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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

Illustrator

John Steptoe New Talent

2016

March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, Illustrated by Nate Powell

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

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Author
Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia
Illustrator Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews pictures by Bryan Collier

John Steptoe
New Talent

Illustrator: Voice of Freedom:  Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford illustrated by Ekua Holmes  

Author: Hoodoo by Ronald L. Smith

2015                                                          
Author Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Illustrator Firebird by Misty Copeland

John Steptoe
New Talent    

When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds

2014  
Author P.S. Be Eleven written by Rita Williams-Garcia
Illustrator Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Daniel Beaty
John Steptoe
New Talent 
Illustrator: When the Beat was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop illustrated by Theodore Taylor III, written by Laban Carrick Hill

 

2013                                                          
Author Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America written by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Illustrator I, Too, Am America illustratred by Bryan Collier
John Steptoe
New Talent    
 
No award presented

 

2012                                                          
Author     Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Illustrator Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom written and illustrated by Shane W. Evans
John Steptoe
New Talent    
No award Presented 

 

2011                                                          
Author One Crazy Summer written by Rita Williams-Garcia
Illustrator Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick Hill
John Steptoe
New Talent

Authors: Zora and Me written by Victoria Bond and T. R. Simon  

Illustrator: Seeds of Change illustrated by Sonia Lynn Sadler, written by Jen Cullerton Johnson

 

2010                                                          
Author Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
Illustrator My People illustrated by Charles R. Smith Jr., written by Langston Hughes
John Steptoe
New Talent        

Author: The Rock and the River written by Kekla Magoon

 

2009                                                          
Author We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Illustrator The Blacker the Berry illustrated by Floyd Cooper, written by Joyce Carol Thomas
John Steptoe
New Talent      
 

Illustrator: Bird illustrated by Shadra Strickland, written by Zetta Elliott

 

2008                                                          
Author Elijah of Buxton written by Christopher Paul Curtis
Illustrator Let It Shine written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan
John Steptoe
New  Talent    
 

Author: Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything In It written by Sundee T. Frazier

 

2007                                                          
Author Copper Sun written by Sharon Draper
Illustrator Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Carole Boston Weatherford
John Steptoe
New Talent     
 

Author: Standing Against the Wind written by Traci L. Jones

 

2006                                                          
Author Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue written by Julius Lester
Illustrator Rosa illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Nikki Giovanni

John Steptoe
New Talent     

Author: Jimi & Me written by Jaime Adoff

 

2005                                                          
Author Remember: The Journey to School Integration by Toni Morrison
Illustrator Ellington Was Not a Street illustrated by Kadir A. Nelson, written by Ntozake Shange
John Steptoe
New Talent     

Author: Missy Violet and Me written by Barbara Hathaway

Illustrator: Jazzy Miz Mozetta illustrated by Frank Morrison, written by Brenda C. Roberts

 

2004                                                          
Author The First Part Last written by Angela Johnson
Illustrator Beautiful Blackbird written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan

John Steptoe
New Talent      

Author: The Way a Door Closes written by Hope Anita Smith, illustrated by Shane W. Evans

 

2003                                                          
Author Bronx Masquerade written by Nikki Grimes
Illustrator Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman illustrated by E. B. Lewis, written by Nikki Grimes

John Steptoe
New Talent      

Author: Chill Wind written by Janet McDonald

Author and Illustrator: The Moon Ring written and illustrated by Randy DuBurke

 

2002                                                          
Author The Land written by Mildred Taylor
Illustrator Goin' Someplace Special illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, written by Patricia McKissack
John Steptoe
New Talent      
Illustrator: Freedom Summer illustrated by Jerome Lagarrigue, written by Deborah Wiles

 

2001                                                          
Author Miracle's Boys written by Jacqueline Woodson
Illustrator Uptown written and illustrated by Bryan Collier
John Steptoe
New Talent      
No award presented.

 

2000                                                          
Author Bud, Not Buddy written by Christopher Paul Curtis
Illustrator In the Time of the Drums illustrated by Brian Pinkney, written by Kim L. Siegelson
John Steptoe
New Talent      
No award presented.

 

1999                                                          
Author Heaven written by Angela Johnson
Illustrator I See the Rhythm illustrated by Michele Wood, written by Toyomi Igus
John Steptoe
New Talent       

Author: The Skin I'm In written by Sharon Flake

Illustrator: The Piano Man illustrated by Eric Velasquez, written by Debbie Chocolate

 

1998                                                          
Author Forged by Fire written by Sharon M. Draper
Illustrator In Daddy's Arms I am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers illustrated by Javaka Steptoe, written by Alan Schroeder
John Steptoe
New Talent        
No award presented.

 

1997                                                          
Author Slam written by Walter Dean Myers
Illustrator Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, written by Alan Schroeder
John Steptoe
New Talentt       
Author: Another Way to Dance written by Martha Southgate

 

1996                                                          
Author Her Stories written by Virginia Hamilton, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon
Illustrator The Middle Passage: White Ships Black Cargo illustrated by Tom Feelings
John Steptoe
New Talent        
No award presented.

 

1995                                                          
Author Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters written by Patricia C. & Frederick L. McKissack
Illustrator The Creation illustrated by James Ransome, written by James Weldon Johnson
John Steptoe
New Talent       
Author: Tears of a Tiger written by Sharon Draper

 

1994                                                          
Author Toning the Sweep written by Angela Johnson
Illustrator Soul Looks Back in Wonder illustrated by Tom Feelings

 

1993                                                          
Author The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural written by Patricia C. McKissack, illustrated by Brian Pinkney
Illustrator The Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth illustrated by Kathleen Atkins Wilson, retold by David A. Anderson

 

1992                                                          
Author Now is Your Time: The African American Struggle for Freedom written by Walter Dean Myers
Illustrator Tar Beach illustrated by Faith Ringgold

 

1991                                                          
Author The Road to Memphis written by Mildred D. Taylor
Illustrator Aida illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon, written by Leontyne Price

 

1990                                                          
Author A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter written by Patricia C. and Frederick L. McKissack
Illustrator Nathaniel Talking illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist, written by Eloise Greenfield

 

1989                                                          
Author Fallen Angels written by Walter Dean Myers
Illustrator Mirandy and Brother Wind illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, written by Patricia McKissack

 

1988                                                          
Author The Friendship written by Mildred L. Taylor
Illustrator Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale illustrated by John Steptoe

 

1987                                                          
Author Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World written by Mildred Pitts Walter, illustrated by Catherine Stock
Illustrator Half a Moon and One Whole Star illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, written by Crescent Dragonwagon

 

1986                                                          
Author The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales written by Virginia Hamilton, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon
Illustrator The Patchwork Quilt illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, written by Valerie Flournoy

 

1985                                                          
Author Motown and Didi written by Walter Dean Myers
Illustrator No award presented.

 

1984                                                          
Author Everett Anderson's Goodbye written by Lucille Clifton, illustrated by Ann Grifalconi
Illustrator My Mama Needs Me illustrated by Pat Cummings, written by Mildred Pitts Walter

 

1983                                                          
Author Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush written by Virginia Hamilton
Illustrator Black Child photographed and written by Peter Magubane

 

1982                                                          
Author Let the Circle Be Unbroken written by Mildred D. Taylor
Illustrator Mother Crocodile: An Uncle Amadou Tale from Senegal illustrated by John Steptoe, written by Rosa Guy

 

1981                                                          
Author This Life written by Sidney Poitier
Illustrator Beat the Story Drum, Pum-Pum illustrated by Ashley Bryan

 

1980                                                          
Author The Young Landlords written by Walter Dean Myers
Illustrator Cornrows illustrated by Carole Byard, written by Camille Yarbrough

 

1979                                                          
Author Escape to Freedom written by Ossie Davis
Illustrator Something on My Mind illustrated by Tom Feelings, written by Nikki Grimes

 

1978                                                          
Author Africa Dream written by Eloise Greenfield, illustrated by Carole Byard
Illustrator Africa Dream illustrated by Carole Byard, written by Eloise Greenfield

 

1977                                                          
Author The Story of Stevie Wonder written by James Haskins
Illustrator No award presented.

 

1976                                                          
Author Duey's Tale written by Pearl Bailey
Illustrator No award presented.

 

1975                                                          
Author The Legend of Africania written by Dorothy Robinson
Illustrator No award presented.

 

1974                                                          
Author Ray Charles written by Sharon Bell Mathis, illustrated by George Ford
Illustrator Ray Charles illustrated by George Ford, written by Sharon Bell Mathis

 

1973                                                          
Author I Never Had it Made: The Autobiography of Jackie Robinson written by Jackie Robinson and Alfred Duckett

 

1972                                                          
Author 17 Black Artists written by Elton C. Fax

 

1971                                                          
Author Black Troubadour: Langston Hughes written by Charlemae Rollins

 

1970                                                          
Author Martin Luther King, Jr.: Man of Peace written by Lillie Patterson

 

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