty)


Author – Andrea Davis Pinkney – Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America (j305.8 AfrYp)
llustrator – Bryan Collier – I, Too, Am America (jP Hughes)


Author – Kadir Nelson – Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans (j305.8 AfrYn)
Illustrator – Shane W. Evans – Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom (jP Evans)


Author – Rita Williams-Garcia – One Crazy Summer (j Williams-Garcia)
Illustrator – Bryan Collier – Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave (j Biography Dave)


Author – Vaunda Micheaux Nelson – Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal (j Biography Reeves)
Illustrator – Charles R. Smith Jr. – My People (jP Hughes)


Author – Kadir Nelson – We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball (j796.357 Nel)
Illustrator – Floyd Cooper – The Blacker the Berry (j811 Tho)


Author – Christopher Paul Curtis – Elijah of Buxton (j Curtis)
Illustrator – Ashley Bryan – Let it Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals (j781.629 Let)


Author – Sharon Draper – Copper Sun (YA PB Draper)
Illustrator – Kadir Nelson – Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom (jB T79w)


Author – Julius Lester – Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue (YA Lester)
Illustrator – Bryan Collier – Rosa (not in library)


Author – Toni Morrison – Remember: The Journey to School Integration (j379.263 Mor)
Illustrator – Kadir Nelson – Ellington Was Not a Street (j811 Sha)


Author – Angela Johnson– The First Part Last (YA PB Johnson)
Illustrator – Ashley Bryan – Beautiful Blackbird (jP Bryan)


Author – Nikki Grimes – Bronx Masquerade (YA PB Grimes)
Illustrator – E.B. Lewis – Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman (jB C6709g)


Author – Mildred Taylor – The Land (digital audio only)
Illustrator – Jerry Pinkney – Goin’ Someplace Special (jP McKissack)


Author – Jacqueline Woodson – Miracle’s Boys (j Woodson)
Illustrator – Bryan Collier – Uptown (jP Collier)


Author – Christopher Paul Curtis – Bud, Not Buddy (j Curtis)
Illustrator – Brian Pinkney – In the Time of the Drums (jP Siegelson)


Author – Angela Johnson – Heaven (not in library)
Illustrator – Michelle Wood – I See the Rhythm (j781.629 Igu)


Author – Sharon Draper – Forged By Fire (j Draper)
Illustrator – Javaka Steptoe – In Daddy’s Arms I am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers (j811.08 Ste)


Author – Walter Dean Myers – Slam (j Myers)
Illustrator – Jerry Pinkney – Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman (jB T79s)


Author – Virginia Hamilton – Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales (j398.2 Ham)
Illustrator – Tom Feelings – The Middle Passage (not in library)


Author – Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick L. McKissack – Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters (j394.26 McK)
Illustrator – James Ransome – The Creation (jP Johnson)


Author – Angela Johnson – Toning the Sweep (not in library)
Illustrator – Tom Feelings – Soul Looks Back in Wonder (jP Feelings)


Author – Patricia C. McKissack – The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural (j McKissack)
Illustrator – Kathleen Atkins Wilson – The Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth (not in library)


Author – Walter Dean Myers – Now is Your Time: The African American Struggle for Freedom (Hoopla digital only)
Illustrator – Faith Ringgold – Tar Beach (jPB Picture Book Ringgold)


Author – Mildred Taylor – The Road to Memphis (j Taylor)
Illustrator – Leo and Diane Dillon – Aida (not in library)


Author – Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick L. McKissack – A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter (not in library)
Illustrator – Jan Spivey Gilchrist – Nathaniel Talking (not in library)


Author – Walter Dean Myers – Fallen Angels (YA PB Myers)
Illustrator – Jerry Pinkney – Mirandy and Brother Wind (jP McKissack)


Author – Mildred Taylor – The Friendship (jC Taylor or jPB (Series) Taylor)
Illustrator – John Steptoe – Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale (jP Steptoe)


Author – Mildred Pitts Walter – Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World (jPB Walter)
Illustrator – Jerry Pinkney – Half a Moon and One Whole Star (jP Dragonwagon)


Author – Virginia Hamilton – The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales (jP Hamilton)
Illustrator – Jerry Pinkney – The Patchwork Quilt (jP Flournoy)


Author – Walter Dean Myers – Motown and Didi (not in library)
Illustrator – ( None )


Special – Coretta Scott King (Editor) – The Words of Martin Luther King Jr. (B K585r)
Author – Lucille Clifton – Everett Anderson’s Goodbye (not in library)
– Pat Cummings – My Mama Needs Me (not in library)


Author – Virginia Hamilton – Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush (j Hamilton)
Illustrator – Peter Magubane – Black Child (not in library)


Author – Mildred Taylor – Let the Circle Be Unbroken (j Taylor)
Illustrator – John Steptoe – Mother Crocodile: An Uncle Amadou Tale from Senegal (j398.2 Dio)


Author – Sidney Poitier – This Life (791.43 Poi)
Illustrator – Ashley Bryan – Beat the Story Drum, Pum-Pum (not in library)


Author – Walter Dean Myers – The Young Landlords (YA PB Myers)
Illustrator – Carole Byard – Cornrows (jP Yarbrough)


Author – Ossie Davis – Escape to Freedom (not in library)
Illustrator – Tom Feelings – Something on My Mind (not in library)


Author – Eloise Greenfield – Africa Dream (jP Greenfield)
Illustrator – Carole Byard– Africa Dream (jP Greenfield)


Author – James Haskins – The Story of Stevie Wonder (not in library)
Illustrator – ( None )


Author – Pearl Bailey – Duey’s Tale (not in library)
Illustrator – ( None )


Author – Dorothy Robinson – The Legend of Africania (not in library)
Illustrator – ( None )


Author – Sharon Bell Mathis – Ray Charles (jB C378m)
Illustrator – George Ford– Ray Charles (jB C378m)


Author – Alfred Duckett – I Never Had It Made: An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson (Biography Robinson)


Author – Elton Fax – 17 Black Artists (not in library)


Author – Charlemae Robbins – Black Troubadour: Langston Hughes (not in library)


Author – Lillie Patterson– Martin Luther King, Jr.: Man of Peace (not in library)


The John Steptoe Award for New Talent

Since 1995, the Coretta Scott King Awards program has included (with a few years’ gaps) the Steptoe Award, named for John Steptoe. The Steptoe Award recognizes new talents — both Authors and Illustrators — who have debuted in the past year.

2023 – Jas Hammonds – Author – We Deserve Monuments (YA Hammonds)
2023 – Janelle Washington – Illustrator – Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till- Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement (not in library)
2022 – Amber McBride – Author – Me (Moth) (YA McBride)
2021 – Tracy Deonn – Author – Legendborn (YA Deonn)
2020 – April Harrison – Illustrator – What is Given From the Heart (jP McKissack)
2020 – Alicia D. Williams – Author – Genesis Begins Again (j Williams)
2019 – Oge Mora – Illustrator – Thank You, Omu (jP Mora)
2019 – Tiffany D. Jackson – Author – Monday’s Not Coming (YA Jackson)
2018 – Charly Palmer – Illustrator – Mama Africa! How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song (j Biography Makeba)
2018 – David Barclay Moore – Author – The Stars Beneath Our Feet (j Moore)
2017 – Nicola Yoon – Author – The Sun is Also a Star (YA Yoon)
2016 – Ekua Holmes – Illustrator – Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement (j Biography Hamer)
2016 – Ronald L. Smith – Author – Hoodoo (j Smith)
2015 – Jason Reynolds – Author – When I Was the Greatest (YA PB Reynolds)
2014 – Theodore Taylor III – Illustrator – When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop (j Biography DJ Kool)
2013 – none
2012 – none
2011 – Sonia Lynn Sadler – Illustrator – Seeds of Change: Planting a Path to Peace, written by Jen Cullerton Johnson (j Biography Maathal)
2011 – Victoria Bond and T. R. Simon – Authors – Zora and Me (j Bond)
2010 – Kekla Magoon – Author – The Rock and the River (YA PB Fiction Magoon)
2009 – Shadra Strickland- Illustrator – Bird, written by Zetta Elliott (jP Elliott)
2008 – Sundee T. Frazier – Author – Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything In It (j Frazier)
2007 – Traci L. Jones – Author – Standing Against the Wind (not in library)
2006 – Jaime Adoff – author – Jimi & Me (not in library)
2005 – Frank Morrison – Illustrator – Jazzy Miz Mozetta, written by Brenda C. Roberts (jP Roberts)
2005 – Barbara Hathaway – Author – Missy Violet and Me (not in library)
2004 – Hope Anita Smith – Author – The Way a Door Closes, illustrated by Shane W. Evans (not in library)
2003 – Randy DuBurke – Author/Illustrator – The Moon Ring (jP DeBurke)
2003 – Janet McDonald – Author – Chill Wind (not in library)
2002 – Jerome Lagarrigue – Illustrator of – Freedom Summer, written by Deborah Wiles (jP Wiles)
2001 – none
2000 – none
1999 – Sharon Flake – Author – The Skin I’m In (Hoopla eBook only)
1999 – Eric Velasquez – Illustrator – The Piano Man, written by Debbie Chocolate (jP Chocolate)
1998 – none
1997 – Martha Southgate – Author – Another Way to Dance (not in library)
1996 – none
1995 – Sharon Draper – Author – Tears of a Tiger (not in library)

Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

Beginning in 2010, the Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement has joined the Coretta Scott King Awards. This award is presented in alternating years to African American Authors/Illustrators, and to “practitioners” (educators, librarians, booksellers, etc.) whose support of African American works for youth and teens has been outstanding.

2023 – Dr. Claudette McLinn, the founder and executive director of the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature
2022Nikki Grimes, author
2021 – Dorothy L. Guthrie, retired librarian, district administrator, author and school board member
2020Mildred Taylor, author
2019 – Dr. Pauletta Brown Bracy, Professor of Library Science and Director of the Office of University Accreditation at North Carolina Central University
2018Eloise Greenfield, author
2017 – Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop, Professor Emerita of Education at Ohio State University
2016Jerry Pinkney, illustrator
2015 – Deborah D. Taylor, young adult librarian
2014Patricia McKissack and Fredrick McKissack, children’s authors
2013 – Demetria Tucker, family and youth services librarian for the Pearl Bailey Library, a branch of the Newport News (Va.) Public Library System
2012Ashley Bryan, storyteller, artist, author, poet, and musician
2011 – Dr. Henrietta Mays Smith, professor emerita at the University of South Florida, Tampa, School of Library and Information Science
2010Walter Dean Myers – Author

Last updated January 2023 – sdc