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Coretta Scott King Award Winners

The Coretta Scott King Award is presented annually by the Coretta Scott King Task Force of the American Library Association's Social Responsibilities Round Table. Recipients are authors and illustrators of African descent whose distinguished books promote an understanding and appreciation of the "American Dream." Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Award for Narration

2012 Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans. Written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson. Y973 NE
2011 One Crazy Summer. By Rita Williams-Garcia. Y Williams-Garcia
2010 Bad News for Outlaws. Written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. J921 Reeves
2009 We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball . Written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson. Y796.357 NE
2008 Elijah of Buxton. By Christopher Paul Curtis. Y Curtis
2007 Copper Son. WPL does not own.
2006 Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue. By Julius Lester. Y Lester
2005 Remember: The Journey to School Integration. By Toni Morrison. J323.1 MO
2004 The First Part Last. By Angela Johnson. Y Johnson
2003 Bronx Masquerade. By Nikki Grimes. Loft
2002 The Land. By Mildred D. Taylor. Y Taylor
2001 Miracle's Boys. By Jacqueline Woodson. Y Woodson
2000 Bud, Not Buddy. By Christopher Paul Curtis. J or Y Curtis
1999 Heaven. By Angela Johnson. Y Johnson
1998 Forged by Fire. By Sharon M. Draper Y Draper
1997 Slam!. By Walter Dean Myers. Y Myers
1996 Her Stroies: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales. By Virginia Hamilton. J398.2 HA
1995 Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters. By Patricia C. and Fredrick L. McKissack. J975 McK
1994 Toning the Sweep. By Angela Johnson. Y Johnson
1993 Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural. By Patricia C. McKissack. J McKissack
1992 Now Is Your Time!: The African American Struggle for Freedom. By Walter Dean Myers. Y973 MY
1991 The Road to Memphis. By Mildred D. Taylor. Y Taylor
1990 A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter. By Patricia C. and Fredrick L. McKissack. Y331.88 McK
1989 Fallen Angels. By Walter Dean Myers. F Myers
1988 The Friendship. By Mildred D. Taylor. J Taylor
1987 Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World. By Mildred Pitts Walter. J Walter
1986 The People Could Help: American Black Folktales. By Virginia Hamilton. J398.2 Hamilton
1985 Motown and Didi: A Love Story. By Walter Dean Myers. WPL does not own.
1984 Everett Anderson's Goodbye. By Lucille Clifton. PT JE CL
1983 Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush. By Virginia Hamilton. Y Hamilton
1982 Let the Circle Be Unbroken. By Mildred D. Taylor Y Taylor
1981 This Life. By Sidney Poitier. 921 P756p
1980 The Young Landlords. By Walter Dean Myers. Y Myers
1979 Escape to Freedom: A Play About Young Frederick Douglass. By Ossie Davis. Y812 DA
1978 Africa Dream. By Eloise Greenfield. WPL does not own.
1977 The Story of Stevie Wonder. By James Haskins. 1977
1976 Duey's Tale. By Pearl Bailey. WPL does not own.
1975 The Legend of Africana. By Dorothy Robinson. Not in system.
1974 Ray Charles. By Sharon Bell Mathis. J921 Charles
1973 I Never Had It Made. By Jackie Robinson, as told to Alfred Duckett. 921 R562r
1972 Seventeen Black Artists. By Elton C. Fax. WPL does not own.
1971 Black Troubadour: Langston Hughes. By Charlemae Rollins. WPL does not own.
1970 Martin Luther King, Jr.: Man of Peace. By Lillie Patterson. WPL does not own.

Award for Illustration

2012 Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom. Written and illustrated by Shane W. Evans. JE Evans
2011 Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave. Illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick Hill. JE921 Dave
2010 My People. Illustrated by Charles R. Smith, Jr., text by Langston Hughes. JE Hughes
2009 The Blacker the Berry: Poems. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper; written by Joyce Carol Thomas. J811 TH
2008 Let It Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals. Illustrated by Ashley Bryan. J782.25 LE
2007 Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom . Illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Carole Boston Weatherford. JE Weatherford
2006 Rosa. Illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Nikki Giovanni. J323.1 GI
2005 Ellington Was Not a Street. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Ntozake Shange. JE Shange
2004 Beautiful Blackbird. Written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan. J398.2 BR
2003 Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman. Illustrated by E.B. Lewis, written by Nikki Grimes. J921 Coleman
2002 Goin' Someplace Special. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, written by Patricia C. McKissack. JE McKissack
2001 Uptown. Written and illustrated by Bryan Collier. JE Collier
2000 In the Time of the Drums. Illustrated by Brian Pinkney, written by Kim L. Siegelson. J Siegelson
1999 I See the Rhythm. Illustrated by Michele Wood, written by Toyomi Igus. Y780 IG
1998 In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers. Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe, written by various authors. J811 IN
1997 Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, written by Alan Schroeder. JE Schroeder
1996 The Middle Passage: White Ships / Black Cargo. Written and illustrated by Tom Feelings. Y759.13 FE
1995 The Creation. Illustrated by James Ransome, written by James Weldon Johnson. JE Creation
1994 Soul Looks Back in Wonder. Written and illustrated by Tom Feelings. J811 SO
1993 The Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth. Illustrated by Kathleen Atkins Wilson, written by David A. Anderson. WPL does not own.
1992 Tar Beach. Written and illustrated by Faith Ringgold. JE Ringgold
1991 Aïda. Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon, as told by Leontyne Price. J782.1 PR
1990 Nathaniel Talking. Illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist, written by Eloise Greenfield. J811 GR
1989 Mirandy and Brother Wind. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, written by Patricia C. McKissack. JE McKissack
1988 Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale. Illustrated by John Steptoe. JE Steptoe
1987 Half a Moon and One Whole Star. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, written by Crescent Dragonwagon. JE Dragonwagon
1986 The Patchwork Quilt. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, written by Valerie Flournoy. JE Flournoy
1984 My Mama Needs Me. Illustrated by Pat Cummings, written by Mildred Pitts Walter. JE Walter
1983 Black Child. Written and illustrated by Peter Mugabane. WPL does not own.
1982 Mother Crocodile = Maman-Caïman. Illustrated by John Steptoe, written by Birago Diop. WPL does not own.
1981 Beat the Story Drum, Pum-Pum. Written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan. J398.2 Bryan
1980 Cornrows. Illustrated by Carol Byard, written by Camille Yarbrough. WPL does not own.
1979 Something on My Mind. Written and illustrated by Tom Feelings. WPL does not own.
1978 Africa Dream. Illustrated by Carole Bayard, written by Eloise Greenfield. WPL does not own.
1974 Ray Charles. Illustrated by George Ford, written by Sharon Bell Mathis. J921 Charles
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