Coretta Scott King award

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The Coretta Scott King Award honours African-American authors and illustrators for outstanding contributions to children’s and young adult literature that promotes understanding and appreciation of the culture and contribution of all people to the realisation of the American Dream. It is awarded by the American Library Association.

2018

Author

Piecing me together Renée Watson

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Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets Ekua Holmes

2017

Author

March: Book Three John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

Illustrator

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

2016

Author

Gone Crazy in Alabama Rita Williams-Garcia

Illustrator

Trombone Shorty Bryan Collier

2015

Book cover of Brown Girl DreamingAuthor

Brown girl dreaming Jacqueline Woodson

Illustrator

Firebird Christopher Myers

2014

Author

P.S. Be eleven Rita Williams-Garcia

Illustrator

Knock knock: my dad's dream for me Bryan Collier

2013

Book cover of I too am AmericaAuthor

Hand in hand: ten black men who changed America Andrea Davis Pinkney

Illustrator

I, too, am America Bryan Collier, text by Langston Hughes

2012

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Heart and soul: the story of America and African AmericansCover: Heart and Soul Kadir Nelson

Illustrator

Underground: finding the light to freedom Shane W. Evans

2011

Author

One crazy summer Rita Williams-Garcia

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Dave the potter: artist, poet, slave Bryan Collier, text by Laban Carrick Hill

2010

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Bad news for outlaws: the remarkable life of Bass Reeves, Deputy US Marshall Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

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My people Charles R. Smith, Jr

2009

Author

We are the ship: the story of Negro League baseball Kadir Nelson

Illustrator

The blacker the berry Floyd Cooper

2008

Author

Elijah of Buxton Christopher Paul Curtis

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Let it shine Ashley Bryan

2007

Cover: Copper SunAuthor

Copper sun Sharon Draper

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Moses: when Harriet Tubman led her people to freedom Kadir Nelson; text by Carole Boston Weatherford

2006

Author

Day of tears: a novel in dialogue Julius Lester

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Rosa Bryan Collier, text by Nikki Giovanni

2005

Author

Remember: the journey to school integration Toni Morrison

Illustrator

Ellington was not a street Kadir A. Nelson; text by Ntozake Shange

2004

Cover: First part lastAuthor

The first part last Angela Johnson

Illustrator

Beautiful blackbird Ashley Bryan

2003

Author

Bronx masquerade Nikki Grimes

Illustrator

Talkin’ about Bessie: the story of aviator Elizabeth Coleman E. B. Lewis

2002

Author

The land Mildred D. Taylor

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Goin’ someplace special Jerry Pinkney; text by Patricia McKissack

2001

Author

Miracle’s boys Jacqueline Woodson

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Uptown Bryan Collier

2000

Author

Bud, not Buliy Christopher Paul Curtis

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In the time of the drums Brian Pinkney; text by Kim L. Siegelson

1999

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Heaven Angela Johnson

Illustrator

I see the rhythm Michele Wood; text by Toyomi Igus

1998

Author

Forged by fire Sharon M. Draper

Illustrator

In Daliy’s arms I am tall: African Americans celebrating fathers Javaka Steptoe; text by Alan Schroeder

1997

Author

Slam Walter Dean Myers

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Minty: a story of young Harriet Tubman Jerry Pinkney; text by Alan Schroeder

1996

Author

Her stories Virginia Hamilton

Illustrator

The Midule Passage: white ships black cargo Tom Feelings

1995

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Christmas in the big house, Christmas in the quarters Patricia C. & Frederick L. McKissack

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The creation James Ransome; text by James Weldon Johnson

1994

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Toning the sweep A. Johnson

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Soul looks back in wonder T. Feelings

1993

Author

Dark thirty Patricia McKissack

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Origin of life on Earth K. A. Wilson

1992

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Now is your time: the African American struggle for freedom Walter Dean Myers

Illustrator

Tar Beach Faith Ringgold

1991

Author

Road to Memphis Mildred D. Taylor

Illustrator

Aida Leo & Diane Dillon; text by Leontyne Price

1990

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A long hard journey: the story of the Pullman porter Patricia & Frederick McKissack

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Nathaniel talking Jan Spivey Gilchrist; text by Eloise Greenfield

1989

Fallen angelsAuthor

Fallen angels Walter Dean Myers

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Mirandy and Brother Wind Jerry Pinkney; text by Patricia McKissack

1988

Author

The friendship Mildred D. Taylor

Illustrator

Mufaro’s beautiful daughters: an African tale John Steptoe

1987

Author

Justin and the best biscuits in the world Mildred Pitts Walter

Illustrator

Half a moon and one whole star Jerry Pinkney; text by Crescent Dragonwagon

1986

Author

The people could fly: American Black folktales Virginia Hamilton

Illustrator

The patchwork quilt Jerry Pinkney; text by Valerie Flournoy

1985

Author

Motown and Didi Walter Dean Myers

Illustrator

No award

1984

Author

Everett Anderson’s good-bye Lucille Clifton

Illustrator

My Mama needs me Pat Cummings; text by Mildred Pitts Walter

1983

Author

Sweet whispers, Brother Rush Virginia Hamilton

Illustrator

Black child Peter Magubane

1982

Author

Let the circle be unbroken Mildred D. Taylor

Illustrator

Mother Crocodile: An Uncle Amadou tale from Senegal John Steptoe; text by Rosa Guy

1981

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This life Sidney Poitier

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Beat the story drum, Pum-Pum Ashley Bryan

1980

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The young landlords Walter Dean Myers

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Cornrows Carole Bayard; text by Camille Yarborough

1979

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Escape to freedom: a play about young Frederick Douglass Ossie Davis

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Something on my mind Tom Feelings; text by Nikki Grimes

1978

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Africa dream Eloise Greenfield

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Africa dream Carole Bayard; text by Eloise Greenfield

1977

Author

The story of Stevie Wonder James Haskins

Illustrator

No award

1976

Author

Duey’s tale Pearl Bailey

Illustrator

No award

1975

Author

The Legend of Africania Dorothy Robinson

Illustrator

No award

1974

Author

Ray Charles Sharon Bell Mathis

Illustrator

Ray Charles George Ford; text by Sharon Bell Mathis

1973

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I never had it made: the autobiography of Jackie Robinson Alfred Duckett

1972

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17 Black Artists Elton C. Fax

1971

Author

Black troubadour: Langston Hughes Charlemae Rollins

1970

Author

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., man of peace Lillie Patterson

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