Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners

Coretta Scott King MedalGiven 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.

2013 Author Award Winner

Andrea Davis Pinkney
Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America

(Disney/Jump at the Sun Books, an imprint of Disney Book Group)

Hand in Hand is a collective biography of ten well-known African American men who dramatically changed history. Each acted with fervor and rose to greatness through education and how they chose to live their lives. Pinkney’s focus on that point makes this a unique and refreshing collection.

2013 Illustrator Award Winner

Bryan Collier
I, Too, Am America

(Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division)

In I, Too, Am America, Collier offers a picture book rendition of Langston Hughes’ famous poem—“I, Too, Am America”—as a tribute to Pullman porters.  His trademark mixed-media collage illustrations and visual symbolism engage readers, invoking the sensation of movement and the unstoppable changes in our collective American history.

2013 Author Honor

Jacqueline Woodson
Each Kindness
illustrated by E. B. Lewis
(Nancy Paulsen Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group)
 
(Carolrhoda Lab, an imprint of Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.)

2013 Illustrator Honor

Daniel Minter
Ellen’s Broom
written by Kelly Starling Lyons
(G. P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group)
 
Christopher Myers
H. O. R. S. E.
(Egmont USA)
 
Kadir Nelson
I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr.
written by Martin Luther King, Jr.
(Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.)
2012
Medal Winner (illustration):
Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom
Medal Winner (author):
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans
Honor Book (illustrator):
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans
Honor Book (author):
The Great Migration: Journey to the North
Honor Book (author):
Never Forgotten
2011
Medal Winner (illustration):
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave
Medal Winner (author):
One Crazy Summer
John Steptoe Award for New Talent:
Zora and Me
Honor Book (illustrator):
Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix
Honor Book (author):
Lockdown
Honor Book (author):
Ninth Ward
Honor Book (author):
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty
2010
Medal Winner (illustrator):
My People
Medal Winner (author):
Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Honor Book (illustrator):
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
2009
Medal Winner (illustrator):
The Blacker the Berry
Medal Winner (author):
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
Honor Book (illustrator):
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
Honor Book (illustrator):
Moon Over Star
Honor Book (illustrator):
Before John Was a Jazz Giant
Honor Book (author):
Keeping the Night Watch
Honor Book (author):
The Blacker the Berry
Honor Book (author):
Becoming Billie Holiday
2008
Medal Winner (illustrator):
Let it Shine
Medal Winner (author):
Elijah of Buxton
Honor Book (illustrator):
November Blues
Honor Book (illustrator):
The Secret Olivia Told Me
Honor Book (illustrator):
Jazz On A Saturday Night
Honor Book (author):
Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali
2007
Medal Winner (illustrator):
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
Medal Winner (author):
Copper Sun
Honor Book (illustrator):
Jazz
Honor Book (illustrator):
Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes
Honor Book (author):
The Road to Paris