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Coretta Scott King Award
Awarded for(Book Awards) the most distinguished portrayal of African American experience in literature for children or teens
CountryUnited States
Presented byEthnic & Multicultural Information Exchange (EMIERT), a round table of the American Library Association (ALA)
First awarded1970

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 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 first author award was given in 1970. In 1974, the award was expanded to honor illustrators as well as authors. Starting in 1978, runner-up Author Honor Books have been recognized. Recognition of runner-up Illustrator Honor Books began in 1981. In addition, the Coretta Scott King Awards committee has given the Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement, starting in 2010, and beginning in 1996 an occasional John Steptoe Award for New Talent.

Like the Newbery Medal and Caldecott Medal, the Coretta Scott King Awards have the potential to be used in classroom teaching and projects.[1]

The Coretta Scott King titles represent a wide variety of literary genres at varying reading and interest levels. They not only deserve to be considered by teachers for student projects, but should also be incorporated into the curriculum as a teaching tool. – Claire Gatrell Stephens[1]


The idea for the Coretta Scott King Award originated with librarian Glyndon Flynt Greer.[2] At a meeting of the American Library Association in Atlantic City in 1969, Greer, librarian Mabel McKissick and publisher John M. Carroll, lamented the lack of recognition for minority writers. No person of color had won either the Newbery or Caldecott Medals at that time. Before the conference ended, a group of African American librarians had formed to promote the creation of a new award. Among them were Augusta Braxton Baker, Charlemae Hill Rollins, and Virginia Lacy Jones.[3] The award's name was intentionally chosen to honor recently assassinated Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King.[4] The name also commemorates the life of Dr. King and honors the dedication Coretta Scott King had to making the world a place that welcomes all people.[5]

It was particularly fitting that the first Coretta Scott King Award was presented to Lillie Patterson, a school librarian from New Jersey, for her elementary level biography Martin Luther King, Jr.: Man of Peace.[3] The award's first presentation was held during the 1970 New Jersey Library Association conference in Atlantic City, and its second at the corresponding conference in 1971. Early sponsors of the award included the New Jersey Library Association, and the library councils of the Englewood Middle School and Dwight Morrow High School.[6]:13

With support from Roger McDonough, the third annual Coretta Scott King Award was presented during the American Library Association's 1972 Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois. However, the award was not yet officially recognized by the ALA. As of 1972, Greer moved to Atlanta, Georgia. The award was briefly sponsored by the School of Library and Information Studies at Atlanta University. An awards committee and an advisory board of mostly local librarians were formed, co-chaired by Ella Gaines Yates.[6]:14–15

In 1974, the award was expanded to honor illustrators as well as authors. The first illustrator to receive the award was George Ford, for his work in illustrating Ray Charles by Sharon Bell Mathis.[7] Mathis won the author award for 1974.[6]:14 Starting in 1978, runner-ups to the Author award have been recognized as Honor Books. As of 1981, runner-ups to the Illustrator award have been recognized as Honor Books.

In 1979, the awards committee and the advisory board merged, forming the Coretta Scott King Award Task Force. With support from E. J. Josey, the new committee became part of the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) of the American Library Association. Greer served as its first chair until her death on August 24, 1980. Harriet Brown then became acting chair.[6]:14–17

Brown was succeeded by Effie Lee Morris in 1981. Under Morris' leadership, the Coretta Scott King Awards were officially recognized by the executive board of the ALA. Morris wrote formal selection criteria for the awards to meet ALA's standards, and the Coretta Scott King Awards were accepted as an ALA unit award in 1982, the twelfth year that they had been given.[6]:14–17[8]

Winning books receive a medal; honor books receive a certificate. Winning and honor books are identified by the presence on their covers of the Coretta Scott King Award Seal. The original seal was designed by artist Lev Mills in 1974, with a bronze seal on winning books and a pewter seal on honor books. In a later revision of the seal, the colors changed to bronze and black for winners, and pewter and black for honors.[9]

The award eventually changed its ALA affiliation from the SRRT to the Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT), which had become a closer match for its activities.[10] Dr. Henrietta M. Smith has edited four volumes, published by the American Library Association, that provide a history of the award.[8]


Coretta Scott King Book Awards winners and runners-up[11]
Year Work Recipient Title Citation
2020 author Jerry Craft New Kid Winner
2020 author Junauda Petrus The Stars and the Blackness Between Them Honor
2020 author Kwame Mbalia Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky Honor
2020 author Jason Reynolds Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks Honor
2020 illustrator Kadir Nelson The Undefeated Winner
2020 illustrator James Ransome The Bell Honor
2020 illustrator Ashley Bryan Infinite Hope: A Black Artist's Journey from World War II to Peace Honor
2020 illustrator Vashti Harrison Sulwe Honor
2019 author Claire Hartfield A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 Winner
2019 author Lesa Cline-Ransome Finding Langston Honor
2019 author Varian Johnson The Parker Inheritance Honor
2019 author Kekla Magoon The Season of Styx Malone Honor
2019 illustrator Ekua Holmes The Stuff of Stars Winner
2019 illustrator Laura Freeman Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race Honor
2019 illustrator Frank Morrison Let the Children March Honor
2019 illustrator R. Gregory Christie Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop Honor
2018 author Renée Watson Piecing Me Together Winner
2018 author Derrick Barnes Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut Honor
2018 author Jason Reynolds Long Way Down Honor
2018 author Angie Thomas The Hate U Give Honor
2018 illustrator Ekua Holmes Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets Winner
2018 illustrator Gordon C. James Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut Honor
2018 illustrator James Ransome Before She Was Harriet: The Story of Harriet Tubman Honor
2017 author John Lewis and Andrew Aydin March: Book Three Winner
2017 author Jason Reynolds As Brave as You Honor
2017 author Ashley Bryan Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan Honor
2017 illustrator Javaka Steptoe Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat Winner
2017 illustrator R. Gregory Christie Freedom in Congo Square Honor
2017 illustrator Ashley Bryan Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan Honor
2017 illustrator Jerry Pinkney In Plain Sight Honor
2016 author Rita Williams-Garcia Gone Crazy in Alabama Winner
2016 author Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely All American Boys Honor
2016 author Jason Reynolds The Boy in the Black Suit Honor
2016 author Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon X: A Novel Honor
2016 illustrator Bryan Collier Trombone Shorty Winner
2016 illustrator R. Gregory Christie The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem's Greatest Bookstore Honor
2016 illustrator Christian Robinson Last Stop on Market Street Honor
2015 author Jacqueline Woodson Brown Girl Dreaming Winner
2015 author Kwame Alexander The Crossover Honor
2015 author Marilyn Nelson How I Discovered Poetry Honor
2015 author Kekla Magoon How It Went Down Honor
2015 illustrator Christopher Myers Firebird Winner
2015 illustrator Christian Robinson Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker Honor
2015 illustrator Frank Morrison Little Melba and Her Big Trombone Honor
2014 author Rita Williams-Garcia P.S. Be Eleven Winner
2014 author John Lewis and Andrew Aydin March: Book One Honor
2014 author Walter Dean Myers Darius & Twig Honor
2014 author Nikki Grimes Words with Wings Honor
2014 illustrator Bryan Collier Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me Winner
2014 illustrator Kadir Nelson Nelson Mandela Honor
2013 author Andrea Davis Pinkney Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America Winner
2013 author Jacqueline Woodson The Dear One Honor
2013 author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Micheaux, Harlem Bookseller Honor
2013 illustrator Bryan Collier I, Too, Am America Winner
2013 illustrator Daniel Minter Ellen's Broom Honor
2013 illustrator Christopher Myers H.O.R.S.E. Honor
2013 illustrator Kadir Nelson I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr. Honor
2012 author Kadir Nelson Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans Winner
2012 author Eloise Greenfield The Great Migration: Journey to the North Honor
2012 author Patricia C. McKissack Never Forgotten Honor
2012 illustrator Shane W. Evans Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom Winner
2012 illustrator Kadir Nelson Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans Honor
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: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty Honor
2011 illustrator Bryan Collier Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave 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 R. Smith Jr. My People Winner
2010 illustrator E. B. Lewis 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 Negro League Baseball 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 Patricia 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 R. Gregory 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 Fredrick 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, Jr. Black Diamond: The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues 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 The 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 Fredrick 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: A Folktale from the American South 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 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 Goodbye 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 Senegal 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 Byard 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 Taylor Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry Honor
1977 author Clarence N. Blake and Donald F. Martin Quiz 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 Lucille Clifton Don't 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: An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson Winner
1972 author Elton Fax 17 Black Artists Winner
1971 author Charlemae Rollins Black Troubadour: 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

Steptoe Award for New Talent [edit]

From 1996 the Coretta Scott King Awards program includes the occasional John Steptoe Award for New Talent. Through 2012, seventeen new talents have been recognized in 18 years.[11]

  • 1995: Sharon Draper, author of Tears of a Tiger (Simon & Schuster)
  • 1996: none
  • 1997: Martha Southgate, author of Another Way to Dance (Delacorte)
  • 1998: none
  • 1999: Sharon Flake, author of The Skin I'm In (Jump at the Sun/Hyperion)
  • 1999: Eric Velasquez, illustrator of The Piano Man, written by Debbie Chocolate (Walker Books for Young Readers)
  • 2000: none
  • 2001: none
  • 2002: Jerome Lagarrigue, illustrator of Freedom Summer, written by Deborah Wiles (Atheneum)
  • 2003: Janet McDonald, author of Chill Wind (Frances Foster Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • 2003: Randy DuBurke, author and illustrator of The Moon Ring (Chronicle Books)
  • 2004: Hope Anita Smith, author of The Way a Door Closes, illustrated by Shane W. Evans (Henry Holt)
  • 2005: Barbara Hathaway, author of Missy Violet and Me (Houghton Mifflin)
  • 2005: Frank Morrison, illustrator of Jazzy Miz Mozetta, written by Brenda C. Roberts (Farrar Straus Giroux)
  • 2006: Jaime Adoff, author of Jimi & Me (Jump at the Sun, an imprint of Hyperion Books for Children)
  • 2007: Traci L. Jones, author of Standing Against the Wind (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • 2008: Sundee T. Frazier, author of Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything In It (Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children's Books)
  • 2009: Shadra Strickland, illustrator of Bird, written by Zetta Elliott (Lee & Low Books)
  • 2010: Kekla Magoon, author of The Rock and the River (Aladdin, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division)
  • 2011: Victoria Bond and T. R. Simon, authors of Zora and Me (Candlewick Press)
  • 2011: Sonia Lynn Sadler, illustrator of Seeds of Change, written by Jen Cullerton Johnson (Lee & Low Books)
  • 2012: none
  • 2013: none
  • 2014: Theodore Taylor III, illustrator of When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop (Roaring Brook Press)
  • 2015: Jason Reynolds, author of When I Was the Greatest (Atheneum)
  • 2016: Ronald L. Smith, author of Hoodoo (Clarion Books)
  • 2016: Ekua Holmes, illustrator of Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement (Candlewick Press)
  • 2017: Nicola Yoon, author of The Sun Is Also a Star (Delacorte Press)
  • 2018: David Barclay Moore, author of The Stars Beneath Our Feet (Alfred A. Knopf)
  • 2018: Charly Palmer, illustrator of Mama Africa! How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song (Farrar Straus Giroux Books)
  • 2019: Oge Mora, illustrator of Thank You, Omu
  • 2019: Tiffany D. Jackson, author of Monday's Not Coming
  • 2020: Alicia D. Williams, author of Gensis Begins Again
  • 2020: April Harrison, author of What is Given from the Heart

Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement [edit]

From 2010 the Coretta Scott King Awards include the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement, or Virginia Hamilton Award.[11][12] It is presented to creators and practitioners alternately: in even years, to an African American writer or illustrator of books for children or young adults; in odd years, to a practitioner for "active engagement with youth using award-winning African American literature for children and/or young adults, via implementation of reading and reading related activities/programs."[12]

  • 2010: Walter Dean Myers, author
  • 2011: Dr. Henrietta Mays Smith, professor emerita at the University of South Florida, Tampa, School of Library and Information Science
  • 2012: Ashley Bryan, storyteller, artist, author, poet, and musician
  • 2013: Demetria Tucker, family and youth services librarian for the Pearl Bailey Library, a branch of the Newport News (Va.) Public Library System
  • 2014: Patricia and Fredrick McKissack, children's authors
  • 2015: Deborah D. Taylor, young adult librarian
  • 2016: Jerry Pinkney, illustrator
  • 2017: Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop, Professor Emerita of Education at Ohio State University
  • 2018: Eloise Greenfield, author
  • 2019: Dr. Pauletta Brown Bracy, Professor of Library Science and Director of the Office of University Accreditation at North Carolina Central University
  • 2020: Mildred Taylor, author

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Glyndon Flynt Greer". The American Library Association Archives. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b Smith, Henrietta M. (February 25, 2013). "Guest Blogger Post, Musings & Ponderings, Publishing 101 The Origins of the Coretta Scott King Award". The Open Book Blog. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  4. ^ Hutcherson, Lori Lakin. "CSK: 50 years strong". Good Black News. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  5. ^ admin (2009-01-18). "The Coretta Scott King Book Awards". Round Tables. Retrieved 2019-10-24.
  6. ^ a b c d e Thompkins, Joyce Hollmon (1993). An annotated bibliography of the Coretta Scott King Award Books from 1970-1990. Atlanta, GA: Robert W. Woodruff Library, Atlanta University. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  7. ^ "INTERVIEWS: Ray Charles By Sharon Bell Mathis Illustrations by George Ford". Lee and Low Books. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  8. ^ a b Smith, Henrietta M. The Coretta Scott King Awards Book: from Vision to Reality. Chicago: American Library Association. 1994. ISBN 978-0-8389-3441-8
    ——. The Coretta Scott King Awards Book, 1970–1999. ALA. 1999. ISBN 978-0-8389-3496-8
    ——. The Coretta Scott King Awards, 1970–2004. ALA. 2004. ISBN 978-0-8389-3540-8
    ——. The Coretta Scott King Awards, 1970–2009. ALA. 2009. ISBN 978-0-8389-3584-2
  9. ^ "The History of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards". American Library Association (ALA). Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  10. ^ Bertram, Cara (February 13, 2019). "50 Years of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards". ALA Archives. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  11. ^ a b c "Coretta Scott King Book Award — All Recipients, 1970–Present". ALA. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  12. ^ a b "Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement". ALA. Retrieved 27 March 2019.

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