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Coretta Scott King Award 

 

 

 

What is the Coretta Scott King Award?

The Coretta Scott King Award is presented to authors and illustrators of African American descent whose works promote an understanding and appreciation of the "true worth and value of all beings."  

 

 

Who decides the winner?

The American Library Association's Social Responsibilities Round Table appoints a seven member task force called the Coretta Scott King Task Force. The task force considers books that have been published in the year preceding the award.

 

 

When did the award begin?

At the 1969 ALA Conference, two school librarians (Glydon Flynt Greer and Mabel McKissick) lamented the lack of minority recognition in the existing awards to publisher John M. Carroll, who challenged them to create a new award. The award began in 1970.  Illustrators were first honored in 1974.  In 1980, Glyndon Flynt Greer arranged to have the award sponsored by the American Library Association.  The New Talent Award was added in 1995 to garner public attention for new African American authors.    

 

 

Why is it called the Coretta Scott King Award?

The Coretta Scott King Award dommemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and honors his widow, Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination in continuing the work for peace and world brotherhood.  

 

 

What does the award look like?

Lev Mills, internationally known artist residing in Atlanta, GA, designed the seal to reflect the work and philosophy of Dr. King.  In the center of the seal is an African American child reading a book.  Below him are the symbols of the five religions (Islam, Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism) that represent non-sectarianism.  Above the child is a dove representing peace.  Around the circle, the words "peace," "non-violent social change," and "brotherhood" represent the philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr.  The seal's original color was bronze. Now it contains both bronze and black elements.  A pewter and black seal is given to the honor books.  Winners also receive a framed citation, an honorarium of $250. and set of either the Encyclopedia Britannica or World Book.  Honorable Mention recipients are given a certificate. 

 

 

 

YEAR AUTHOR TITLE   (Curriculum Lab Call Number)
2007 Draper, Sharon COPPER SUN   (YP  D766co)
     (NT)  Jones, Traci L. STANDING AGAINST THE WIND   (YP  J79st)
  Grimes, Nikki ROAD TO PARIS   (YP  G862ro)
illustrator Nelson, Kadir MOSES: WHEN HARRIET TUBMAN LED HER PEOPLE TO FREEDOM
  Myers, Christopher JAZZ
  Andrews, Benny POETRY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE: LANGSTON HUGHES
     
2006 Lester, Julius DAY OF TEARS: A NOVEL IN DIALOGUE  (YP L642da)
      (NT) Adoff, Jaime JIMI & ME  (YP A239ju)
  Bolden, Tonya MARITCHA: A NINETEENTH-CENTURY AMERICAN GIRL  (YP 974.71 B687ma)
  Grimes, Nikki DARK SONS   (YP  G862da)
  Nelson, Marilyn A WREATH FOR EMMETT TILL  (J 811.54 N428wr)
illustrator Collier, Bryan ROSA  (J  92  R252gi)
  Christie, R. Gregory BROTHERS IN HOPE: THE STORY OF THE LOST BOYS OF SUDAN  (J W725br)
     
2005 Morrison, Toni REMEMBER: THE JOURNEY TO SCHOOL INTEGRATION (J 379.263 M882re)
     (NT) Hathoway, Barbara MISSY, VIOLET AND ME   (J H363mi)
  Moses, Shelia P. LEGEND OF BUDDY BUSH  (YP M911le)
  Flake, Sharon WHO AM I WITHOUT HIM   (YP F567wh)
  Nelson, Marilyn FORTUNE'S BONES: THE MANUMISSION REQUIEM  (YP 811.54 N428fo)
illustrator Nelson, Kadir ELLINGTON WAS NOT A STREET  (JPB Shange)
illustrator (NT) Morrison, Frank JAZZY MIZ MOZETTA  (JPB Roberts)
  Pinkney, Jerry GOD BLESS THE CHILD   (JPB Herzog)
  Dillon, Leo and Diane THE PEOPLE COULD FLY  (J 398.2 H221pe)
   

 

 
2004 Johnson, Angela FIRST PART LAST  (YP J66fi)
     (NT) Smith, Hope Anita WAY A DOOR CLOSES
  McKissack, Patricia & Frederick DAYS OF JUBILEE  (YP 973.7 M158da)
  Woodson, Jacqueline LOCOMOTION
  Draper, Sharon BATTLE OF JERICHO
illustrator Bryan, Ashley BEAUTIFUL BLACKBIRD  (J 398.2 B915be)
illustrator (NT) Brown, Elbrite MY FAMILY PLAYS MUSIC
  Bootman, Colin ALMOST TO FREEDOM  (J N431al)
  Nelson, Kadir THUNDER ROSE  (JPB Nolen)
   

 

 
2003 Grimes, Nikki BRONX MASQUERADE  (YP G862br)
      (NT) McDonald, Janet CHILL WIND
Grimes, Nikki TALKIN' ABOUT BESSIE: THE STORY OF AVIATOR ELIZABETH COLEMAN
Woods, Brenda RED ROSE BOX
illustrator Lewis, E.B. TALKIN' ABOUT BESSIE: THE STORY OF AVIATOR ELIZABETH COLEMAN
illustrator (NT) DuBurke, Randy MOON RING
Dillon, Leo & Diane RAP A TAP TAP: HERE'S BOJANGLES--THINK OF THAT
Collier, Bryan VISITING LANGSTON
 

 

2002 Taylor, Mildred D. THE LAND (YP T244la)
      (NT) Wiles, Deborah FREEDOM SUMMER
Flake, Sharon G. MONEY HUNGRY (YP F576mo)
Nelson, Marilyn CARVER: A LIFE IN POEMS
illustrator Pinkney, Jerry GOIN' SOMEPLACE SPECIAL
illustrator Collier, Bryan MARTIN'S BIG WORDS: THE LIFE OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. (J 92 K53ra)
 

 

2001 Woodson. Jacqueline MIRACLE'S BOYS (YP W895mi)
Pinkney, Andrea Davis LET IT SHINE!: STORIES OF BLACK WOMEN FREEDOM FIGHTERS (YP 970.72 P655le)
illustrator Collier, Bryan UPTOWN (JPB Collier)
 

 

2000 Curtis, Christopher Paul BUD, NOT BUDDY (YP C978bu)
English, Karen FRANCIE (YP E58fr)
McKissack, Patricia C. & McKissack, Frederick L. BLACK HANDS, WHITE SAILS (YP 639.28 M151bl)
Myers, Walter Dean MONSTER (YP M996mn)
illustrator Pinkney, J. Brian IN THE TIME OF THE DRUMS (J S571in)
 

 

1999 Johnson, Angela HEAVEN (YP J66he)
(NT) Flake, Sharon G. THE SKIN I'M IN
Grimes, Nikki JAZMIN'S NOTEBOOK
Hansen, Joyce & McGowan, Gary                                 BREAKING GROUND, BREAKING SILENCE: THE STORY OF NEW YORK'S AFRICAN BURIAL GROUND (YP 305.5 H249br)
Johnson, Angela THE OTHER SIDE: SHORTER POEMS
illustrator Wood, Michele I SEE THE RHYTHM
 

 

1998 Draper, Sharon M. FORGED BY FIRE (YP D766fo)
Hansen, Joyce I THOUGHT MY SOUL WOULD RISE AND FLY: THE DIARY OF PATSY, A FREED GIRL
Haskins, James BAYARD RUSTIN: BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT (YP 92 R971ha)
illustrator Steptoe, Javaka IN DADDY'S ARMS I AM TALL: AFRICAN AMERICANS CELEBRATING FATHERS  (J 811.008 I35)
 

 

1997 Myers, Walter Dean SLAM! (YP M996sl)
McKissack, Patricia C. & McKissack, Fredrick L. REBELS AGAINST SLAVER: AMERICAN SLAVE REVOLTS (YP 306.62 M158re)
(NT) Southgate, Martha ANOTHER WAY TO DANCE

illustrator

Pinkney, Jerry MINTY: A STORY OF YOUNG HARRIET TUBMAN (J 92 T885sc)
 

 

1996 Hamilton, Virginia HER STORIES: AFRICAN AMERICAN FOLKTALES, FAIRY TALES & TRUE TALES (YP 398.2 H221he)
Curtis, Christopher Paul THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM-1963 (YP C978wa)
Williams-Garcia, Rita LIKE SISTERS ON THE HOMEFRONT (YP W726li)
Woodson, Jacqueline FROM THE NOTEBOOKS OF MELANIN SUN
illustrator Feelings, Tom MIDDLE PASSAGE: WHITE SHIPS BLACK CARGO (Stack 4 ND237 F32 A4 1995)
 

 

1995 McKissack, Patricia C. & McKissack, Fredrick L. CHRISTMAS IN THE BIG HOUSE, CHRISTMAS IN QUARTERS
(NT) Draper, Sharon TEARS OF A TIGER
Hansen, Joyce THE CAPTIVE
McKissack, Patricia C. & McKissack, Fredrick Jr. BLACK DIAMOND: THE STORY OF THE NEGRO BASEBALL LEAGUES (GV875 Ai M35 1994..located on stack 3)
Woodson, Jacqueline I HADN'T MEANT TO TELL YOU THIS (YP W895i)
illustrator Ransome, James E. CREATION
 

 

1994 Johnson, Angela TONING THE SWEEP (J J66to)
Myers, Walter Dean MALCOLM X: BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY (YP 92 X1my)
Thomas, Joyce Carol BROWN HONEY IN BROOMWHEAT TEA (JPB Thomas)
illustrator Feelings, Tom SOUL LOOKS BACK IN WONDER (J 811.508 S722)
 

 

1993 McKissack, Patricia C. THE DARK-THIRTY: SOUTHERN TALES OF THE SUPERNATURAL (J 398.25 M158da)
McKissack, Patrica C & McKissack, Fredrick L. SOJOURNER TRUTH: AIN'T I A WOMAN? (YP 92 T874mc)
Myers, Walter Dean SOMEWHERE IN THE DARKNESS (YP M966so)
Walter, Mildred Pitts MISSISSIPPI CHALLENGE (YP 305.896 W233mi)
illustrator Wilson, Kathleen Atkins ORIGIN OF LIFE ON EARTH: AN AFRICAN CREATION MYTH                (J 398.21 A546or)
 

 

1992 Myers, Walter Dean NOW IS YOUR TIME! THE AFRICAN- AMERICAN STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM  (YP 973.0496 M966no)
Greenfield, Eloise NIGHT ON NEIGHBORHOOD STREET (J 811.54 G812ni)
illustrator Ringgold, Faith TAR BEACH (JPB Ringgold)
 

 

1991 Taylor, Mildred D. THE ROAD TO MEMPHIS (YP T244ro)
Haskins, James BLACK DANCE IN AMERICA: A HISTORY THROUGH ITS PEOPLE (YP 792.8089 H351bl)
Johnson, Angela WHEN I AM OLD WITH YOU (JPB Johnson)
illustrator Dillon, Leo & Diane AIDA
 

 

1990 McKissack, Patricia C. & McKissack, Fredrick L. A LONG HARD JOURNEY: THE STORY OF THE PULLMAN PORTER
Greenfield, Eloise NATHANIEL TALKING (JPB Greenfield)
Hamilton, Virginia THE BELLS OF CHRISTMAS (J H222be)
Patterson, Lillie MARTIN LUTHER KING JR., & THE FREEDOM MOVEMENT (J 92 K53p)
illustrator Gilchrist, Jan Spivey NATHANIEL TALKING  (JPB Greenfield)
 

 

1989 Myers, Walter Dean FALLEN ANGELS (YP M996fa)
Berry, James A THIEF IN THE VILLAGE & OTHER STORIES
Hamilton, Virginia ANTHONY BURNS: THE DEFEAT & TRIUMPH OF A FUGITIVE SLAVE (J 92 B967ha)
illustrator Pinkney, Jerry MIRANDY AND BROTHER WIND  (JPB McKissack)
 

 

1988 Taylor, Mildred D. THE FRIENDSHIP (J T244fr)
De Veaux, Alexis AN ENCHANTED HAIR TALE (JPB De Veaux)
Lester, Julius THE TALES OF UNCLE REMUS: THE ADVENTURES OF BRER RABBIT (J 398.2 L642ta)
illustrator Steptoe, John MUFARO'S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS  (JPB Steptoe & VCR M949)
 

 

1987 Walter, Mildred Pitts JUSTIN & THE BEST BISCUITS IN THE WORLD (J W233ju)
Bryan, Ashley LION & THE OSTRICH CHICKS & OTHER AFRICAN TALES (J 398.2 B915li)
Hansen, Joyce WHICH WAY FREEDOM? (J H571wh)
illustrator Pinkney, Jerry HALF A MOON & ONE WHOLE STAR  (JPB Dragonwagon)
 

 

1986 Hamilton, Virginia THE PEOPLE COULD FLY: AMERICAN BLACK FOLKTALES (J 398.2 H221pe)
Hamilton, Virginia JUNIUS OVER FAR
Walter, Mildred Pitts TROUBLE'S CHILD
illustrator Pinkney, Jerry PATCHWORK QUILT  (JBP Flournoy)
 

 

1985 Myers, Walter Dean MOTOWN & DIDI: A LOVE STORY
Boyd, Candy Dawson CIRCLE OF GOLD
Hamilton, Virginia A LITTLE LOVE
 

 

1984 Clifton, Lucille EVERETT ANDERSON'S GOODBYE (JPB Clifton)
Hamilton, Virginia THE MAGICAL ADVENTURES OF PRETTY PEARL (YP H221ma)
Haskins, James LENA HORNE
King, Coretta Scott THE WORDS OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Thomas, Joyce Carol BRIGHT SHADOW
Walter, Mildred Pitts BECAUSE WE ARE
illustrator Cummings, Pat MY MAMA NEEDS ME
 

 

1983 Hamilton, Virginia SWEET WHISPERS, BROTHER RUSH (YP H221s)
Lester, Julius THIS STRANGE NEW FEELING (YP L642th)
illustrator Magubane, Peter BLACK CHILD
 

 

1982 Taylor, Mildred D. LET THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN (YP T244le)
Childress, Alice RAINBOW JORDAN  (YP C536ra)
Hunter, Kristin LOU IN THE LIMELIGHT
Mebane, Mary E. MARY (YP M485ma)
illustrator Steptoe, John MOTHER CROCODILE: AN UNCLE AMADOU TALE FROM SENEGAL
 

 

1981 Poitier, Sidney THIS LIFE
De Veaux, Alexis DON'T EXPLAIN: A SONG OF BILLIE HOLIDAY
illustrator Bryan, Ashley BEAT THE STORY DURM, PUM-PUM  (J 398.2 B369)
 

 

1980 Myers, Walter Dean THE YOUNG LANDLORDS
Gordy, Berry Sr. MOVIN' UP: POP GORDY TELLS HIS STORY
Greenfield, Eloise & Little, Lessie Jones CHILDTIMES: A THREE GENERATION MEMOIR (J 920.0092 G812)
Haskins, James ANDREW YOUNG: MAN WITH A MISSION
Haskins, Jim JAMES VANDERZEE: THE PICTURE TAKIN' MAN
Southerland, Ellease LET THE LION EAT STRAW
illustrator Byard, Carole CORNROWS
 

 

1979 Davis, Ossie ESCAPE TO FREEDOM: A PLAY ABOUT YOUNG FREDERICK DOUGLASS
Fenner, Carol THE SKATES OF UNCLE RICHARD
Hamilton, Virginia JUSTICE & HER BROTHERS
Patterson, Lillie BENJAMIN BANNEKER: GENIUS OF EARLY AMERICA (J 92 B219p)
Peterson, Jeanne Whitehouse I HAVE A SISTER, MY SISTER IS DEAF (J 362.7842 P485i)
illustrator Feelings, Tom SOMETHING ON MY MIND  (J 811.54 F295s)
 

 

1978 Greenfield, Eloise AFRICAN DREAM
Faulkner, William J. THE DAYS WHEN THE ANIMALS TALKED: BLACK AMERICAN FOLKTALES & HOW THEY CAME TO BE
Glass, Frankcina MARVIN & TIGE
Greenfield, Eloise MARY McCLEOD BETHUNE
Haskins, James BARBARA JORDAN
Patterson, Lillie CORETTA SCOTT KING
illustrator Byard, Carole AFRICAN DREAM
 

 

1977 Haskins, James THE STORY OF STEVIE WONDER
Blake, Clarence N. & Martin, Donald F. QUIZ BOOK ON BLACK AMERICA
Clifton, Lucille EVERETT ANDERSON'S FRIEND
Taylor, Mildred D. ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY (J T244ro)
 

 

1976 Bailey, Pearl DUEY'S TALE
Graham, Shirley JULIUS K. NYERERE: TEACHER OF AFRICA
Greenfield, Eloise PAUL ROBESON
Myers, Walter Dean FAST SAM, COOL CLYDE & STUFF (YP M996f1)
Taylor, Mildred D. SONG OF THE TREES
 

 

1975 Robinson, Dorothy THE LEGEND OF AFRICANIA (J R659l)
 

 

1974 Mathis, Sharon Bell RAY CHARLES
Cildress, Alice A HERO AIN'T NOTHIN' BUT A SANDWICH (YP C536h)
Clifton, Lucille DON'T YOU REMEMBER?
Crane, Louise MS. AFRICA: PROFILES OF MODERN AFRICAN WOMEN
Hunter, Kristin GUESTS IN THE PROMISED LAND
Nagenda, John MUKASA
illustrator Ford, George RAY CHARLES
 

 

1973 Duckett, Alfred I NEVER HAD IT MADE
 

 

1972 Fax, Elton C. SEVENTEEN BLACK ARTISTS
 

 

1971 Rollins, Charlemae BLACK TROUBADOUR: LANGSTON HUGHES
Angelou, Maya I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS (YP 92 A584i)
Chisholm, Shirley UNBOUGHT & UNBOSSED
Evans, Mari I AM A BLACK WOMAN (PS 35555 V22 I2...located on stack 5)
Graham, Lorenz EVERY MAN HEART LAY DOWN
Grossman, Barney & Groom, Gladys BLACK MEANS.... (JPB Grossman)
Jordan, June & Bush, Terri THE VOICE OF THE CHILDREN (YP 811.5408 J82v)
Peters, Margaret EBONY BOOK OF BLACK ACHIEVEMENT
Udry, Janice May MARY JO'S GRANDMOTHER
 

 

1970 Patterson, Lillie MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.: MAN OF PEACE

 

 

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