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Coretta Scott King Award Winners

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Coretta Scott King Awards, first presented in 1970, are given to "authors and illustrators of African descent
whose distinguished books promote an understanding and appreciation of the 'American Dream.'" (ALA: Coretta Scott King Book Awards)

two categories are awarded - Author and Illustrator
* indicates winning title

Author Award
* Brown Girl Dreaming - Jacqueline Woodson
The Crossover - Kwame Alexander
How I Discovered Poetry - Marilyn Nelson
How It Went Down - Kekla Magoon
Illustrator Award
* Firebird: Ballerina Misty Copeland Shows a Young Girl How to Dance Like the Firebird - Christopher Myers, illus. Misty Copeland, text
Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker - Christian Robinson, illus. Patricia Hruby Powell, text
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone - Frank Morrison, illus. Katheryn Russell-Brown, text

Author Award
* P.S. Be Eleven - Rita Williams-Garcia
March: Book One - John Lewis & Andrew Aydin
Darius & Twig - Walter Dean Myers
Words with Wings - Nikki Grimes
Illustrator Award
* Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me - Bryan Collier, illus. Daniel Beaty, text
Nelson Mandela - Kadir Nelson

Author Award
* Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America - Andrea Davis Pinkney
Each Kindness - Jacqueline Woodson
No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller - Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Illustrator Award
* I, Too, Am America - Bryan Collier, illus. Langston Hughes, text
Ellen's Broom - Daniel Minter, illus. Kelly Starling Lyons, text
H.O.R.S.E. - Christopher Myers
I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr. - Kadir Nelson, illus. Martin Luther King, Jr., text

Author Award
* Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans - Kadir Nelson
The Great Migration: Journey to the North - Eloise Greenfield
Never Forgotten - Patricia C. McKissack
Illustrator Award
* Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom - Shane W. Evans
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans - Kadir Nelson

Author Award
* One Crazy Summer - Rita Williams-Garcia
Lockdown - Walter Dean Myers
Ninth Ward - Jewell Parker Rhodes
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty - G. Neri
Illustrator Award
* Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave - Bryan Collier, illus. Laban Carrick Hill, text
Jimi Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix - Javaka Steptoe, illus. Gary Golio, text

Author Award
* Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal - Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Mare's War - Tanita S. Davis
Illustrator Award
* My People - Charles R. Smith, Jr., illus. Langston Hughes, text
The Negro Speaks of Rivers - E.B. Lewis, illus. Langston Hughes, text

Author Award
* We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball - Kadir Nelson
Keeping the Night Watch - Hope Anita Smith
The Blacker the Berry - Joyce Carol Thomas
Becoming Billie Holiday - Carole Boston Weatherford
Illustrator Award
* The Blacker the Berry - Floyd Cooper, illus. Joyce Carol Thomas, text
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball - Kadir Nelson
The Moon Over Star - Jerry Pinkney, illus. Dianna Hutts Aston, text
Before John Was a Jazz Giant - Sean Qualls, illus. Carole Boston Weatherford, text

Author Award
* Elijah of Buxton - Christopher Paul Curtis
November Blues - Sharon M. Draper
Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali - Charles R. Smith, Jr.
Illustrator Award
* Let It Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals - Ashley Bryan
The Secret Olivia Told Me - Nancy Devard, illus. N. Joy, text
Jazz On a Saturday Night - Leo & Diane Dillon

Author Award
* Copper Sun - Sharon Draper
The Road to Paris - Nikki Grimes
Illustrator Award
* Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom - Kadir Nelson, illus. Carole Boston Weatherford, text
Jazz - Christopher Myers, illus. Walter Dean Myers, text
Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes - Benny Andrews, illus. David Roessel & Arnold Rampersad, editors

Author Award
* Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue - Julius Lester
Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl - Tonya Bolden
Dark Sons - Nikki Grimes
A Wreath for Emmett Till - Marilyn Nelson
Illustrator Award
* Rosa - Brian Collier, illus. Nikki Giovanni, text
Brothers In Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan - R. Gregory Christie, illus. Mary Williams, text

Author Award
* Remember: The Journey to School Integration - Toni Morrison
The Legend of Buddy Bush - Shelia P. Moses
Who Am I Without Him? Short Stories About Girls and the Boys in Their Lives - Sharon G. Flake
Fortune's Bones: The Manumission Requiem - Marilyn Nelson
Illustrator Award
* Ellington Was Not a Street - Kadir A. Nelson, illus. Ntozake Shange, text
God Bless the Child - Jerry Pinkney, illus. Billie Holiday & Arthur Herzog, Jr., text
The People Could Fly: The Picture Book - Leo & Diane Dillon, illus. Virginia Hamilton, text

Author Award
* The First Part Last - Angela Johnson
The Battle of Jericho - Sharon Draper
Locomotion - Jacqueline Woodson
Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States - Patricia McKissack & Fredrick McKissack
Illustrator Award
* Beautiful Blackbird - Ashley Bryan
Almost to Freedom - Colin Bootman, illus. Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, text
Thunder Rose - Kadir Nelson, illus. Jerdine Nolen, text

Author Award
* Bronx Masquerade - Nikki Grimes
The Red Rose Box - Brenda Woods
Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman - Nikki Grimes
Illustrator Award
* Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman - E.B. Lewis, illus. Nikki Grimes, text
Rap a Tap Tap: Here's Bojangles-Think of That - Leo & Diane Dillon
Visiting Langston - Bryan Collier, illus. Willie Perdomo, text

Author Award
* The Land - Mildred Taylor
Money-Hungry - Sharon G. Flake
Carver: A Life in Poems - Marilyn Nelson
Illustrator Award
* Goin' Someplace Special - Jerry Pinkney, illus. Patricia McKissack, text
Martin's Big Words - Bryan Collier, illus. Doreen Rappoport, text

Author Award
* Miracle's Boys - Jacqueline Woodson
Let It Shine! Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters - Andrea Davis Pinkney
Illustrator Award
* Uptown - Bryan Collier
Freedom River - Bryan Collier
Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth - R. Gregory Christie, illus. Anne Rockwell, text
Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys - E. B. Lewis, illus. Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard, text

Author Award
* Bud, Not Buddy - Christopher Paul Curtis
Francie - Karen English
Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalers - Patricia C. & Frederick L. McKissack
Monster - Walter Dean Myers
Illustrator Award
* In the Time of the Drums - Brian Pinkney, illus. Kim L. Siegelson, text
My Rows and Piles of Coins - E.B. Lewis, illus. Tololwa M. Mollel, text
Black Cat - Christopher Myers

Author Award
* Heaven - Angela Johnson
Jazmin's Notebook - Nikki Grimes
Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence: The Story of New York's African Burial Ground - Joyce Hansen & Gary McGowan
The Other Side: Shorter Poems - Angela Johnson
Illustrator Award
* i see the rhythm - Michele Wood, illus. Toyomi Igus, text
I Have Heard of a Land - Floyd Cooper, illus. Joyce Carol Thomas, text
The Bat Boy and His Violin - E.B. Lewis, illus. Gavin Curtis, text
Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and the Orchestra - Brian Pinkney, illus. Andrea Davis Pinkney, text

Author Award
* Forged by Fire - Sharon M. Draper
Bayard Rustin: Behind the Scenes of the Civil Rights Movement - James Haskins
I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl - Joyce Hansen
Illustrator Award
* In Daddy's Arms I am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers - Javaka Steptoe, illus. Alan Schroeder, text
Ashley Bryan's ABC of African American Poetry - Ashley Bryan
Harlem - Christopher Myers, illus. Walter Dean Myers, text
The Hunterman and the Crocodile - Baba Wagué Diakité

Author Award
* Slam - Walter Dean Myers
Rebels Against Slaver: American Slave Revolts - Patricia C. & Frederick L. McKissack
Illustrator Award
* Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman - Jerry Pinkney, illus. Alan Schroeder, text
The Palm of My Heart: Poetry by African American Children - Gregorie Christie, illus. Davida Adedjouma, text editor
Running the Road to ABC - Reynold Ruffins, illus. Denize Lauture, text
Neeny Coming, Neeny Going - Synthia Saint James, illus. Karen English, text

Author Award
* Her Stories - Virginia Hamilton
The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 - Christopher Paul Curtis
Like Sisters on the Homefront - Rita Williams-Garcia
From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun - Jacqueline Woodson
Illustrator Award
* The Middle Passage: White Ships Black Cargo - Tom Feelings
Her Stories - Leo & Diane Dillon, illus. Virginia Hamilton, text
The Faithful Friend - Brian Pinkney, illus. Robert D. San Souci, text

Author Award
* Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters - Patricia C. & Frederick L. McKissack
The Captive - Joyce Hansen
I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This - Jacqueline Woodson
Black Diamond: The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues - Patricia C. & Frederick L. McKissack
Illustrator Award
* The Creation - James Ransome, illus. James Weldon Johnson, text
The Singing Man - Terea Shaffer, illus. Angela Shelf Medearis, text
Meet Danitra Brown - Floyd Cooper, illus. Nikki Grimes, text

Author Award
* Toning the Sweep - Angela Johnson
Brown Honey in Broom Wheat Tea - Joyce Carol Thomas
Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary - Walter Dean Myers
Illustrator Award
* Soul Looks Back in Wonder - Tom Feelings, illus. Phyllis Fogelman, text editor
Brown Honey in Broom Wheat Tea - Floyd Cooper, illus. Joyce Carol Thomas, text
Uncle Jed's Barbershop - James Ransome, illus. Margaree King Mitchell, text

Author Award
* Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural - Patricia McKissack
Mississippi Challenge - Mildred Pitts Walter
Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman? - Patricia C. & Frederick L. McKissack
Somewhere in the Darkness - Walter Dean Myers
Illustrator Award
* The Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth - Kathleen Atkins Wilson, illus. David A. Anderson, text
Little Eight John - Wil Clay, illus. Jan Wahl, text
Sukey and the Mermaid - Brian Pinkney, illus. Rober D. San Souci, text
Working Cotton - Carole Byard, illus. Sherley Anne Williams, text

Author Award
* Now Is Your Time: The African American Struggle for Freedom - Walter Dean Myers
Night on Neighborhood Street - Eloise Greenfield
Illustrator Award
* Tar Beach - Faith Ringgold
All Night, All Day: A Child's First Book of African American Spirituals - Ashley Bryan
Night on Neighborhood Street - Jan Spivey Gilchrist, illus. Eloise Greenfield, text

Author Award
* The Road to Memphis - Mildred D. Taylor
Black Dance in America - James Haskins
When I am Old With You - Angela Johnson
Illustrator Award
* Aida - Leo & Diane Dillon, illus. Leontyne Price, text

Author Award
* A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter - Patricia C. & Frederick L. McKissack
Nathaniel Talking - Eloise Greenfield
The Bells of Christmas - Virginia Hamilton
Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Freedom Movement - Lillie Patterson
Illustrator Award
* Nathaniel Talking - Jan Spivey Gilchrist, illus. Eloise Greenfield, text
The Talking Eggs - Jerry Pinkney, illus. Robert D. San Souci, text

Author Award
* Fallen Angels - Walter Dean Myers
A Thief in the Village and Other Stories - James Berry
Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave - Virginia Hamilton
Illustrator Award
* Mirandy and Brother Wind - Jerry Pinkney, illus. Patricia McKissack, text
Under the Sunday Tree - Amos Ferguson, illus. Eloise Greenfield, text
Storm in the Night - Pat Cummings, illus. Mary Stolz, text

Author Award
* The Friendship - Mildred D. Taylor
An Enchanted Hair Tale - Alexis De Veaux
The Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit - Julius Lester
Illustrator Award
* Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale - John Steptoe
What a Morning! The Christmas Story in Black Spirituals - Ashley Bryan, illus. (spirituals selected by John Langstaff)
The Invisible Hunters: A Legend from the Miskito Indians of Nicaragua - Joe Sam, illus. (text compiled by Harriet Rohmer)

Author Award
* Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World - Mildred Pitts Walter
Lion and the Ostrich Chicks and Other African Folk Tales - Ashley Bryan
Which Way Freedom - Joyce Hansen
Illustrator Award
* Half a Moon and One Whole Star - Jerry Pinkney, illus. Crescent Dragonwagon, text
Lion and the Ostrich Chicks and Other African Folk Tales - Ashley Bryan
C.L.O.U.D.S. - Pat Cummings

Author Award
* The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales - Virginia Hamilton
Junius Over Far - Virginia Hamilton
Trouble's Child - Mildred Pitts Walter
Illustrator Award
* The Patchwork Quilt - Jerry Pinkney, illus. Valerie Flournoy, text
The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales - Leo & Diane Dillon, illus. Virginia Hamilton, text

Author Award
* Motown and Didi - Walter Dean Myers
Circle of Gold - Candy Dawson Boyd
A Little Love - Virginia Hamilton
Illustrator Award
no award

Author Award
* Everett Anderson's Goodbye - Lucille Clifton
The Magical Adventures of Pretty Pearl - Virginia Hamilton
Lena Horne - James Haskins
Bright Shadow - Joyce Carol Thomas
Because We Are - Mildred Pitts Walter
Illustrator Award
* My Mama Needs Me - Pat Cummings, illus. Mildred Pitts Walter, text
Special Citation
* The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr. - Coretta Scott King, compiler

Author Award
* Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush - Virginia Hamilton
This Strange New Feeling - Julius Lester
Illustrator Award
* Black Child - Peter Mugabane
All the Colors of the Race - John Steptoe, illus. Arnold Adoff, text
I'm Going to Sing: Black American Spirituals - Ashley Bryan
Just Us Women - Pat Cummings, illus. Jeanette Caines, text

Author Award
* Let the Circle Be Unbroken - Mildred D. Taylor
Rainbow Jordan - Alice Childress
Lou In the Limelight - Kristin Hunter
Mary: An Autobiography - Mary E. Mebane
Illustrator Award
* Mother Crocodile: An Uncle Amadou Tale from Senegal - John Steptoe, illus. Rosa Guy, text
Daydreamers - Tom Feelings, illus. Eloise Greenfield, text

Author Award
* This Life - Sidney Poitier
Don't Explain: A Song of Billie Holiday - Alexis De Veaux
Illustrator Award
* Beat the Story Drum, Pum-Pum - Ashley Bryan
Grandmama's Joy - Carole Byard, illus. Eloise Greenfield, text
Count on Your Fingers African Style - Jerry Pinkney, illus. Claudia Zaslavsky, text

Author Award
* The Young Landlords - Walter Dean Myers
Movin' Up - Berry Gordy
Childtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir - Eloise Greenfield & Lessie Jones Little
Andrew Young: Young Man With a Mission - James Haskins
James Van Der Zee: The Picture Takin' Man - James Haskins
Let the Lion Eat Straw - Ellease Southerland
Illustrator Award
* Cornrows - Carole Byard, illus. Camille Yarborough, text

Author Award
* Escape to Freedom - Ossie Davis
Benjamin Banneker - Lillie Patterson
I Have a Sister, My Sister is Deaf - Jeanne W. Peterson
Justice and Her Brothers - Virginia Hamilton
Skates of Uncle Richard - Carol Fenner
Illustrator Award
* Something On My Mind - Tom Feelings, illus. Nikki Grimes, text

Author Award
* Africa Dream - Eloise Greenfield
The Days When the Animals Talked: Black Folk Tales and How They Came to Be - William J. Faulkner
Marvin and Tige - Frankcina Glass
Mary McCleod Bethune - Eloise Greenfield
Barbara Jordan - James Haskins
Coretta Scott King - Lillie Patterson
Portia: The Life of Portia Washington Pittman, the Daughter of Booker T. Washington - Ruth Ann Stewart
Illustrator Award
* Africa Dream - Carole Bayard, illus. Eloise Greenfield, text

Author Award
* The Story of Stevie Wonder - James Haskins
Illustrator Award
no award

Author Award
* Duey's Tale - Pearl Bailey
Illustrator Award
no award

Author Award
* The Legend of Africana - Dorothy Robinson
Illustrator Award
no award

Author Award
* Ray Charles - Sharon Bell Mathis
Illustrator Award
* Ray Charles - George Ford, illus. Sharon Bell Mathis, text

prior to 1974, the Coretta Scott King Award was given to authors only

* I Never Had It Made: The Autobiography of Jackie Robinson - Jackie Robinson as told to Alfred Duckett

* 17 Black Artists - Elton C. Fax

* Black Troubador: Langston Hughes - Charlemae Rollins

* Martin Luther King, Jr.: Man of Peace - Lillie Patterson

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