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Coretta Scott King Book Award


Given to African American authors and illustrators for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions, the Coretta Scott King Book Award titles promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream.

The award is 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.

For more information see: The Coretta Scott King Book Awards



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Year Category Title Author or Illustrator
2017 Author Award Winner March: Book Three John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
  Illustrator Award Winner Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat Javaka Steptoe
  Author Honor Books As Brave as You Jason Reynolds
    Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life Ashley Bryan
  Illustrator Honor Books Freedom in Congo Square R. Gregory Christie
    Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life Ashley Bryan
    In Plain Sight Jerry Pinkney
2016 Author Award Winner Gone Crazy in Alabama Rita Williams-Garcia
  Illustrator Award Winner Trombone Shorty Bryan Collier
  Author Honor Books All American Boys Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
    The Boy in the Black Suit Jason Reynolds
    X: A Novel Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon
  Illustrator Honor Books The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlemís Greatest Bookstore R. Gregory Christie
    Last Stop on Market Street Christian Robinson
2015 Author Award Winner Brown Girl Dreaming Jacqueline Woodson
  Illustrator Award Winner Firebird Christopher Myers
  Author Honor Books The Crossover Kwame Alexander
    How I Discovered Poetry Marilyn Nelson, illustrated by Hadley Hooper
    How It Went Down Kekla Magoon
  Illustrator Honor Books Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker Christian Robinson written by Patricia Hruby Powell
    Little Melba and Her Big Trombone Frank Morrison, written by Katheryn Russell-Brown
2014 Author Award Winner P.S. Be Eleven Rita Williams-Garcia
  Illustrator Award Winner Knock Knock: My Dadís Dream for Me Bryan Collier
  Author Honor Books March John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
    Darius & Twig Walter Dean Myers
    Words with Wings Nikki Grimes
  Illustrator Honor Books Nelson Mandela Kadir Nelson
2013 Author Award Winner Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America Andrea Davis Pinkney
  Illustrator Award Winner I, Too, Am American Bryan Collier
  Author Honor Books Each Kindness Jacqueline Woodson
    No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Micheaux Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
  Illustrator Honor Books Ellen's Broom Daniel Minter
    H.O.R.S.E. Christopher Myers
    I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr. Kadir Nelson
2012 Author Award Winner Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans Kadir Nelson
  Illustrator Award Winner Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom Shane W. Evans
  Author Honor Books The Great Migration: Journey to the North Eloise Greenfield
    Never Forgotten Patricia C. McKissack
  Illustrator Honor Books Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans Kadir Nelson
  Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement   Ashley Bryan
2011 Author Award Winner One Crazy Summer Rita Williams-Garcia
  Illustrator Award Winner Dave the Potter Bryan Collier
  Author Honor Books Lockdown Walter Dean Myers
    Ninth Ward Jewell Parker Rhodes
    Yummy G. Neri
  Illustrator Honor Books Jimi Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix Javaka Steptoe
2010 Author Award Winner Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
  Illustrator Award Winner My People Charles S. Smith, Jr.
  Author Honor Books Mare's War Tanita S. Davis
  Illustrator Honor Books The Negro Speaks of Rivers E.B. Lewis
2009 Author Award Winner We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball Kadir Nelson
  Illustrator Award Winner The Blacker the Berry Floyd Cooper
  Author Honor Books Keeping the Night Watch Hope Anita Smith
    The Blacker the Berry Joyce Carol Thomas
    Becoming Billie Holiday Carole Boston Weatherford
  Illustrator Honor Books We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball Kadir Nelson
    The Moon Over Star Jerry Pinkney
    Before John Was a Jazz Giant Sean Qualls
2008 Author Award Winner Elijah of Buxton Christopher Paul Curtis
  Illustrator Award Winner Let it Shine Ashley Bryan
  Author Honor Books November Blues Sharon M. Draper
    Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali Charles R. Smith Jr., illustrated by Bryan Collier
  Illustrator Honor Books The Secret Olivia Told Me Nancy Devard, Illustrator
N. Joy, Author
    Jazz on a Saturday Night Leo and Diane Dillon
2007 Author Award Winner Copper Sun Sharon Draper
  Illustrator Award Winner Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom Kadir Nelson, Illustrator
Carole Boston Weatherford, Author
  Author Honor Books The Road to Paris Nikki Grimes
  Illustrator Honor Books Jazz Christopher Myers, Illustrator
Walter Dean Myers, Author
    Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes Benny Andrews, Illustrator
David Roessel and Arnold Rampersad, editors
2006 Author Award Winner Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue Julius Lester
  Author Honor Books Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl Tonya Bolden
    Dark Sons Nikki Grimes
    A Wreath for Emmett Till Marilyn Nelson, Author
Philippe Lardy, Illustrator
  Illustrator Award Winner Rosa Nikki Giovanni, Author
Bryan Collier, Illustrator
  Illustrator Honor Books Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan R. Gregory Christie, Author
R. Gregory Christie, Illustrator
2005 Author Award Winner Remember: The Journey to School Integration Toni Morrison
  Author Honor Books 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 Book Ellington Was Not a Street Kadir A. Nelson, Illustrator
Ntozake Shange, Author
  Illustrator 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 Winner The First Part Last Angela Johnson
  Author Honor Books Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States Patricia C. and Fredrick L. McKissack
    Locomotion Jacqueline Woodson
    The Battle of Jericho Sharon Draper
  Illustrator Award Book Beautiful Blackbird Ashley Bryan
  Illustrator Honor Books Almost to Freedom illustrated by Colin Bootman; text by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
    Thunder Rose illustrated by Kadir Nelson; text byJerdine Nolen
2003 Author Award Winner Bronx Masquerade Nikki Grimes
  Author Honor Books The Red Rose Box Brenda Woods
    Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman Nikki Grimes
  Illustrator Award Winner Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman illustrated by E. B. Lewis; text by Nikki Grimes
  Illustrator Honor Books Rap a Tap Tap: Here's Bojangles-Think of That illustrated and written by Leo and Diane Dillion
    Visiting Langston illustrated by Bryan Collier; text by Willie Perdomo
2002 Author Award Winner The Land Mildred Taylor
  Author Honor Books Money-Hungry Sharon G. Flake
    Carver: A Life in Poems Marilyn Nelson
  Illustrator Award Winner Goin' Someplace Special illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; text by Patricia McKissack
  Illustrator Honor Books Martin's Big Words illustrated by Bryan Collier; text by Doreen Rappoport
2001 Author Award Winner Miracle's Boys Jacqueline Woodson
  Author Honor Books Let It Shine! Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Stephen Alcorn
  Illustrator Award Winner Uptown Bryan Collier
  Illustrator Honor Books Freedom River illustrated by Bryan Collier; text by Doreen Rapport
    Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth illustrated by R. Gregory Christie; text by Anne Rockwell
    Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys illustrated by E.B. Lewis; text by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard
2000 Author Award Winner Bud, Not Buddy Christopher Paul Curtis
  Author Honor Books Francie Karen English
    Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalers Patricia C. and Frederick L. McKissack
    Monster Walter Dean Myers
  Illustrator Award Winner In the Time of the Drums illustrated by Brian Pinkney; text by Kim L. Siegelson
  Illustrator Honor Books My Rows and Piles of Coins illustrated by E. B. Lewis; text by Tololwa M. Mollel
    Black Cat Christopher Myers
1999 Author Award Winner Heaven Angela Johnson
  Author Honor Books Jazmin's Notebook Nikki Grimes
    Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence: The Story of New York's African Burial Ground Joyce Hansen and Gary McGowan
    The Other Side: Shorter Poems Angela Johnson
  Illustrator Award Winner i see the rhythm illustrated by Michele Wood; text by Toyomi Igus
  Illustrator Honor Books I Have Heard of a Land illustrated by Floyd Cooper; text by Joyce Carol Thomas
    The Bat Boy and His Violin illustrated by E. B. Lewis; text by Gavin Curtis
    Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra illustrated by Brian Pinkney; text by Andrea Davis Pinkney
1998 Author Award Winner Forged by Fire Sharon M. Draper
  Author Honor Books 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 Winner In Daddy's Arms I am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers illustrated by Javaka Steptoe; text by Alan Schroeder
  Illustrator Honor Books Ashley Bryan's ABC of African American Poetry Ashley Bryan
    Harlem illustrated by Christopher Myers; text by Walter Dean Myers
    The Hunterman and the Crocodile Baba Wagu, Diakit,
1997 Author Award Winner Slam Walter Dean Myers
  Author Honor Books Rebels Against Slavery: American Slave Revolts Patricia C. & Frederick L. McKissack
  Illustrator Award Winner Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; text by Alan Schroeder
  Illustrator Honor Books The Palm of My Heart: Poetry by African American Children illustrated by Gregorie Christie; edited by Davida Adedjouma
    Running the Road to ABC illustrated by Reynold Ruffins; text by Denize Lauture
    Neeny Coming, Neeny Going illustrated by Synthia Saint James; text byKaren English
1996 Author Award Winner Her Stories Virginia Hamilton
  Author Honor Books 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 Winner The Middle Passage: White Ships Black Cargo Tom Feelings
  Illustrator Honor Books Her Stories illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon; text by Virginia Hamilton
    The Faithful Friend illustrated by Brian Pinkney; text by Robert San Souci
1995 Author Award Winner Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters Patricia C. & Frederick L. McKissack
  Author Honor Books The Captive Joyce Hansen
    I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This Jacqueline Woodson
    Black Diamond: The Story of the Negro Baseball League Patricia C. & Frederick L. McKissack
  Illustrator Award Winner The Creation illustrated by James Ransome; text by James Weldon Johnson
  Illustrator Honor Books The Singing Man illustrated by Terea Shaffer; text by Angela Shelf Medearis
    Meet Danitra Brown illustrated by Floyd Cooper; text by Nikki Grimes
1994 Author Award Winner Toning the Sweep Angela Johnson
  Author Honor Books Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea Joyce Carol Thomas; illustrated by Floyd Cooper
    Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary Walter Dean Myers
  Illustrator Award Winner Soul Looks Back in Wonder illustrated by Tom Feelings; edited by Phyllis Fogelman
  Illustrator Honor Books Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea illustrated by Floyd Cooper; text by Joyce Carol Thomas
    Uncle Jed's Barbershop illustrated by James Ransome; text by Margaree King Mitchell
1993 Author Award Winner Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural Patricia A. McKissack
  Author Honor Books 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 Winner The Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth illustrated by Kathleen Atkins Wilson; retold by David A. Anderson/SANKOFA
  Illustrator Honor Books Little Eight John illustrated by Wil Clay; text by Jan Wahl
    Sukey and the Mermaid illustrated by Brian Pinkney; text by Robert San Souci
    Working Cotton illustrated by Carole Byard; text by Sherley Anne Williams
1992 Author Award Winner Now is Your Time: The African American Struggle for Freedom Walter Dean Myers
  Author Honor Books Night on Neighborhood Street Eloise Greenfield, illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist
  Illustrator Award Winner Tar Beach Faith Ringgold
  Illustrator Honor Books All Night, All Day: A Child's First Book of African American Spirituals illustrated and selected by Ashley Bryan
    Night on Neighborhood Street illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist; text by Eloise Greenfield
1991 Author Award Winner The Road to Memphis Mildred D. Taylor
  Author Honor Books Black Dance in America James Haskins
    When I Am Old with You Angela Johnson
  Illustrator Award Winner Aida illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon; text by Leontyne Price
1990 Author Award Winner A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter Patricia C. & Frederick L. McKissack
  Author Honor Books Nathaniel Talking Eloise Greenfield illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist
    The Bells of Christmas Virginia Hamilton
    Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Freedom Movement Lillie Patterson
  Illustrator Award Winner Nathaniel Talking illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist; text by Eloise Greenfield
  Illustrator Honor Books The Talking Eggs illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; text by Robert San Souci
1989 Author Award Winner Fallen Angels Walter Dean Myers
  Author Honor Books A Thief in the Village and Other Stories James Berry
    Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave Virginia Hamilton
  Illustrator Award Winner Mirandy and Brother Wind illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; text by Patricia McKissack
  Illustrator Honor Books Under the Sunday Tree illustrated by Amos Ferguson; text by Eloise Greenfield
    Storm in the Night illustrated by Pat Cummings; text by Mary Stolz
1988 Author Award Winner The Friendship Mildred L. Taylor
  Author Honor Books An Enchanted Hair Tale Alexis De Veaux
    The Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit Julius Lester
  Illustrator Award Winner Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale John Steptoe
  Illustrator Honor Books What a Morning! The Christmas Story in Black Spirituals illustrated by Ashley Bryan; selected by John Langstaff
    The Invisible Hunters: A Legend from the Miskito Indians of Nicaragua illustrated by JoeSam.; compiled by Harriet Rohmer, et al
1987 Author Award Winner Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World Mildred Pitts Walter
  Author Honor Books Lion and the Ostrich Chicks and Other African Folk Tales Ashley Bryan
    Which Way Freedom Joyce Hansen
  Illustrator Award Winner Half a Moon and One Whole Star illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; text by Crescent Dragonwagon
  Illustrator Honor Books Lion and the Ostrich Chicks and Other African Folk Tales Ashley Bryan
    C.L.O.U.D.S. Pat Cummings
1986 Author Award Winner The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales Virginia Hamilton; illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon
  Author Honor Books Junius Over Far Virginia Hamilton
    Trouble's Child Mildred Pitts Walter
  Illustrator Award Winner The Patchwork Quilt illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; text by Valerie Flournoy
  Illustrator Honor Books The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon; text by Virginia Hamilton
1985 Author Award Winner Motown and Didi Walter Dean Myers
  Author Honor Books Circle of Gold Candy Dawson Boyd
    A Little Love Virginia Hamilton
  Illustrator Award Winner No award  
1984 Author Award Winner Everett Anderson's Goodbye Lucille Clifton
  Special Citation The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr. compiled by Coretta Scott King
  Author Honor Books 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 Winner My Mama Needs Me illustrated by Pat Cummings; text by Mildred Pitts Walter
1983 Author Award Winner Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush Virginia Hamilton
  Author Honor Books This Strange New Feeling Julius Lester
  Illustrator Award Winner Black Child Peter Mugabane
  Illustrator Honor Books All the Colors of the Race illustrated by John Steptoe; text by Arnold Adoff
    I'm Going to Sing: Black American Spirituals illustrated by Ashley Bryan
    Just Us Women illustrated by Pat Cummings; text by Jeanette Caines
1982 Author Award Winner Let the Circle Be Unbroken Mildred D. Taylor
  Author Honor Books Rainbow Jordan Alice Childress
    Lou in the Limelight Kristin Hunter
    Mary: An Autobiography Mary E. Mebane
  Illustrator Award Winner Mother Crocodile: An Uncle Amadou Tale from Sengal illustrated by John Steptoe; text by Rosa Guy
  Illustrator Honor Books Daydreamers illustrated by Tom Feelings; text by Eloise Greenfield
1981 Author Award Winner This Life Sidney Poitier
  Author Honor Books Don't Explain: A Song of Billie Holiday Alexis De Veaux
  Illustrator Award Winner Beat the Story Drum, Pum-Pum Ashley Bryan
  Illustrator Honor Books Grandmama's Joy illustrated by Carole Byard; text by Eloise Greenfield
    Count on Your Fingers African Style illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; text by Claudia Zaslavsky
1980 Author Award Winner The Young Landlords Walter Dean Myers
  Author Honor Books Movin' Up Berry Gordy
    Childtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir Eloise Greenfield and Lessie Jones Little
    Andrew 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 Winner Cornrows illustrated by Carole Byard; text by Camille Yarbrough
1979 Author Award Winner Escape to Freedom Ossie Davis
  Author Honor Books 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 Winner Something on My Mind illustrated by Tom Feelings; text by Nikki Grimes
1978 Author Award Winner Africa Dream Eloise Greenfield, illustrated by Carole Bayard
  Author Honor Books The Days When the Animals Talked: Black Folk Tales and How They Came to Be William J. Faulkner
    Marvin and Tige Frankcina Glass
    Mary McLeod 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 Winner Africa Dream illustrated by Carole Bayard; text by Eloise Greenfield
1977 Author Award Winner The Story of Stevie Wonder James Haskins
  Illustrator Award Winner No award  
1976 Author Award Winner Duey's Tale Pearl Bailey
  Illustrator Award Winner No award  
1975 Author Award Winner The Legend of Africana Dorothy Robinson
  Illustrator Award Winner No award  
1974 Author Award Winner Ray Charles Sharon Bell Mathis; illustrated by George Ford
  Illustrator Award Winner Ray Charles illustrated by George Ford; text by Sharon Bell Mathis
1973*   I Never Had It Made: The Autobiography of Jackie Robinson as told to Alfred Duckett
1972   17 Black Artists Elton C. Fax
1971   Black Troubadour: Langston Hughes Charlemae Rollins
1970   Martin Luther King, Jr.: Man of Peace Lillie Patterson

  * Note: Prior to 1974, the CSK Award was given to authors only