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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

 E840.8.L43 A3 2016 

 

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

 E STE

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

 FIC YOO

 

2016

 

Author Award

Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia

 FIC WIL

 

Illustrator Award

Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews

 ML3930.A53 A3 2015

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

Hoodoo by Ronald L. Smith

FIC SMI

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

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

E185.97.H35 W43 2015  

 

2015

 

Author Award

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

PS3573.O64524 Z46 2014  

 

Illustrator Award

Firebird by Misty Copeland

E COP

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds

FIC REY

 

2014

 

Author Award

P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia

FIC WIL

 

Illustrator Award

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

E BEA

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

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

 SUMMIT

 

2013

 

Author Award

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

E185.86 .P56 2012  

 

Illustrator Award

I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughes

PS3515.U274 I3 2012  

 

2012

 

Author Award

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

E185 .N427 2011  

 

Illustrator Award

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

E EVA  

 

2011

 

Author Award

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

FICTION WIL  

 

Illustrator Award

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

NK4210.D247 H55 2010  

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

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

SUMMIT

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

Zora and Me by Victoria Bond

SUMMIT

 

2010

 

Author Award

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

F697.R44 N45 2009  

 

Illustrator Award

My People by Langston Hughes

SUMMIT

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

The Rock And The River by Kekla Magoon

SUMMIT

 

2009

 

Author Award

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

GV875.A1 N45 2008

 

 

Illustrator Award

The Blacker The Berry by Joyce Carol Thomas

PS3570.H565 B53 2008  

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

Bird by Zetta Elliott

SUMMIT

 

2008

 

Author Award

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

FIC CUR

 

Illustrator Award

Let it Shine by Ashley Bryan

E BRY

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

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

SUMMIT

 

2007

 

Author Award

Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper (Fix)

FIC DRA

 

Illustrator Award

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

E444.T82 W43 2006  

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

Standing Against the Wind by Traci L. Jones

SUMMIT

 

2006

 

Author Award

Day of Tears by Julius Lester

PS3562 .E853 .L567 2007

 

Illustrator Award

Rosa by Nikki Giovanni

F334.M753 P38427 2008  

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

Jimi & Me by Jaime Adoff

SUMMIT

Award by Year and Category

2005

Author Award

Remember: The Journey to School Integration by Toni Morrison

LC214.2 .M67 2004  

Illustrator Award

Ellington Was Not a Street by Ntozake Shange

E SHA  

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

Jazzy Miz Mozetta by Brenda C. Roberts

SUMMIT

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

Missy Violet and Me by Barbara Hathaway

SUMMIT

 

2004

 

Author Award

The First Part Last by Angela Johnson

 FIC JOH

 

Illustrator Award

Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan

 PZ8.1.B838 Bg 2003

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

The Way a Door Closes by Hope Anita Smith

 SUMMIT

 

2003

 

Author Award

Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes

 FICTION GRI  

 

Illustrator Award

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

 TK540.C546 G75 2002  

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

Chill Wind by Janet McDonald

 FICTION MCD

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

The Moon Ring by Randy DuBurke

 SUMMIT

 

2002

 

Author Award

The Land by Mildred Taylor

 FICTION TAY

 

Illustrator Award

Goin’ Someplace Special by Pat McKissack

 E MCK  

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles

 E WIL  

 

2001

 

Author Award

Miracle’s Boys by Jacqueline Woodson

 FICTION WOO  

 

 

Illustrator Award

Uptown by Bryan Collie

E COL   

 

2000

 

Author Award

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

 FICTION CUR  

 

Illustrator Award

In the Time of the Drums by Kim L. Siegelson

 E SIE  

 

1999

 

Author Award

Heaven by Angela Johnson

 FIC JOH

 

Illustrator Award

I See the Rhythm by Toyomi Igus

 ML3556 .I48 1998

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

The Piano Man by Debbie Chocolate

 E CHO

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake

 SUMMIT

 

1998

 

Author Award

Forged by Fire by Sharon M. Draper

 FICTION DRA

 

Illustrator Award

In Daddy’s Arms I am Tall by Folami Abiade

 PS591.N4 B46 1997

 

1997

 

Author Award

Slam! by Walter Dean Myers

 FIC MYE

 

Illustrator Award

Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman by Alan Schroeder

E444.T82 S37 1996  

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent:

Another Way to Dance by Martha Southgate

SUMMIT

 

1996

 

 

Author Award

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

GR111.A47 H35 1995

 

Illustrator Award

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

 ND237.F32 A4 1995

 

1995

 

Author Award

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

 F213 .M36 1994  

 

Illustrator Award

The Creation by James Weldon Johnson

 PS3519.O2625 C73 1994  

 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

Tears Of A Tiger by Sharon M. Draper

 FICTION DRA  

 

1994

 

Author Award

Toning The Sweep by Angela Johnson

 FICTION JOH  

 

Illustrator Award

Soul Looks Back in Wonder by Langston Hughes

 PS591.N4 S58 1994

 

1993

 

Author Award

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

 FIC MCK

 

Illustrator Award

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

 E AND

 

1992

 

Author Award

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

 E185 .M96 1991

 

Illustrator Award

Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

 E RIN  

 

1991

 

Author Award

The Road to Memphis by Mildred D. Taylor

 FIC TAY

 

Illustrator Award

Aida by Leontyne Price

 ML3930.V4 P7 1990

 

1990

 

Author Award

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

 HD8039.R37 U46 1989  

 

Illustrator Award

Nathaniel Talking by Eloise Greenfield

 PN6109.97 .G81 1988

 

1989

 

Author Award

Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers

 FICTION MYE  

 

Illustrator Award

Mirandy and Brother Wind by Patricia C. Mckissack

  E MCK  

 

1988

 

Author Award

The Friendship by Mildred D. Taylor

 FICTION TAY  

 

Illustrator Award

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

 E STE

Award by Year and Category

1987

 

Author Award

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

 FIC WAL

 

Illustrator Award

Half a Moon and One Whole Star by Crescent Dragonwagon

 E DRA

 

1986

 

Author Award

The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales by Virginia Hamilton

 GR73 .H22 1985  

 

Illustrator Award

The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy

 E FLO

 

1985

 

Author Award

Motown and Didi by Walter Dean Myers

FIC MYE

 

1984

 

Author Award

Everett Anderson’s Goodbye by Lucille Clifton

E CLI

 

Illustrator Award

My Mama Needs Me by Mildred Pitts Walter

 E WAL

 

Special Citation

The Words of Martin Luther King by Coretta Scott King

 E185.97.K5 A25 1996  

 

1983

 

Author Award

Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush by Virginia Hamilton

 FIC HAM

 

Illustrator Award

Black Child by Peter Magubane

 DT763.6 .M33 1982

 

1982

 

Author Award

Let the Circle Be Unbroken by Mildred D. Taylor

 FIC TAY

 

Illustrator Award:

Mother Crocodile by Rosa Guy

 GR73 .D59 1981  

 

1981

 

Author Award

This Life by Sidney Poitie

 PN2287.P57 A37 1980  

 

Illustrator Award

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

 FIC BRY

 

1980

 

Author Award

The Young Landlords by Walter Dean Myers

 FIC MYE

 

Illustrator Award

Cornrows by Camille Yarbrough

 E YAR

 

1979

 

Author Award

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

 PN6120.H5 D26 1978  

 

Illustrator Award

Something on My Mind by Nikki Grimes

 PN6109.97.F29 .S69 1978  

 

1978

 

Author and Illustrator Award

Africa Dream by Eloise Greenfield

E GRE

 

1977

 

Author Award

The Story of Stevie Wonder by James Haskins

 ML3930.W65 H4

 

1976

 

Author Award

Duey’s Tale by Pearl Bailey

 FIC BAI

 

1975

 

Author Award

The Legend of Africania by Dorothy W. Robinson

 E ROB

 

1974

 

Illustrator Award

Ray Charles by Sharon Bell Mathis

 ML3930.C443 M42 2001  

 

1973

 

Author Award

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

GV865.R6 A3 1995  

 

1972

 

Author Award

Seventeen Black Artists by Elton C. Fax

N6538.N5 F3 

 

1971

 

Author Award

Black Troubadour by Langston Hughes

 PS3515.U274 Z77 1970  

 

1970

 

Author Award

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

E185.97.K5 P3