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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 came from Glyndon Flynt Greer, a school librarian in Englewood, New Jersey.[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 librarian in Baltimore, 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
1970 Author Lillie Patterson Martin Luther King, Jr.: Man of Peace Winner
1971 Author Charlemae Rollins Black Troubadour: Langston Hughes Winner
Maya Angelou I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Honor
Shirley Chisholm Unbought and Unbossed
Mari Evans I Am a Black Woman
Lorenz Graham Every Man Heart Lay Down
June Jordan and Terri Bush The Voice of the Children
Gladys Groom and Barney Grossman Black Means
Margaret W. Peters Ebony Book of Black Achievement
Janice May Udry Mary Jo's Grandmother
1972 Author Elton Fax 17 Black Artists Winner
1973 Author Alfred Duckett I Never Had It Made: An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson Winner
1974 Author Sharon Bell Mathis Ray Charles Winner
Alice Childress A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich Honor
Lucille Clifton Don't You Remember?
Louise Crane Ms. Africa: Profiles of Modern African Women
Kristin Hunter Guest in the Promise Land
John Nagenda Mukasa
Illustrator George Ford Ray Charles Winner
1975 Author Dorothy Robinson The Legend of Africania Winner
1976 Author Pearl Bailey Duey's Tale Winner
Shirley Graham Julius K. Nyerere: Teacher of Africa Honor
Eloise Greenfield Paul Robeson
Walter Dean Myers Fast Sam, Cool Clyde, and Stuff
Mildred Taylor Song of the Trees
1977 Author James Haskins The Story of Stevie Wonder Winner
Lucille Clifton Everett Anderson's Friend Honor
Mildred Taylor Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry
Clarence N. Blake and Donald F. Martin Quiz Book on Black America
1978 Author Eloise Greenfield Africa Dream Winner
William J. Faulkner The Days When the Animals Talked: Black Folk Tales and How They Came to Be Honor
Frankcina Glass Marvin and Tige
Eloise Greenfield Mary McCleod Bethune
James Haskins Barbara Jordan
Lillie Patterson Coretta Scott King
Ruth Ann Stewart Portia: The Life of Portia Washington Pittman, the Daughter of Booker T. Washington
Illustrator Carole Byard Africa Dream Winner
1979 Author Ossie Davis Escape to Freedom Winner
Lillie Patterson Benjamin Banneker Honor
Jeanne W. Peterson I Have a Sister, My Sister is Deaf
Virginia Hamilton Justice and Her Brothers
Carol Fenner Skates of Uncle Richard
Illustrator Tom Feelings Something on My Mind Winner
1980 Author Walter Dean Myers The Young Landlords Winner
Berry Gordy Movin' Up Honor
Eloise Greenfield and Lessie Jones Little Childtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir
James Haskins Andrew Young: Young Man with a Mission
James Haskins James Van Der Zee: The Picture Takin' Man
Ellease Southerland Let the Lion Eat Straw
Illustrator Carole Byard Cornrows Winner
1981 Author Sidney Poitier This Life Winner
Alexis De Veaux Don't Explain: A Song of Billie Holiday Honor
Illustrator Ashley Bryan Beat the Story Drum, Pum-Pum Winner
Carole Byard Grandmama's Joy Honor
Jerry Pinkney Count on Your Fingers African Style
1982 Author Mildred Taylor Let the Circle Be Unbroken Winner
Alice Childress Rainbow Jordan Honor
Kristin Hunter Lou In the Limelight
Mary E. Mebane Mary: An Autobiography
Illustrator John Steptoe Mother Crocodile: An Uncle Amadou Tale from Senegal Winner
Tom Feelings Daydreamers Honor
1983 Author Virginia Hamilton Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush Winner
Julius Lester This Strange New Feeling Honor
Illustrator Peter Magubane Black Child Winner
John Steptoe All the Colors of the Race Honor
Ashley Bryan I'm Going to Sing: Black American Spirituals
Pat Cummings Just Us Women
1984 Author Lucille Clifton Everett Anderson's Goodbye Winner
Virginia Hamilton The Magical Adventures of Pretty Pearl Honor
James Haskins Lena Horne
Joyce Carol Thomas Bright Shadow
Mildred Pitts Walter Because We Are
Coretta Scott King (editor) The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr Special
Illustrator Pat Cummings My Mama Needs Me Winner
1985 Author Walter Dean Myers Motown and Didi Winner
Candy Dawson Boyd Circle of Gold Honor
Virginia Hamilton A Little Love
1986 Author Virginia Hamilton The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales Winner
Virginia Hamilton Junius Over Far Honor
Mildred Pitts Walter Trouble's Child Honor
Illustrator Jerry Pinkney The Patchwork Quilt Winner
Leo and Diane Dillon The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales Honor
1987 Author Mildred Pitts Walter Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World Winner
Ashley Bryan Lion and the Ostrich Chicks and Other African Folk Tales Honor
Joyce Hansen Which Way Freedom Honor
Illustrator Jerry Pinkney Half a Moon and One Whole Star Winner
Ashley Bryan Lion and the Ostrich Chicks and Other African Folk Tales Honor
Pat Cummings C.L.O.U.D.S.
1988 Author Mildred Taylor The Friendship Winner
Alexis De Veaux An Enchanted Hair Tale Honor
Julius Lester The Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit Honor
Illustrator John Steptoe Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale Winner
Ashley Bryan What a Morning! The Christmas Story in Black Spirituals Honor
JoeSam The Invisible Hunters: A Legend from the Miskito Indians of Nicaragua
1989 Author Walter Dean Myers Fallen Angels Winner
James Berry A Thief in the Village and Other Stories Honor
Virginia Hamilton Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave
Illustrator Jerry Pinkney Mirandy and Brother Wind Winner
Amos Ferguson Under the Sunday Tree Honor
Pat Cummings Storm in the Night
1990 Author Patricia C. and Fredrick L. McKissack A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter Winner
Eloise Greenfield Nathaniel Talking Honor
Virginia Hamilton The Bells of Christmas
Lillie Patterson Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Freedom Movement
Illustrator Jan Spivey Gilchrist Nathaniel Talking Winner
Jerry Pinkney The Talking Eggs: A Folktale from the American South Honor
1991 Author Mildred Taylor The Road to Memphis Winner
James Haskins Black Dance in America Honor
Angela Johnson When I Am Old with You
Illustrator Leo and Diane Dillon Aida Winner
1992 Author Walter Dean Myers Now is Your Time: The African American Struggle for Freedom Winner
Eloise Greenfield Night on Neighborhood Street Honor
Illustrator Faith Ringgold Tar Beach Winner
Ashley Bryan All Night, All Day: A Child's First Book of African American Spirituals Honor
Jan Spivey Gilchrist Night on Neighborhood Street
1993 Author Patricia C. McKissack The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural Winner
Patricia C. and Fredrick L. McKissack Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman? Honor
Walter Dean Myers Somewhere in the Darkness
Mildred Pitts Walter Mississippi Challenge
Illustrator Kathleen Atkins Wilson The Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth Winner
Wil Clay Little Eight John Honor
Brian Pinkney Sukey and the Mermaid
Carole Byard Working Cotton
1994 Author Angela Johnson Toning the Sweep Winner
Joyce Carol Thomas Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea Honor
Walter Dean Myers Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary
Illustrator Tom Feelings Soul Looks Back in Wonder Winner
Floyd Cooper Brown Honey in Broom Wheat Tea Honor
James Ransome Uncle Jed's Barbershop
1995 Author Patricia C. and Fredrick L. McKissack Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters Winner
Joyce Hansen The Captive Honor
Jacqueline Woodson I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This
Patricia C. and Fredrick L. McKissack, Jr. Black Diamond: The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues
Illustrator James Ransome The Creation Winner
Teresa Shaffer The Singing Man Honor
Floyd Cooper Meet Danitra Brown
1996 Author Virginia Hamilton Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales Winner
Christopher Paul Curtis The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 Honor
Rita Williams-Garcia Like Sisters on the Homefront
Jacqueline Woodson From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun
Illustrator Tom Feelings The Middle Passage Winner
Leo and Diane Dillon Her Stories Honor
Brian Pinkney The Faithful Friend
1997 Author Walter Dean Myers Slam Winner
Patricia C. and Fredrick L. McKissack Rebels Against Slavery: American Slave Revolts Honor
Illustrator Jerry Pinkney Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman Winner
R. Gregory Christie The Palm of My Heart: Poetry by African American Children Honor
Reynold Ruffins Running the Road to ABC
Synthia Saint James Neeny Coming, Neeny Going
1998 Author Sharon Draper Forged By Fire Winner
James Haskins Bayard Rustin: Behind the Scenes of the Civil Rights Movement Honor
Joyce Hansen I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl
Illustrator Javaka Steptoe In Daddy's Arms I am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers Winner
Ashley Bryan Ashley Bryan's ABC of African American Poetry Honor
Christopher Myers Harlem
Baba Wagué Diakité The Hunterman and the Crocodile
1999 Author Angela Johnson Heaven Winner
Nikki Grimes Jazmin's Notebook Honor
Joyce Hansen and Gary McGowan Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence: The Story of New York's African Burial Ground
Angela Johnson The Other Side: Shorter Poems
Illustrator Michele Wood I See the Rhythm Winner
Floyd Cooper I Have Heard of a Land Honor
E. B. Lewis The Bat Boy and His Violin
Brian Pinkney Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra
2000 Author Christopher Paul Curtis Bud, Not Buddy Winner
Karen English Francie Honor
Patricia C. and Fredrick L. McKissack Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalers
Walter Dean Myers Monster
Illustrator Brian Pinkney In the Time of the Drums Winner
E. B. Lewis My Rows and Piles of Coins Honor
Christopher Myers Black Cat
2001 Author Jacqueline Woodson Miracle's Boys Winner
Andrea Davis Pinkney Let It Shine! Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters Honor
Illustrator Bryan Collier Uptown Winner
Bryan Collier Freedom River Honor
R. Gregory Christie Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth
E. B. Lewis Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys
2002 Author Mildred Taylor The Land Winner
Sharon G. Flake Money-Hungry Honor
Marilyn Nelson Carver: A Life in Poems
Illustrator Jerry Pinkney Goin' Someplace Special Winner
Bryan Collier Martin's Big Words Honor
2003 Author Nikki Grimes Bronx Masquerade Winner
Brenda Woods The Red Rose Box Honor
Nikki Grimes Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman
Illustrator E. B. Lewis Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman Winner
Bryan Collier Visiting Langston Honor
2004 Author Angela Johnson The First Part Last Winner
Patricia C. and Fredrick L. McKissack Days Of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States Honor
Sharon Draper The Battle of Jericho
Illustrator Ashley Bryan Beautiful Blackbird Winner
Colin Bootman Almost to Freedom Honor
Kadir Nelson Thunder Rose
Leo and Diane Dillon Rap a Tap Tap: Here's Bojangles
2005 Author Toni Morrison Remember: The Journey to School Integration Winner
Shelia P. Moses The Legend of Buddy Bush Honor
Sharon G. Flake Who Am I without Him?: Short Stories about Girls and the Boys in Their Lives
Marilyn Nelson Fortune's Bones: The Manumission Requiem
Illustrator Kadir Nelson Ellington Was Not a Street Winner
Jerry Pinkney God Bless the Child Honor
Leo and Diane Dillon The People Could Fly: The Picture Book
2006 Author Julius Lester Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue Winner
Tonya Bolden Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl Honor
Nikki Grimes Dark Sons
Marilyn Nelson A Wreath for Emmett Till
Illustrator Bryan Collier Rosa Winner
R. Gregory Christie Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan Honor
2007 Author Sharon Draper Copper Sun Winner
Nikki Grimes The Road to Paris Honor
Illustrator Kadir Nelson Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom Winner
Christopher Myers Jazz Honor
Benny Andrews Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes
2008 Author Christopher Paul Curtis Elijah of Buxton Winner
Sharon Draper November Blues Honor
Charles R. Smith Jr. Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali
Illustrator Ashley Bryan Let it Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals Winner
Nancy Devard The Secret Olivia Told Me Honor
Leo and Diane Dillon Jazz on a Saturday Night
2009 Author Kadir Nelson We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball Winner
Hope Anita Smith Keeping the Night Watch Honor
Joyce Carol Thomas The Blacker the Berry
Carole Boston Weatherford Becoming Billie Holiday
Illustrator Floyd Cooper The Blacker the Berry Winner
Kadir Nelson We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball Honor
Jerry Pinkney The Moon Over Star
Sean Qualls Before John Was a Jazz Giant
2010 Author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal Winner
Tanita S. Davis Mare's War Honor
Illustrator Charles R. Smith Jr. My People Winner
E. B. Lewis The Negro Speaks of Rivers Honor
2011 Author Rita Williams-Garcia One Crazy Summer Winner
Walter Dean Myers Lockdown Honor
Jewell Parker Rhodes Ninth Ward
G. Neri Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty
Illustrator Bryan Collier Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave Winner
Javaka Steptoe Jimi Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix Honor
2012 Author Kadir Nelson Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans Winner
Eloise Greenfield The Great Migration: Journey to the North Honor
Patricia C. McKissack Never Forgotten
Illustrator Shane W. Evans Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom Winner
Kadir Nelson Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans Honor
2013 Author Andrea Davis Pinkney Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America Winner
Jacqueline Woodson Each Kindness Honor
Vaunda Micheaux Nelson No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Micheaux, Harlem Bookseller
Illustrator Bryan Collier I, Too, Am America Winner
Daniel Minter Ellen's Broom Honor
Christopher Myers H.O.R.S.E.
Kadir Nelson I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King Jr.
2014 Author Rita Williams-Garcia P.S. Be Eleven Winner
John Lewis and Andrew Aydin March: Book One Honor
Walter Dean Myers Darius & Twig
Nikki Grimes Words with Wings
Illustrator Bryan Collier Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me Winner
Kadir Nelson Nelson Mandela Honor
2015 Author Jacqueline Woodson Brown Girl Dreaming Winner
Kwame Alexander The Crossover Honor
Marilyn Nelson How I Discovered Poetry
Kekla Magoon How It Went Down
Illustrator Christopher Myers Firebird Winner
Christian Robinson Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker Honor
Frank Morrison Little Melba and Her Big Trombone
2016 Author Rita Williams-Garcia Gone Crazy in Alabama Winner
Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely All American Boys Honor
Jason Reynolds The Boy in the Black Suit
Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon X: A Novel
Illustrator Bryan Collier Trombone Shorty Winner
R. Gregory Christie The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem's Greatest Bookstore Honor
Christian Robinson Last Stop on Market Street
2017 Author John Lewis and Andrew Aydin March: Book Three Winner
Jason Reynolds As Brave as You Honor
Ashley Bryan Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan
Illustrator Javaka Steptoe Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat Winner
R. Gregory Christie Freedom in Congo Square Honor
Ashley Bryan Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan
Jerry Pinkney In Plain Sight
2018 Author Renée Watson Piecing Me Together Winner
Derrick Barnes Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut Honor
Jason Reynolds Long Way Down
Angie Thomas The Hate U Give
Illustrator Ekua Holmes Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets Winner
Gordon C. James Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut Honor
James Ransome Before She Was Harriet: The Story of Harriet Tubman
2019 Author Claire Hartfield A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 Winner
Lesa Cline-Ransome Finding Langston Honor
Varian Johnson The Parker Inheritance
Kekla Magoon The Season of Styx Malone
Illustrator Ekua Holmes The Stuff of Stars Winner
Laura Freeman Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race Honor
Frank Morrison Let the Children March
R. Gregory Christie Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop
2020 Author Jerry Craft New Kid Winner
Junauda Petrus The Stars and the Blackness Between Them Honor
Kwame Mbalia Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky
Jason Reynolds Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks
Illustrator Kadir Nelson The Undefeated Winner
James Ransome The Bell Rang Honor
Ashley Bryan Infinite Hope: A Black Artist's Journey from World War II to Peace
Vashti Harrison Sulwe
2021 Author Jacqueline Woodson Before the Ever After Winner
Mildred Taylor All the Days Past, All the Days to Come Honor
Kacen Callender King and the Dragonflies
Evette Dionne Lifting as We Climb: Black Women's Battle for the Ballot Box
Illustrator Frank Morrison R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul Winner
Kaylani Juanita Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration Honor
Cozbi A. Cabrera Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks
Cozbi A. Cabrera Me & Mama
2022 Author Carole Boston Weatherford Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre Winner
Safia Elhillo Home Is Not a Country Honor
Kekla Magoon Revolution in Our Time
Ibi Zoboi The People Remember
Illustrator Floyd Cooper Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre Winner
Christian Robinson Nina: A Story of Nina Simone Honor
Raissa Figueroa We Wait for the Sun
C.G. Esperanza Soul Food Sunday

Steptoe Award for New Talent [edit]

From 1996 on, the Coretta Scott King Awards program includes the John Steptoe Award for New Talent, optionally awarded to an author, an illustrator, or both.

Coretta Scott King Awards - Steptoe Award for New Talent winners[11]
Year Work Recipient Title
1995 Author Sharon Draper Tears of a Tiger
1996 Author No award
1997 Author Martha Southgate Another Way to Dance
1998 Author No award
1999 Author Sharon Flake The Skin I'm In
illustrator Eric Velasquez The Piano Man (written by Debbie Chocolate)
2000 Author No award
2001 Author No award
2002 illustrator Jerome Lagarrigue Freedom Summer (written by Deborah Wiles)
2003 Author Janet McDonald, Chill Wind
author / illustrator Randy DuBurke The Moon Ring
2004 Author Hope Anita Smith The Way a Door Closes (illustrated by Shane W. Evans)
2005 Author Barbara Hathaway Missy Violet and Me
illustrator Frank Morrison Jazzy Miz Mozetta (written by Brenda C. Roberts)
2006 Author Jaime Adoff Jimi & Me
2007 Author Traci L. Jones Standing Against the Wind
2008 Author Sundee T. Frazier Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything In It
2009 illustrator Shadra Strickland Bird (written by Zetta Elliott)
2010 Author Kekla Magoon The Rock and the River
2011 Author Victoria Bond and T. R. Simon Zora and Me
illustrator Sonia Lynn Sadler Seeds of Change (written by Jen Cullerton Johnson)
2012 Author No award
2013 Author No award
2014 illustrator Theodore Taylor III When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop
2015 Author Jason Reynolds When I Was the Greatest
2016 Author Ronald L. Smith Hoodoo
illustrator Ekua Holmes Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement
2017 Author Nicola Yoon The Sun Is Also a Star
2018 Author David Barclay Moore The Stars Beneath Our Feet
illustrator Charly Palmer Mama Africa! How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song
2019 Author Tiffany D. Jackson Monday's Not Coming
illustrator Oge Mora Thank You, Omu!
2020 Author Alicia D. Williams Genesis Begins Again
illustrator April Harrison What is Given from the Heart
2021 Author Tracy Deonn Legendborn
2022 Author Amber McBride Me (Moth)

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
  • 2021: Dorothy L. Guthrie, retired librarian, district administrator, author and school board member
  • 2022: Nikki Grimes, author

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Stephens, Claire Gatrell (2000). Coretta Scott King award books : using great literature with children and young adults. Libraries Unlimited. pp. xv. ISBN 1563086859. Retrieved March 27, 2019. Coretta Scott King embarrassing introduction.
  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. ^ "The Coretta Scott King Book Awards". Round Tables. 2009-01-18. 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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