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Coretta Scott King Awards

                         

Coretta Scott King                

Book Award Recipients

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 of a pluralistic society. 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.

The bronze seal denotes a Coretta Scott King Book Award author or illustrator winner; the silver denotes an author or illustrator honoree; and the green seal denotes a John Steptoe Award for New Talent recipient.

2015

2015 Author Award Winner


The 2015 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Author Winner is given to Jacqueline Woodson, author of “brown girl dreaming.”
Published by Nancy Paulson Books, an imprint of Penguin Group, Penguin Group (USA) LLC, is an absorbing free verse memoir of a young girl growing up black and female in the 1960s and ‘70s full of arresting details and vivid imagery. Her choice of events and memories incorporate important historical events and her own evolution into the award-winning writer she has become.  From the time she was a child scribbling her name, Woodson told stories both true and not so true. After graduating from Adelphi University, she published her first book in 1990. Winner of many book awards, most recently the 2014 National Book Award Young People’s Literature, her published works range from picture books to young adult novels.

2015 Illustrator Award Winner

The 2015 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Illustrator Winner is given to Christopher Myers, illustrator of “Firebird."  Written by Misty Copeland and published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, Penguin Group USA, the illustrations of Myers depict the brilliant colorful world of the ballerina with its dancers on en pointe.  “ His illustrations have received numerous awards, including a Caldecott Honor, and four Coretta Scott King Honors. Meyers lives in Brooklyn, where, in addition to his illustrating children’s books, he is also a photographer and clothing designer.


2015 John Steptoe Award for New Talent

The 2015 John Steptoe Award for New Talent is given to Jason Reynolds, author of "When I Was the Greatest,” 

2015 Author Honor Books

“The Crossover” by Kwame Alexander and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

“How I Discovered Poetry” by Marilyn Nelson, illustrated by Hadley Hooper and published by Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.

“How It Went Down” by Kekla Magoon, and published by Henry Holt and Company, LLC.

2015 Illustrator Honor Books

“JOSEPHINE: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker” illustrated by Christian Robinson written by Patricia Hruby Powell and published by Chronicle Books LLC.

“Little Melba and Her Big Trombone” illustrated by Frank Morrison, written by Katheryn Russell-Brown and published by Lee and Low Books, Inc.

2015 Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement


Deborah D. Taylor, coordinator of School and Student Services, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, is the recipient of the 2015 Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Practitioner Award for Lifetime Achievement. 
“Deborah D. Taylor is an extraordinary youth librarian and literacy advocate.

2014

2014 Author Award Winner

Rita Williams-Garcia, author of P.S. Be Eleven” published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. In this spirited stand-alone sequel to “One Crazy Summer,

2014 Illustrator Award Winner

Bryan Collier, illustrator of “Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream For Me” illustrated by Bryan Collier and published by Little, Brown and Company, Hachette Book Group. 

 2014 John Steptoe Award for New Talent

Theodore Taylor III, illustrator of for “When The Beat Was Born" DJ Kool Herc and the creation of hip hop” written by Laban Carrick Hill and published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership                                                                  

2014 Author Honor

John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, authors of “March: Book One," illustrated by Nate Powell, and published by Top Shelf Productions 

Walter Dean Myers, authors of “Darius & Twig,” published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publisher

Nikki Grimes, author of “Words with Wings,” published by WordSong, an imprint of Highlights

 2014 Illustrator Honor

Kadir Nelson, illustrator and author of “Nelson Mandela,” published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

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2013

Author Award Winner

Andrea Davis Pinkney, author of Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America, published by Disney/Jump at the Sun Books, an imprint of Disney Book Group.

Illustrator Award Winner

Bryan Collier, illustrator of I, Too, Am America, published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division. 

 Author Honor

Jacqueline Woodson, author of Each Kindness, illustrated by E. B. Lewis, and published by Nancy Paulsen Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, author of No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Micheaux, Harlem Bookseller, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, and published by Carolrhoda Lab, an imprint of Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.

Illustrator Honor

 

Daniel Minter, illustrator of Ellen’s Broom, written by Kelly Starling Lyons, and published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group

Christopher Myers, illustrator and author of H. O. R. S. E., published by Egmont USA

Kadir Nelson, illustrator of I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr., written by Martin Luther King, Jr., and published by Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

No award presented

 Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

Demetria Tucker, Family and youth services librarian for the Pearl Bailey Library, a branch of the Newport News (Va.) Public Library System

 

2012

Author Award Winner

 

Kadir Nelson, author and illustrator of “Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans” (Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers). “Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans” is an extensive volume focusing on American history as it intertwines with the lives of African Americans. The story is told from the viewpoint of an elderly woman who shares her life story while highlighting pivotal historical events including abolition, the Great Migration, World War II, and the Civil Rights movement.

Illustrator Award Winner

 

Shane W. Evans, illustrator of “Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom” (A Neal Porter Book, published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership). Effective interplay of dark and light—dark blues and greens that represent fear and oppression; bright golds that signal the joy of freedom—characterizes this portrayal of a band of slaves’ nighttime escape. They run, rest, get help from others, and finally celebrate their hard-won liberation. 

Author Honor

Eloise Greenfield, “The Great Migration: Journey to the North,” illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist and published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Patricia C. McKissack, “Never Forgotten,” illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon and published by Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

 Illustrator Honor

 

Kadir Nelson, author and illustrator of "Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans,” published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

Ashley Bryan, storyteller, artist, author, poet, and musician whose numerous awards include the Coretta Scott King Book Award for "Let it Shine" and "Beautiful Blackbird."

 

2011

Author Award Winner

Rita Williams-Garcia, author of One Crazy Summer (Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers).  Eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters travel to Oakland, Calif. in 1968 to face the emotional challenge of reaching out to a distant mother and learn about a different side of the Civil Rights Movement. Themes of friendship, family and identity intertwine with broader social issues in this compelling historical novel.  

 Illustrator Award Winner

Bryan Collier, illustrator of Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, written by Laban Carrick Hill (Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.).  Dave, a slave in 19th century South Carolina, demonstrated extraordinary talent and skill to achieve creative success. At a time when it was illegal for slaves to read and write, the eloquent poetry on Dave’s remarkable pots provided inspiration and hope to those who had none.

 Author Honor

Walter Dean Myers, author of Lockdown (Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers).

 

Jewell Parker Rhodes, author of Ninth Ward (Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.   

Neri, author of Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty, illustrated by Randy DuBurke (Lee & Low Books, Inc.).

Illustrator Honor

 

Javaka Steptoe, author of Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix, written by Gary Golio (Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company).

 John Steptoe Award for New Talent

Victoria Bond and T. R. Simon, authors of Zora and Me (Candlewick Press).

Sonia Lynn Sadler, illustrator of Seeds of Change, written by Jen Cullerton Johnson (Lee & Low Books, Inc.).

 Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

 

Dr. Henrietta Mays Smith, professor emerita at the University of South Florida, Tampa, School of Library and Information Science

 

2010

Author Award Winner

Vaunda  Micheaux Nelson, author of Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie (Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.).

Illustrator Award Winner

Charles R. Smith, Jr., illustrator of My People; text by Langston Hughes (ginee seo books, Atheneum Books for Young Readers).

Author Honor

Tanita S. Davis, author of Mare’s War (Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.).

Illustrator Honor

E.B. Lewis, illustrator of The Negro Speaks of Rivers; text by Langston Hughes (Disney - Jump at the Sun Books, an imprint of Disney Book Group).

 John Steptoe Award for New Talent

Kekla Magoon, author of The Rock and the River (Aladdin, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division).

Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

Walter Dean Myers is the winner of the inaugural Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award pays tribute to the quality and magnitude of beloved children’s author Virginia Hamilton. Myers’ books include: “Amiri & Odette: A Love Story,” published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic; “Fallen Angels,” published by Scholastic Press; “Monster,” published by Amistad and HarperTeen, imprints of HarperCollins Publishers; and “Sunrise Over Fallujah,” published by Scholastic Press.

 

2009

Author Award Winner

 

Kadir Nelson, author and illustrator of We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball (Disney-Jump at the Sun, an imprint of Disney Book Group).

Illustrator Award Winner

 

Floyd Cooper, illustrator of The Blacker the Berry, written by Joyce Carol Thomas (Joanna Cotler Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers).

 Author Honor

 

Hope Anita Smith, author of Keeping the Night Watch (Henry Holt and Company).

 

Joyce Carol Thomas, author of The Blacker the Berry, illustrated by Floyd Cooper (Joanna Cotler Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers).

Carole Boston Weatherford, author of Becoming Billie Holiday (Wordsong, an imprint of Boyds Mills Press, Inc).

 Illustrator Honor

 

Kadir Nelson, author and illustrator of We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball (Disney-Jump at the Sun, an imprint of Disney Book Group).

 

 Jerry Pinkney, illustrator of The Moon Over Star, written by Diana Hutts Aston (Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group).

 

Sean Qualls, illustrator of Before John Was a Jazz Giant, by Carole Boston Weatherford (Henry Holt and Company).

2008

Author Award Winner

Christopher Paul Curtis, author of Elijah of Buxton (Scholastic).

Illustrator Award Winner

Ashley Bryan, author and illustrator of Let it Shine (Atheneum Books for Young Readers).

Author Honor

Sharon M. Draper, author of November Blues (Atheneum Books for Young Adults).

Charles R. Smith, Jr., author of Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali, illustrated by Bryan Collier (Candlewick Press).

Illustrator Honor

Nancy Devard, illustrator of The Secret Olivia Told Me, written by N. Joy (Just Us Books).

Leo and Diane Dillon, authors and illustrators of Jazz On A Saturday Night (Scholastic Blue Sky Press).

2007

Author Award Winner

Sharon Draper, author of Copper Sun (Simon & Schuster/Atheneum Books for Young Readers).

Illustrator Award Winner

Kadir Nelson, illustrator of Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, written by Carole Boston Weatherford (Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children).

Author Honor

Nikki Grimes, author of The Road to Paris (G.P. Putnum’s Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group).

Illustrator Honor

Christopher Myers, illustratror of Jazz, written by Walter Dean Myers (Holiday House, Inc.).

Benny Andrews, illustrator of Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes, edited by David Roessel and Arnold Rampersad (Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.).

2006

Author Award Winner

Julius Lester, author of Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue (Jump at the Sun, an imprint of Hyperion Books for Children).

Illustrator Award Winner

Bryan Collier, illustrator of Rosa, written by Nikki Giovanni (Henry Holt and Company).

Author Honor

Tonya Bolden, author of Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl (Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers).

Nikki Grimes, author of Dark Sons (Jump at the Sun, an imprint of Hyperion Books for Children).

Marilyn Nelson, author of A Wreath for Emmett Till, illustrated by Philippe Lardy (Houghton Mifflin Company).

Illustrator Honor

  1. Gregory Christie, illustrator of Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan, written by Mary Williams(Lee and Low Books).

2005

Author Award Winner

Toni Morrison, author of Remember: The Journey to School Integration (Houghton Mifflin).

Illustrator Award

Kadir A. Nelson, illustrator of Ellington Was Not a Street, written by Ntozake Shange (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers).

Author Honor

Shelia P. Moses, author of The Legend of Buddy Bush (Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster).

Sharon G. Flake, author of Who Am I without Him?: Short Stories about Girls and the Boys in Their Lives (Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children).

Marilyn Nelson, author of Fortune’s Bones: The Manumission Requiem (Front Street).

Illustrator Honor

Jerry Pinkney, illustrator of God Bless the Child, text by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog Jr. (Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers).

Leo and Diane Dillon, illustrators of The People Could Fly: The Picture Book, written by Virginia Hamilton (Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children's).

2004

Author Award Winner

Angela Johnson, author of The First Part Last (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers).

Author Honor

Patricia C. and Fredrick L. McKissack, authors of Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States (Scholastic).

Jacqueline Woodson, author of Locomotion (Grosset & Dunlap).

Sharon Draper, author of The Battle of Jericho (Atheneum Books for Young Readers).

Illustrator Award

Ashley Bryan, author and illustrator of Beautiful Blackbird (Atheneum Books for Young Readers).

Illustrator Honor

Colin Bootman, illustrator of Almost to Freedom, written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (Carolrhoda Books).

Kadir Nelson, illustrator of Thunder Rose, written by Jerdine Nolen (Silver Whistle).

2003

Author Award Winner

Nikki Grimes, author of Bronx Masquerade (Dial Books for Young Readers).

Author Honor

Brenda Woods, author of The Red Rose Box (G. P. Putnam’s Sons)

Nikki Grimes, author of Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman, illustrated by E.B. Lewis (Orchard Books/Scholastic).

Illustrator Award Winner

  1. B. Lewis, illustrator of Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman, written by Nikki Grimes (Orchard Books/Scholastic).

Illustrator Honor

Leo and Diane Dillion, authors and illustrators of Rap a Tap Tap: Here’s Bojangles—Think of That (Blue Sky Press/Scholastic).

Bryan Collier, illustrator of Visiting Langston, written by Willie Perdomo (Henry Holt & Co.).

2002

Author Award Winner

The Land by Mildred Taylor (Phyllis Fogelman Books/Penguin Putnam)

Author Honor Books

Money-Hungry by Sharon G. Flake (Jump at the Sun/Hyperion)

Carver: A Life in Poems by Marilyn Nelson (Front Street)

Illustrator Award Winner

Goin’ Someplace Special, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; text by Patricia McKissack (Anne Schwartz Book/Atheneum)

Illustrator Honor Books

Martin’s Big Words, illustrated by Bryan Collier; text by Doreen Rappoport (Jump at the Sun/Hyperion)

2001

Author Award Winner

Miracle’s Boys by Jacqueline Woodson (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

Author Honor Books

Let It Shine! Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Stephen Alcorn (Gulliver Books, Harcourt)

Illustrator Award Winner

Uptown by Bryan Collier (Henry Holt)

Illustrator Honor Books

Freedom River, illustrated by Bryan Collier; text by Doreen Rapport (Jump at the Sun/Hyperion)

Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie; text by Anne Rockwell (Random House)

Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys, illustrated by E.B. Lewis; text by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard (Simon & Schuster)

2000    

Author Award Winner

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (Delacorte)

Author Honor Books

Francie by Karen English (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalers by Patricia C. and Frederick L. McKissack (Scholastic Press)

Monster by Walter Dean Myers (HarperCollins)

Illustrator Award Winner

In the Time of the Drums, illustrated by Brian Pinkney; text by Kim L. Siegelson (Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children)

Illustrator Honor Books

My Rows and Piles of Coins, illustrated by E. B. Lewis; text by Tololwa M. Mollel (Clarion Books)

Black Cat by Christopher Myers (Scholastic)

1999

Author Award Winner

Heaven by Angela Johnson (Simon & Schuster)

Author Honor Books

Jazmin’s Notebook by Nikki Grimes (Dial Books)

Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence: The Story of New York’s African Burial Ground by Joyce Hansen and Gary McGowan (Henry Holt and Company)

The Other Side: Shorter Poems by Angela Johnson (Orchard Books)

Illustrator Award Winner

i see the rhythm, illustrated by Michele Wood; text by Toyomi Igus (Children’s Book Press)

Illustrator Honor Books

I Have Heard of a Land, illustrated by Floyd Cooper; text by Joyce Carol Thomas

(Joanna Cotler Books/HarperCollins)

The Bat Boy and His Violin, illustrated by E. B. Lewis; text by Gavin Curtis (Simon & Schuster)

Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra, illustrated by Brian Pinkney; text by Andrea Davis Pinkney (Hyperion Books for Children)

1998

Author Award Winner

Forged by Fire by Sharon M. Draper (Atheneum)

Author Honor Books

Bayard Rustin: Behind the Scenes of the Civil Rights Movement by James Haskins (Hyperion)

I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl by Joyce Hansen (Scholastic)

Illustrator Award Winner

In Daddy’s Arms I am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers, illustrated by Javaka Steptoe; text by Alan Schroeder (Lee & Low)

Illustrator Honor Books

Ashley Bryan’s ABC of African American Poetry by Ashley Bryan (Jean Karl/Atheneum)

Harlem, illustrated by Christopher Myers; text by Walter Dean Myers (Scholastic)

The Hunterman and the Crocodile by Baba Wagué Diakité (Scholastic)

1997

Author Award Winner

Slam by Walter Dean Myers (Scholastic)

Author Honor Books

Rebels Against Slavery: American Slave Revolts by Patricia C. & Frederick L. McKissack (Scholastic)

Illustrator Award Winner

Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; text by Alan Schroeder (Dial Books for Young Readers)

Illustrator Honor Books

The Palm of My Heart: Poetry by African American Children, illustrated by Gregorie Christie; edited by Davida Adedjouma (Lee & Low Books Inc.)

Running the Road to ABC, illustrated by Reynold Ruffins; text by Denize Lauture (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

Neeny Coming, Neeny Going, illustrated by Synthia Saint James; text by Karen English (BridgeWater Books)

1996

Author Award Winner

Her Stories by Virginia Hamilton (Scholastic/Blue Sky Press)

Author Honor Books

The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis (Delacorte)

Like Sisters on the Homefront by Rita Williams-Garcia (Delacorte)

From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson (Scholastic/Blue Sky Press)

Illustrator Award Winner

The Middle Passage: White Ships Black Cargo by Tom Feelings (Dial Books for Young Readers)

Illustrator Honor Books

Her Stories, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon; text by Virginia Hamilton (Scholastic/Blue Sky Press)

The Faithful Friend, illustrated by Brian Pinkney; text by Robert San Souci (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

1995

Author Award Winner

Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters by Patricia C. & Frederick L. McKissack (Scholastic)

Author Honor Books

The Captive by Joyce Hansen (Scholastic)

I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This by Jacqueline Woodson (Delacorte)

Black Diamond: Story of the Negro Baseball League by Patricia C. & Frederick L. McKissack (Scholastic)

Illustrator Award Winner

The Creation, illustrated by James Ransome; text by James Weldon Johnson (Holiday House)

Illustrator Honor Books

The Singing Man, illustrated by Terea Shaffer; text by Angela Shelf Medearis (Holiday House)

Meet Danitra Brown, illustrated by Floyd Cooper; text by Nikki Grimes (Lothrop, Lee & Shepard)

1994

Author Award Winner

Toning the Sweep by Angela Johnson (Orchard)

Author Honor Books

Brown Honey in Broom Wheat Tea by Joyce Carol Thomas; illustrated by Floyd Cooper (HarperCollins)

Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary by Walter Dean Myers (Scholastic)

Illustrator Award Winner

Soul Looks Back in Wonder, illustrated by Tom Feelings; text ed. by Phyllis Fogelman (Dial Books for Young Readers)

Illustrator Honor Books

Brown Honey in Broom Wheat Tea, illustrated by Floyd Cooper; text by Joyce Carol Thomas (HarperCollins)

Uncle Jed’s Barbershop, illustrated by James Ransome; text by Margaree King Mitchell (Simon & Schuster)

1993

Author Award Winner

Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural by Patricia A. McKissack (Knopf)

Author Honor Books

Mississippi Challenge by Mildred Pitts Walter (Bradbury)

Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I a Woman? by Patricia C. & Frederick L. McKissack (Scholastic)

Somewhere in the Darkness by Walter Dean Myers (Scholastic)

Illustrator Award Winner

The Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth, illustrated by Kathleen Atkins Wilson; retold by David A. Anderson/SANKOFA (Sights)

Illustrator Honor Books

Little Eight John, illustrated by Wil Clay; text by Jan Wahl (Lodestar)

Sukey and the Mermaid, illustrated by Brian Pinkney; text by Robert San Souci (Four Winds)

Working Cotton, illustrated by Carole Byard; text by Sherley Anne Williams (Harcourt)

1992

Author Award Winner

Now is Your Time: The African American Struggle for Freedom by Walter Dean Myers (HarperCollins)

Author Honor Books

Night on Neighborhood Street by Eloise Greenfield, illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist (Dial)

Illustrator Award Winner

Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold (Crown)

Illustrator Honor Books

All Night, All Day: A Child’s First Book of African American Spirituals, illustrated and selected by Ashley Bryan (Atheneum)

Night on Neighborhood Street, illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist, text by Eloise Greenfield (Dial)

1991

Author Award Winner

The Road to Memphis by Mildred D. Taylor (Dial)

Author Honor Books

Black Dance in America by James Haskins (Crowell)

When I Am Old with You by Angela Johnson (Orchard)

Illustrator Award Winner

Aida, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon; text by Leontyne Price (Harcourt)

1990    

Author Award Winner

A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter by Patricia C. & Frederick L. McKissack (Walker)

Author Honor Books

Nathaniel Talking by Eloise Greenfield, illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist (Black Butterfly)

The Bells of Christmas by Virginia Hamilton (Harcourt)

Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Freedom Movement by Lillie Patterson (Facts on File)

Illustrator Award Winner

Nathaniel Talking, illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist; text by Eloise Greenfield (Black Butterfly)

Illustrator Honor Books

The Talking Eggs, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, text by Robert San Souci (Dial)

1989

Author Award Winner

Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers (Scholastic)

Author Honor Books

A Thief in the Village and Other Stories by James Berry (Orchard)

Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave by Virginia Hamilton (Knopf)

Illustrator Award Winner

Mirandy and Brother Wind, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; text by Patricia McKissack (Knopf)

Illustrator Honor Books

Under the Sunday Tree, illustrated by Amos Ferguson; text by Eloise Greenfield (Harper)

Storm in the Night, illustrated by Pat Cummings; text by Mary Stolz (Harper)

1988

Author Award Winner

The Friendship by Mildred L. Taylor (Dial)

Author Honor Books

An Enchanted Hair Tale by Alexis De Veaux (Harper)

The Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit by Julius Lester (Dial)

Illustrator Award Winner

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale by John Steptoe (Lothrop)

Illustrator Honor Books

What a Morning! The Christmas Story in Black Spirituals, illustrated by Ashley Bryan; selected by John Langstaff (Macmillan)

The Invisible Hunters: A Legend from the Miskito Indians of Nicaragua, illustrated by JoeSam.; compiled by Harriet Rohmer, et al (Children’s Press)

1987

Author Award Winner

Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World by Mildred Pitts Walter (Lothrop)

Author Honor Books

Lion and the Ostrich Chicks and Other African Folk Tales by Ashley Bryan (Atheneum)

Which Way Freedom by Joyce Hansen (Walker)

Illustrator Award Winner

Half a Moon and One Whole Star, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; text by Crescent Dragonwagon (Macmillan)

Illustrator Honor Books

Lion and the Ostrich Chicks and Other African Folk Tales by Ashley Bryan (Atheneum)

C.L.O.U.D.S. by Pat Cummings (Lothrop)

1986

Author Award Winner

The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales by Virginia Hamilton; illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon (Knopf)

Author Honor Books

Junius Over Far by Virginia Hamilton (Harper)

Trouble’s Child by Mildred Pitts Walter (Lothrop)

Illustrator Award Winner

The Patchwork Quilt, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; text by Valerie Flournoy (Dial)

Illustrator Honor Books

The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon; text by Virginia Hamilton (Knopf)

1985

Author Award Winner

Motown and Didi by Walter Dean Myers (Viking)

Author Honor Books

Circle of Gold by Candy Dawson Boyd (Apple/Scholastic)

A Little Love by Virginia Hamilton (Philomel)

Illustrator Award Winner

No award

1984

Author Award Winner

Everett Anderson’s Good-bye by Lucille Clifton (Holt)

Special Citation

The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr., compiled by Coretta Scott King (Newmarket Press)

Author Honor Books

The Magical Adventures of Pretty Pearl by Virginia Hamilton (Harper)

Lena Horne by James Haskins (Coward-McCann)

Bright Shadow by Joyce Carol Thomas (Avon)

Because We Are by Mildred Pitts Walter

Illustrator Award Winner

My Mama Needs Me, illustrated by Pat Cummings; text by Mildred Pitts Walter (Lothrop)

1983

Author Award Winner

Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush by Virginia Hamilton (Philomel)

Author Honor Books

This Strange New Feeling by Julius Lester (Dial)

Illustrator Award Winner

Black Child by Peter Magubane (Knopf)

Illustrator Honor Books

All the Colors of the Race, illustrated by John Steptoe; text by Arnold Adoff (Lothrop)

I’m Going to Sing: Black American Spirituals, illustrated by Ashley Bryan (Atheneum)

Just Us Women, illustrated by Pat Cummings; text by Jeanette Caines (Harper)

1982

Author Award Winner

Let the Circle Be Unbroken by Mildred D. Taylor (Dial)

Author Honor Books

Rainbow Jordan by Alice Childress (Coward-McCann)

Lou in the Limelight by Kristin Hunter (Scribner)

Mary: An Autobiography by Mary E. Mebane (Viking)

Illustrator Award Winner

Mother Crocodile: An Uncle Amadou Tale from Sengal, illustrated by John Steptoe; text by Rosa Guy (Delacorte)

Illustrator Honor Books

Daydreamers, illustrated by Tom Feelings; text by Eloise Greenfield (Dial)

1981

Author Award Winner

This Life by Sidney Poitier (Knopf)

Author Honor Books

Don’t Explain: A Song of Billie Holiday by Alexis De Veaux (Harper)

Illustrator Award Winner

Beat the Story Drum, Pum-Pum by Ashley Bryan (Atheneum)

Illustrator Honor Books

Grandmama’s Joy, illustrated by Carole Byard; text by Eloise Greenfield (Collins)

Count on Your Fingers African Style, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; text by Claudia Zaslavsky (Crowell)

1980    

Author Award Winner

The Young Landlords by Walter Dean Myers (Viking)

Author Honor Books

Movin’ Up by Berry Gordy (Harper)

Childtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir by Eloise Greenfield and Lessie Jones Little (Harper)

Andrew Young: Young Man with a Mission by James Haskins (Lothrop)

James Van Der Zee: The Picture Takin’ Man by James Haskins (Dodd)

Let the Lion Eat Straw by Ellease Southerland (Scribner)

Illustrator Award Winner

Cornrows, illustrated by Carole Byard; text by Camille Yarborough (Coward-McCann)

1979

Author Award Winner

Escape to Freedom by Ossie Davis (Viking)

Author Honor Books

Benjamin Banneker by Lillie Patterson (Abingdon)

I Have a Sister, My Sister is Deaf by Jeanne W. Peterson (Harper)

Justice and Her Brothers by Virginia Hamilton (Greenwillow)

Skates of Uncle Richard by Carol Fenner (Random)

Illustrator Award Winner

Something on My Mind, illustrated by Tom Feelings; text by Nikki Grimes (Dial)

1978

Author Award Winner

Africa Dream by Eloise Greenfield, illustrated by Carole Byard (Crowell)

Author Honor Books

The Days When the Animals Talked: Black Folk Tales and How They Came to Be by William J. Faulkner (Follett)

Marvin and Tige by Frankcina Glass (St. Martin’s)

Mary McCleod Bethune by Eloise Greenfield (Crowell)

Barbara Jordan by James Haskins (Dial)

Coretta Scott King by Lillie Patterson (Garrard)

Portia: The Life of Portia Washington Pittman, the Daughter of Booker T. Washington by Ruth Ann Stewart (Doubleday)

Illustrator Award Winner

Africa Dream, illustrated by Carole Bayard; text by Eloise Greenfield (Crowell)

1977

Author Award Winner

The Story of Stevie Wonder by James Haskins (Lothrop)

Author Honor Books

Everett Anderson's Friend by Lucille Clifton (Holt)

Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (Dial)

Quick Book on Black America by Clarance N. Blake and Donald F. Martin (Houghton)

Illustrator Award Winner

No award

1976

Author Award Winner

Duey’s Tale by Pearl Bailey (Harcourt)

Author Honor Books

Julius K. Nyerere: Teacher of Africa by Shirley Graham (Messner)

Paul Robeson by Eloise Greenfield (Crowell)

Fast Sam, Cool Clyde and Stuff by Walter Dean Myers (Viking)

Song of the Trees by Mildred Taylor (Dial)

Illustrator Award Winner

No award

1975

Author Award Winner

The Legend of Africana by Dorothy Robinson (Johnson Publishing)

Illustrator Award Winner

No award

1974

Author Award Winner

Ray Charles by Sharon Bell Mathis; illustrated by George Ford (Crowell)

Author Honor Books

A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich by Alice Childress (Coward-McCann)

Don't You Remember? by Lucille Clifton (Dutton)

Ms. Africa: Profiles of Modern African Women by Louise Crane (Lippincott)

Guest in the Promised Land by Kristin Hunter (Scribner)

Mukasa by John Nagenda (MacMillan)

Illustrator Award Winner

Ray Charles, illustrated by George Ford; text by Sharon Bell Mathis (Crowell)

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

1973

I Never Had It Made: The Autobiography of Jackie Robinson, as told to Alfred Duckett (Putnam)

1972

17 Black Artists by Elton C. Fax (Dodd)

1971

Black Troubador: Langston Hughes by Charlemae Rollins (Rand McNally)

Author Honor Books

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (Random)

Unbought and Unbossed by Shirley Chisholm (Houghton)

I Am a Black Woman by Mari Evans (Morrow)

Every Man Heart Lay Down by Lorenz Graham (Crowell)

The Voice of the Children by June Jordan and Terri Bush (Holt)

Black Means by Gladys Groom and Bonnie Grossman (Hill & Wang)

Ebony Book of Black Achievement by Margaret W. Peters (Johnson Publishing)

Mary Jo's Grandmother by Janice May Udry (Whitman)

1970    

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Man of Peace by Lillie Patterson (Garrard)

 

 

 

 

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