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John Steptoe Award for New Talent


The award is established to affirm new talent and to offer visibility to excellence in writing and/or illustration which otherwise might be formally unacknowledged within a given year within the structure of the two awards given annually by the Coretta Scott King Task Force. These books affirm new talent and offer visibility to excellence in writing or illustration at the beginning of a career as a published book creator. The criteria for eligibility will be the same as those for the Coretta Scott King writing and illustration awards, with the exception that the winner(s)' published works cannot exceed three in number.
For more information see: John Steptoe Award for New Talent



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Year Category Title Author/Illustrator
2017 Author Award Winner The Sun Is Also a Star Nicola Yoon
2016 Author Award Winner Hoodoo Ronald L. Smith
  Illustrator Award Winner Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement Illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Carole Boston Weatherford
2015 Author Award Winner When I Was the Greatest Jason Reynolds
2014 Illustrator Award Winner When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop Theodore Taylor III
2013   No Award Presented  
2012   No Award Presented  
2011 Author Award Winner Zora and Me Victoria Bond
  Illustrator Award Winner Seeds of Change Illustrated by Sonia Lynn Sadler, written by Jen Cullerton Johnson
2010 Author Award Winner The Rock and the River Kekla Magoon
2009 Illustrator Award Winner Bird illustrated by Shadra Strickland, written by Zetta Elliott
2008 Author Award Winner Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything in It Sundee T. Frazier
2007 Author Award Winner Standing Against the Wind Traci L. Jones
2006 Author Award Winner Jimi & Me Jaime Adoff
2005 Author Award Winner Missy Violet and Me Barbara Hathaway
  Illustrator Award Winner Jazzy Miz Mozetta illustrated by Frank Morrison, written by Brenda C. Roberts
2004 Author Award Winner The Way a Door Closes Hope Anita Smith
  Illustrator Award Winner My Family Plays Music illustrated by Elbrite Brown, written by Judy Cox
2003 Author Award Winner Chill Wind Janet McDonald
  Illustrator Award Winner The Moon Ring Randy DuBurke
2002 Illustrator Award Winner Freedom Summer illustrated by Jerome Lagarrigue; written by Deborah Wiles
2001   No award presented  
2000   No award presented  
1999 Author Award Winner The Skin I'm In Sharon Flake
  Illustrator Award Winner The Piano Man illustrated by Eric Velasquez; written by Debbie Chocolate
1998   No award presented  
1997 Author Award Winner Another Way to Dance Martha Southgate
1996 Author Award Winner No award presented  
1995 Author Award Winner Tears of a Tiger Sharon Draper