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Coretta Scott King Awards

According to the American Library Association, the award is given to an "African American author and an African American illustrator for an outstandingly inspirational and educational contribution. The books promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream. The Award is further designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood."
2016 Author Award: Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia

Honor Books:
  • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
  • The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
  • X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon

2015 Author Award: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Honor Books:
  • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  • How I Discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson
  • How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

2015 Illustrator Award: Firebird. Illustrated by Christopher Myers; text by Misty Copeland

Honor Books:
  • Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker. Illustrated by Christian Robinson: text by Patricia Hruby Powell
  • Little Melba and Her Big Trombone. Illustrated by Frank Morrison; text by Katheryn Russell-Brown
 

2014 Author Award: P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia

Honor Books:
  • Darius & Twig by Walter Dean Myers
  • Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes

2014 Illustrator Award: Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me. Illustrated by Bryan Collier; text by Daniel Beaty

Honor Book:
  •  Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson
 

2013 Author Award: Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Andrea Pinkney; illustrated by Brian Pinkney

Honor Books: 
  • Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson; illustrated by E. B. Lewis
  • No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

2013 Illustrator Award: I, Too, Am America. Illustrated by Bryan Collier; text by Langston Hughes

Honor Book:
  •  Ellen's Broom. Illustrated by Daniel Minter; text by Kelly Starling Lyons
 
 
2012 Author Award: Heart and Soul: The Story of Amercia and African Americans by Kadir Nelson

Honor Books:
  • The Great Migration: The Journey to the North by Eloise Greenfield
  • Never Forgotten by Patricia C. McKissack
 
2012 Illustrator Award: Underground by Shane W. Evans

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

2011 Author Award: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Honor Books:
  • Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers
  • Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • Yummy: The Last Days of Southside Shorty by G. Neri; illustrated by Randy DuBurke

2011 Illustrator Award: Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave. Illustrated by Brian Collier; text by Laban Carrick Hill

Honor Book:
  • Jimi Sounds Like a Rainbow: The Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix. Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe; text by Gary Golio
 
 
2010 Author Award: Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshallby Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Honor Book:
  • Mare's War by Tanita Davis

2010 Illustrator Award: My People. Illustrated by Charles R. Smith Jr.; text by Langston Hughes

Honor Book:
  • The Negro Speaks of Rivers. Illustrated by E.B. Lewis; text by Langston Hughes
 
 
2009 Author Award: We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson

Honor Books:
  • Keeping the Night Watch by Hope Anita Smith
  • The Blacker the Berry by Joyce Carol Thomas
  • Becoming Billie Holiday by Carole Boston Weatherford

2009 Illustrator Award: The Blacker the Berry. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper; text by Joyce Carol Thomas
 

2008 Author Award: Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

Honor Books:
  • November Blues by Sharon M. Draper
  • Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali by Charles R. Smith Jr.

2008 Illustrator Award: Let it Shine by Ashley Bryan


2007 Author Award: Copper Sun by Sharon Draper

Honor Book:
  • The Road to Paris by Nikki Grimes

2007 Illustrator Award: Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson; text by Carole Boston Weatherford
 

2006 Author Award: Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue by Julius Lester

Honor Books:
  • Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl by Tonya Bolden
  • Dark Sons by Nikki Grimes
  • A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson

2006 Illustrator Award: Rosa. Illustrated by Bryan Collier; text by Nikki Giovanni
 

2005 Author Award: Remember: The Journey to School Integration by Toni Morrison

Honor Books:
  • The Legend of Buddy Bush by Shelia P. Moses
  • Who Am I Without Him?: Short Stories about Girls and the Boys in Their Lives by Sharon G. Flake
  • Fortune’s Bones: The Manumission Requiem by Marilyn Nelson

2005 Illustrator Award: Ellington Was Not a Street. Illustrated by Kadir A. Nelson; text by Ntozake Shange

Honor Books:
  • God Bless the Child Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; text by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog Jr.
  • The People Could Fly: The Picture Book. Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon; text by Virginia Hamilton
 
 
2004 Author Award: The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
 
2004 Illustrator Award: Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan
 
 
2003 Author Award: Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes
 
2003 Illustrator Award: Talkin' about Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman. Illustrated by E. B. Lewis; text by Nikki Grimes
 
 
2002 Author Award: The Land by Mildred D. Taylor
 
2002 Illustrator Award: Goin' Someplace Special. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; text by Patricia McKissack
 
 
 
2001 Author Award: Miracle's Boys by Jacqueline Woodson
 
2001 Illustrator Award: Uptown by Bryan Collier
 
 
 
2000 Author Award: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
 
2000 Illustrator Award: In the Time of the Drums. Illustrated by Brian Pinkney; text by Kim L. Siegelson
 
 
 
1999 Author Award: Heaven by Angela Johnson
 
1999 Illustrator Award: I See the Rhythm. Illustrated by Michele Wood; text by Toyomi Igus

 
 
1998 Author Award: Forged by Fire by Sharon Mills Draper
 
1998 Illustrator Award: In Daddy's Arms I am Tall.  Illustrated by Alan Schroeder; text by Jakava Steptoe
 
 
 
1997 Author Award: Slam! by Walter Dean Myers
 
1997 Illustrator Award: Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; 
text by Alan Schroeder
 
 
 
1996 Author Award: Her Stories by Virginia Hamilton
 
1996 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. and Frederick L. McKissack.
 
1995 Illustrator Award: The Creation. Illustrated by James E. Ransome; text by James Weldon Johnson
 
 
 
1994 Author Award: Toning the Sweep by Angela Johnson
 
1994 Illustrator Award: Soul Looks Back in Wonder by Tom Feelings



1993 Author Award: Southern Tales of the Supernatural by Patricia C. McKissack

1993 Illustrator Award: The Origin of Life on Earth by Kathleen Atkins Wilson

 
 
1992 Author Award: Now Is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for Freedom by Walter Dean Myers
 
1992 Illustrator Award: Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

 
 
1991 Author Award: Road to Memphis by Mildred D. Taylor
 
1991 Illustrator Award: Aïda. Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon; text by Leontyne Price
 
 
 
1990 Author Award: A Long Hard Journey by Patricia C. and Frederick L. McKissack
 
1990 Illustrator Award: Nathaniel Talking. Illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist; text by Eloise Greenfield
 
 
 
1989 Author Award: Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
 
1989 Illustrator Award: Mirandy and Brother Wind. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; text by Patricia McKissack
 
 
 
1988 Author Award: The Friendship by Mildred D. Taylor
 
1988 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
 
1987 Illustrator Award: Half Moon and One Whole Star. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; text by Crescent Dragonwagon

 
 
1986 Author Award: The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales by Virginia Hamilton
 
1986 Illustrator Award: Patchwork Quilt. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; text by Valerie Flournoy
 
 
 
1985 Author Award: Motown and Didi by Walter Dean Myers
 
1985 Illustrator Award: No award given.
 
 
 
1984 Author Award: Evertt Anderson's Good-Bye by Lucille Clifton
 
1984 Illustrator Award: My Mama Needs Me. Illustrated by Pat Cummings; text by Mildred Pitts Walter
 
 
 
1983 Author Award: Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush by Virginia Hamilton
 
1983 Illustrator Award: Black Child by Peter Mugabane
 
 
 
1982 Author Award: Let the Circle Be Unbroken by Mildred D. Taylor
 
1982 Illustrator Award: Mother Crocodile: An Uncle Amadou Tale from Senegal. Illustrated by John Steptoe; text by Rosa Guy
 
 
 
1981 Author Award: This Life by Sidney Poitier
 
1981 Illustrator Award: Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum by Ashley Bryan

 
 
1980 Author Award: The Young Landlords by Walter Dean Myers
 
1980 Illustrator AwardCornrows. Illustrated by Carole Bayard; text by Camille Yarbrough
 
 
 
1979 Author Award: Escape to Freedom by Ossie Davis
 
1979 Illustrator Award: Something on My Mind. Illustrated by Tom Feelings; text by Nikki Grimes
 
 
 
1978 Author Award: Africa Dream by Eloise Greenfield
 
1978 Illustrator Award: Africa Dream. Illustrated by Carole Bayard; text by Eloise Greenfield
 
 
 
1977 Author Award: The Story of Stevie Wonder by James Haskins
 
1977 Illustrator Award: No award given.
 
 
 
1976 Author Award: Duey's Tale by Pearl Bailey
 
1976 Illustrator Award: No award given.
 
 
 
1975 Author Award: The Legend of Africana by Dorothy Robinson
 
1975 Illustrator Award: No award given.
 
 
 
1974 Author Award: Ray Charles by Sharon Bell Mathis
 
1974 Illustrator Award: Ray Charles by George Ford

 
 
1973 Author Award: I Never Had It Made by Jackie Robinson as told to Alfred Duckett
 
 
1972 Author Award: 17 Black Artists by Elton C. Fax
 

1971 Author Award: Black Troubador: Langston Hughes by Charlemae H. Rollins
 
 
1970 Author Award: Martin Luther King, Jr.: Man of Peace by Lillie Patterson