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Coretta Scott King Book Awards: Home

About the 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. 

Categories include Author and Illustrator and the John Steptoe award for new talent.

Award given 1970-Present

Awards by Year and Category

2017

 

Author Award
March Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

 

Illustrator Award
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

 

2016

 

Author Award

Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia

 

Illustrator Award

Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

Hoodoo by Ronald L. Smith

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford 

 

2015

 

Author Award

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

 

Illustrator Award

Firebird by Misty Copeland

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds

 

2014

 

Author Award

P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia

 

Illustrator Award

Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream For Me by Daniel Beat

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

When The Beat Was Born: Dj Kool Herc And The Creation Of Hip Hop by Laban Carrick Hill

 

2013

 

Author Award

Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney

 

Illustrator Award

I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughes

 

2012

 

Author Award

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson

 

Illustrator Award

Underground: Finding The Light To Freedom by Shane W. Evans

 

2011

 

Author Award

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

 

Illustrator Award

Dave The Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

Seeds Of Change: Planting A Path To Peace by Jen Johnson

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

Zora and Me by Victoria Bond

 

2010

 

Author Award

Bad News For Outlaws: The Remarkable Life Of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

 

Illustrator Award

My People by Langston Hughes

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

The Rock And The River by Kekla Magoon

 

2009

 

Author Award

We Are The Ship: The Story Of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson

 

Illustrator Award

The Blacker The Berry by Joyce Carol Thomas

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

Bird by Zetta Elliott

 

2008

 

Author Award

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

 

Illustrator Award

Let it Shine by Ashley Bryan

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything in It by Sundee T. Frazier

 

2007

 

Author Award

Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper

 

Illustrator Award

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

Standing Against the Wind by Traci L. Jones

 

2006

 

Author Award

Day of Tears by Julius Lester

 

Illustrator Award

Rosa by Nikki Giovanni

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

Jimi & Me by Jaime Adoff

 

 

 

Award by Year and Category

2005

 

Author Award

Remember: The Journey to School Integration by Toni Morrison

 

Illustrator Award

Ellington Was Not a Street by Ntozake Shange

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

Jazzy Miz Mozetta by Brenda C. Roberts

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

Missy Violet and Me by Barbara Hathaway

 

2004

 

Author Award

The First Part Last by Angela Johnson

 

Illustrator Award

Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

The Way a Door Closes by Hope Anita Smith

 

2003

 

Author Award

Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes

 

Illustrator Award

Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman by Nikki Grimes

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

Chill Wind by Janet McDonald

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

The Moon Ring by Randy DuBurke

 

2002

 

Author Award

The Land by Mildred Taylor

 

Illustrator Award

Goin’ Someplace Special by Pat McKissack

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles

 

2001

 

Author Award

Miracle’s Boys by Jacqueline Woodson

 

Illustrator Award

Uptown by Bryan Collie

 

2000

 

Author Award

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

 

Illustrator Award

In the Time of the Drums by Kim L. Siegelson

 

1999

 

Author Award

Heaven by Angela Johnson

 

Illustrator Award

I See the Rhythm by Toyomi Igus

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

The Piano Man by Debbie Chocolate

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake

 

1998

 

Author Award

Forged by Fire by Sharon M. Draper

 

Illustrator Award

In Daddy’s Arms I am Tall by Folami Abiade

 

1997

 

Author Award

Slam! by Walter Dean Myers

 

Illustrator Award

Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman by Alan Schroeder

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent:

Another Way to Dance by Martha Southgate

 

1996

 

Author Award

Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, And True Tales by Virginia Hamilton

 

Illustrator Award

The Middle Passage: White Ships/ Black Cargo by Tom Feelings

 

1995

 

Author Award

Christmas In The Big House: Christmas In The Quarters by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick

 

Illustrator Award

The Creation by James Weldon Johnson

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

Tears Of A Tiger by Sharon M. Draper

 

1994

 

Author Award

Toning The Sweep by Angela Johnson

 

Illustrator Award

Soul Looks Back in Wonder by Langston Hughes

 

1993

 

Author Award

The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales Of The Supernatural by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack

 

Illustrator Award

The Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth by Sankofa and David A. Anderson

 

1992

 

Author Award

Now Is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for Freedom by Walter Dean Myers

 

Illustrator Award

Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

 

1991

 

Author Award

The Road to Memphis by Mildred D. Taylor

 

Illustrator Award

Aida by Leontyne Price

 

1990

 

Author Award

A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissac

 

Illustrator Award

Nathaniel Talking by Eloise Greenfield

 

1989

 

Author Award

Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers

 

Illustrator Award

Mirandy and Brother Wind by Patricia C. Mckissack

Award by Year and Category

1988

 

Author Award

The Friendship by Mildred D. Taylor

 

Illustrator Award

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale by John Steptoe

 

1987

 

Author Award

Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World by Mildred Pitts Walter

 

Illustrator Award

Half a Moon and One Whole Star by Crescent Dragonwagon

 

1986

 

Author Award

The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales by Virginia Hamilton

 

Illustrator Award

The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy

 

1985

 

Author Award

Motown and Didi by Walter Dean Myers

 

1984

 

Author Award

Everett Anderson’s Goodbye by Lucille Clifton

 

Illustrator Award

My Mama Needs Me by Mildred Pitts Walter

 

Special Citation

The Words of Martin Luther King by Coretta Scott King

 

1983

 

Author Award

Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush by Virginia Hamilton

 

Illustrator Award

Black Child by Peter Magubane

 

1982

 

Author Award

Let the Circle Be Unbroken by Mildred D. Taylor

 

Illustrator Award:

Mother Crocodile by Rosa Guy

 

1981

 

Author Award

This Life by Sidney Poitie

 

Illustrator Award

Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum by Ashley Bryan

 

1980

 

Author Award

The Young Landlords by Walter Dean Myers

 

Illustrator Award

Cornrows by Camille Yarbrough

 

1979

 

Author Award

Escape To Freedom: A Play About Young Frederick Douglass by Ossie Davis

 

Illustrator Award

Something on My Mind by Nikki Grimes

 

1978

 

Author and Illustrator Award

Africa Dream by Eloise Greenfield

 

1977

 

Author Award

The Story of Stevie Wonder by James Haskins

 

1976

 

Author Award

Duey’s Tale by Pearl Bailey

 

1975

 

Author Award

The Legend of Africania by Dorothy W. Robinson

 

1974

 

Illustrator Award

Ray Charles by Sharon Bell Mathis

 

1973

 

Author Award

I Never Had It Made: An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson by Jackie Robinson and Alfred Duckett

 

1972

 

Author Award

Seventeen Black Artists by Elton C. Fax

 

1971

 

Author Award

Black Troubadour by Langston Hughes

 

1970

 

Author Award

Martin Luther King Jr.: Man of Peace by Lillie Patterson