Coretta Scott King Award

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.

The Sun Is Also a Star
The Sun Is Also a Star
By Yoon, Nicola
2016-11 – Delacorte Press
9780553496680 Check Our Catalog

Awards:
Coretta Scott King Award (2017), Michael L. Printz Award (2017)

 

The dazzling new novel from Nicola Yoon, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything (in theaters now ), will have you falling in love with Natasha and Daniel as they fall in love with each other

 

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m …More

 

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
By Steptoe, Javaka
2016-10 – Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
9780316213882 Check Our CatalogAwards:
Caldecott Medal (2017), Coretta Scott King Award (2017)
 

Winner of the Randolph Caldecott Medal and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator AwardJean-Michel Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocketed to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art world had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, 

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March: Book Three
March: Book Three
By Lewis, John
Author Aydin, Andrew
Illustrator Powell, Nate
2016-08 – Top Shelf Productions
9781603094023 Check Our CatalogAwards:
Coretta Scott King Award (2017), Michael L. Printz Award (2017), Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award (2017)
 

Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy. Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today’s world.By the fall of 1963, the Civil Rights Movement has …More

 

Gone Crazy in Alabama
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Gone Crazy in Alabama
By Williams-Garcia, Rita
2015-04 – Amistad Press
9780062215871 Check Our Catalog

3rd book in Gaither sisters series

Coretta Scott King Award winner * ALA Notable Book * School Library Journal Best Book of the Year * Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year * ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice * Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year * Washington Post Best Books of the Year * TheBulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Blue …More

 

Trombone Shorty
Trombone Shorty
By Andrews, Troy
Illustrator Collier, Bryan
2015-04 – Abrams Books for Young Readers
9781419714658 Check Our CatalogAwards:
Caldecott Medal (2016), Coretta Scott King Award (2016), Georgia Children’s Book Award (2017), Orbis Pictus Award (2016), Parents Choice Awards (Spring) (2008-Up) (2015)
 

A 2016 Caldecott Honor Book and Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Award Winner 

Hailing from the Treme neighborhood in New Orleans, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews got his nickname by wielding a trombone twice as long as he was high. A prodigy, he was leading his own band by age six, and today this Grammy-nominated artist headlines the legendary New Orleans Jazz Fest.
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Brown Girl Dreaming
Brown Girl Dreaming
By Woodson, Jacqueline
2014-08 – Nancy Paulsen Books
9780399252518 Check Our CatalogAwards:
Alabama Camellia Award (2016), Black-Eyed Susan Award (2016), Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards (2015), Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens (2015), Children’s Book Committee Award (2015), Coretta Scott King Award (2015), Cybils (2014), E.B. White Read Aloud Award (2015), Georgia Children’s Book Award (2016), Great Stone Face Book Award (2016), Kentucky Bluegrass Award (2016), L.A. Times Book Prize (2014), National Book Awards (2014), Nevada Young Readers’ Award (2016), Newbery Medal (2015), North Carolina Children’s Book Award (2016), Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize (2015), Rhode Island Teen Book Award (2016), Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award (2015), SIBA Book Award (2015)

 

New York Times Bestseller and National Book Award Winner 

Jacqueline Woodson, the acclaimed author of 

Another Brooklyn, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow…More

 

Firebird
Firebird
By Copeland, Misty
Illustrator Myers, Christopher
2014-09 – G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
9780399166150 Check Our CatalogAwards:
Coretta Scott King Award (2015), Ezra Jack Keats Book Award (2015)
 

In her debut picture book, American Ballet Theatre soloist Copeland tells the inspiring story of a budding ballet star. Lyrical and affecting text paired with bold, striking illustrations by Caldecott Honoree Myers makes this an ideal read for aspiring ballerinas everywhere. Full color. …More 

P.S. Be Eleven
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P.S. Be Eleven
By Williams-Garcia, Rita
2013-05 – Amistad Press
9780061938627 Check Our Catalog

2nd book in Gaither sisters series

Awards:
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens (2014), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award (2015)

In this exquisite sequel to the “New York Times” bestseller “One Crazy Summer” Newbery Honor Book and winner of the Coretta Scott King AwardNthe Gaither sisters return to Brooklyn and find that changes large and small have come to their home. …More

 

Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me
Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me
By Beaty, Daniel
2013-12 – Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
9780316209175 Check Our Catalog

Awards:
Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards (2014), Coretta Scott King Award (2014), Cybils (2014), Parents Choice Awards (Fall) (2008-Up) (2013)

 

“A boy wakes up one morning to find his father gone. At first, he feels lost. But his father has left him a letter filled with advice to guide him through the times he cannot be there”– …More 

I, Too, Am America
I, Too, Am America
By Hughes, Langston
Illustrator Collier, Bryan
2012-05 – Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
9781442420083 Check Our Catalog

Awards:
Coretta Scott King Award (2013), New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association Award (2012)

 

The poetic wisdom of Hughes merges with visionary illustrations from Collier in this inspirational picture book that carries the promise of equality and creates a breathtaking reminder of unity. …More 

Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America
Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America
By Pinkney, Andrea Davis
Author Pinkney, Brian
Illustrator Pinkney, Brian
2012-10 – Disney-Hyperion
9781423142577 Check Our Catalog

Awards:
Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards (2013), Coretta Scott King Award (2013)

 

“Hand in Hand” presents the stories of 10 men from different eras in American history, organized chronologically to provide a scope from slavery to the modern day. Men profiled include Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Barack H. Obama II. Illustrations. …More 

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans
By Nelson, Kadir
Illustrator Nelson, Kadir
2011-09 – Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
9780061730740 Check Our Catalog

Awards:
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens (2012), Coretta Scott King Award (2012), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award (2013), Jane Addams Children’s Book Award (2012), Parents Choice Awards (Fall) (2008-Up) (2011), Sequoyah Book Awards (2014)

 

The story of America and African Americans is a story of hope and inspiration and unwavering courage. But it is also the story of injustice; of a country divided by law, education, and wealth; of a people whose struggles and achievements helped define their country.

Kadir Nelson, one of this generation’s most accomplished, award-winning artists, has created an epic yet intimate …More

 

Underground
Underground
By Evans, Shane W.
Illustrator Evans, Shane W.
2011-01 – Roaring Brook Press
9781596435384 Check Our Catalog

Awards:
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens (2012), Coretta Scott King Award (2012), Virginia Readers Choice Award (2013)

 

A family silently crawls along the ground. They run barefoot through unlit woods, sleep beneath bushes, take shelter in a kind stranger’s home. Where are they heading? They are heading for Freedom by way of the Underground Railroad. …More 

One Crazy Summer
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One Crazy Summer
By Williams-Garcia, Rita
2010-01 – Amistad Press
9780060760885 Check Our Catalog

1st book in Gaither sisters series

Awards:
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens (2011), Charlie May Simon Children’s Book Award (2013), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award (2012)

In a humorous and breakout book by Williams-Garcia, the Penderwicks meet the Black Panthers in 1968 Oakland, California. …More

 

Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave
By Hill, Laban Carrick
Illustrator Collier, Bryan
2010-09 – Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
9780316107310 Check Our CatalogAwards:
Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award (2013), Black-Eyed Susan Award (2012), Caldecott Medal (2011), Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens (2011), Coretta Scott King Award (2011), Georgia Children’s Book Award (2013), Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award (2013), North Carolina Children’s Book Award (2012), Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize (2011), SIBA Book Award (2011), South Carolina Childrens, Junior and Young Adult Book Award (2013)
 

A National Book Award finalist teams up with an award-winning illustrator to present a beautiful and inspiring biography of a slave who lived in South Carolina in the 1800s and his extraordinary talent for pottery. Full color. …More 

The Rock and the River
The Rock and the River
By Magoon, Kekla
2009-01 – Aladdin Paperbacks
9781416975823 Check Our CatalogAwards:
Black-Eyed Susan Award (2012), Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens (2010), Coretta Scott King Award (2010), Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award (2012), Georgia Children’s Book Award (2013), Grand Canyon Reader Award (2013), Nutmeg Book Award (2012), Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award (2012), Tayshas Reading (2011), Virginia Readers Choice Award (2012)
 

Set in 1968 Chicago, this powerful debut novel follows 13-year-old Sam Childs, the son of a known civil rights activist who questions the possibility of change after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. …More 

My People
My People
By Hughes, Langston
Illustrator Smith Jr, Charles R.
2009-01 – Atheneum Books for Young Readers
9781416935407 Check Our CatalogAwards:
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens (2010), Coretta Scott King Award (2010), Golden Archer Award (2011), Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award (2010)
 

Hughes’s spare yet eloquent tribute to his people has been cherished for generations. Now, acclaimed photographer Smith interprets this beloved poem in vivid sepia photographs that capture the glory, the beauty, and the soul of being a black American today. …More 

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
By Nelson, Kadir
Illustrator Nelson, Kadir
2008-01 – Jump at the Sun
9780786808328 Check Our CatalogAwards:
Beehive Awards (2010), Bluebonnet Awards (2010), Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens (2009), Coretta Scott King Award (2009), Cybils (2008), Orbis Pictus Award (2009), Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award (2010), Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award (2009)
 

In this “New York Times” bestseller, noted artist Kadir Nelson tells the story of baseball’s unsung heroes. [A] sumptuous volume that no baseball fan should be without. …More 

The Blacker the Berry
The Blacker the Berry
By Thomas, Joyce Carol
Illustrator Cooper, Floyd
2008-07 – Amistad Press
9780060253752 Check Our CatalogAwards:
Coretta Scott King Award (2009), Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award (2011)
 

Two Coretta Scott King Honorees celebrate the many shades of black in this lyrical and illuminating collection of poems, including “Golden Goodness,” “Cranberry Red,” and “Biscuit Brown.” Full color. …More 

Bird
Bird
By Elliott, Zetta
Author Strickland, Shadra
2008-10 – Lee & Low Books
9781600602412 Check Our CatalogAwards:
Coretta Scott King Award (2009), West Virginia Children’s Book Award (2011)
 

An African-American boy nicknamed Bird uses drawing as a creative outlet as he struggles to make sense of his grandfather’s death and his brother’s drug addiction. Illustrations. …More

 


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