Coretta Scott King

csk_seal“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” (ALA.org).

 

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2017

Author Award

Medal Winner:

March: Book Three, Written John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, Illustrated by Nate Powell

Honor Books:

As Brave As You, Written by Jason Reynolds

Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan, Written and Illustrated by Ashley Bryan

Illustrator Award

Medal Winner:

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, Written and Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe

Honor Books:

Freedom in Congo Square, Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, Written by Carole Boston Weatherford

Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan, Written and Illustrated by Ashley Bryan

In Plain Sight, Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, Written by Richard Jackson

2016

Author Award

Medal Winner:

Gone Crazy in Alabama, Written by Rita Williams-Garcia

Honor Books:

All American Boys, Written by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

The Boy in the Black Suit, Written by Jason Reynolds

X: A Novel, Written by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoo

Illustrator Award

Medal Winner:

Trombone Shorty, Illustrated by Bryan Collier, Written by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and Bill Taylor

Honor Books:

The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore, Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, Written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Last Stop on Market Street, Illustrated by Christian Robinson, Written by Matt de la Peña

2015

Author Award

Medal Winner:

brown girl dreaming, Written by Jacqueline Woodson

Honor Books:

The Crossover, Written by Kwame Alexander

How I Discovered Poetry, Written by Marilyn Nelson, Illustrated by Hadley Hooper

Illustrator Award

Medal Winner:

Firebird, Illustrated by Christopher Myers, Written by Misty Copeland

Honor Books:

JOSEPHINE: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, Illustrated by Christian Robinson, Written by Patricia Hruby Powell

Little Melba and Her Big Trombone, Illustrated by Frank Morrison, Written by Katheryn Russell-Brown

2014

Author Award

Medal Winner:

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

Honor Books:

March: Book One, Written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, Illustrated by Nate Powell

Darius & Twig, Written by Walter Dean Myers

Words with Wings, Written by Nikki Grimes

Illustrator Award

Medal Winner:

Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me, Illustrated by Bryan Collier, Written by Daniel Beaty

Honor Book:

Nelson Mandela, Written and Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

2013

Author Award

Medal Winner:

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

Honor Books:

Each Kindness, Written by Jacqueline Woodson, Illustrated by E. B. Lewis

No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller, Written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Illustrator Award

Medal Winner:

I, Too, Am America, Illustrated by Bryan Collier, Written by Langston Hughes

Honor Books:

Ellen’s Broom, Illustrated by Kelly Starling Lyons, Written by Daniel Minter

H. O. R. S. E., Written and Illustrated by Christopher Myers

I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr., Illustrated by Kadir Nelson, Written by Martin Luther King, Jr.