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Award-Winning Children's Books
California Young Reader Award
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Coretta Scott King Award
John & Patricia Beatty Award
Michael L. Printz Award
Newbery Award
Pura Belpré Award

Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners Coretta logo

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.    

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2010s

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P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia

Year of Award: 2014

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Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me by Daniel Beaty; Bryan Collier, Illus.

Year of Award: 2014

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

Year of Award: 2013

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I, Too, Am America by Bryan Collier

Year of Award: 2013

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Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson

Year of Award: 2012

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Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom by Shane W. Evans

Year of Award: 2012

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One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Year of Award: 2011

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Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill; Bryan Collier, Illus.

Year of Award: 2011

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Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Year of Award: 2010

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My People by Langston Hughes; Charles R. Smith, Jr., Illus.

Year of Award: 2010

 

 

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2000s

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We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson

Year of Award: 2009

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The Blacker the Berry by Joyce Carol Thomas; Floyd Cooper, Illus.

Year of Award: 2009

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Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

Year of Award: 2008

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Let it Shine by Ashley Bryan

Year of Award: 2008

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Copper Sun by Sharon Draper

Year of Award: 2007

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Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford; Kadir Nelson, Illus.

Year of Award: 2007

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Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue  by Julius Lester

Year of Award: 2006

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Rosa by Nikki Giovanni; Bryan Collier, Illus.

Year of Award: 2006

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Remember: The Journey to School Integration by Toni Morrison

Year of Award: 2005

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Ellington Was Not a Street by Ntozake Shange; Kadir A. Nelson, Illus.

Year of Award: 2005

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The First Part Last by Angela Johnson

Year of Award: 2004

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Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan

Year of Award: 2004

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Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes

Year of Award: 2003

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Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman by Nikki Grimes; E.B. Lewis, Illus.

Year of Award: 2003

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The Land by Mildred Taylor

Year of Award: 2002

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Goin' Someplace Special by Patricia McKissack; Jerry Pinkney, Illus.

Year of Award: 2002

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Miracle's Boys by Jacqueline Woodson

Year of Award: 2001

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Uptown  by Bryan Collier

Year of Award: 2001

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Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Year of Award: 2000

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In the Time of the Drums by Kim L. Siegelson; Brian Pinkney, Illus.

Year of Award: 2000

 

 

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1990s

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Heaven by Angela Johnson

Year of Award: 1999

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I See the Rhythm by Toyomi Igus; Michele Wood, Illus.

Year of Award: 1999

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Forged by Fire by Sharon M. Draper

Year of Award: 1998

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In Daddy's Arms I am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers by Alan Schroeder; Javaka Steptoe, Illus.

Year of Award: 1998

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Slam by Walter Dean Myers

Year of Award: 1997

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Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman by Alan Schroeder; Jerry Pinkney, Illus.

Year of Award: 1997

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Her Stories by Virginia Hamilton

Year of Award: 1996

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The Middle Passage: White Ships Black Cargo by Tom Feelings

Year of Award: 1996

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

Year of Award: 1995

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The Creation by James Weldon Johnson; James Ransome, Illus.

Year of Award: 1995

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Toning the Sweep by Angela Johnson

Year of Award: 1994

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Soul Looks Back in Wonder by Phyllis Fogelman; Tom Feelings, Illus.

Year of Award: 1994

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

Year of Award: 1993

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The Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth by retold by David A. Anderson; Kathleen Atkins Wilson, Illus.

Year of Award: 1993

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

Year of Award: 1992

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Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

Year of Award: 1992

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The Road to Memphis by Mildred D. Taylor

Year of Award: 1991

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Aida by Leontyne Price; Leo & Diane Dillon, Illus.

Year of Award: 1991

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

Year of Award: 1990

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Nathaniel Talking by Eloise Greenfield; Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Illus.

Year of Award: 1990

 

 

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1980s

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Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers

Year of Award: 1989

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Mirandy and Brother Wind by Patricia McKissack; Jerry Pinkney, Illus.

Year of Award: 1989

 

The Friendship by Mildred L. Taylor

Year of Award: 1988

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Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale by John Steptoe

Year of Award: 1988

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Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World by Mildred Pitts Walter

Year of Award: 1987

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Half Moon and One Whole Star by Crescent Dragonwagon; Jerry Pinkney, Illus.

Year of Award: 1987

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The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy; Jerry Pinkney, Illus.

Year of Award: 1986

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The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales by Virginia Hamilton

Year of Award: 1986

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Everett Anderson's Good-bye  by Lucille Clifton

Year of Award: 1984

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My Mama Needs Me by Mildred Pitts Walter; Pat Cummings, Illus.

Year of Award: 1984

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Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush by Virginia Hamilton

Year of Award: 1983

 

Black Child by Peter Magubane

Year of Award: 1983

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Let the Circle Be Unbroken by Mildred D. Taylor

Year of Award: 1982

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Motown and Didi by Walter Dean Myers

Year of Award: 1985

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Mother Crocodile: An Uncle Amadou Tale from Sengal by Rosa Guy; John Steptoe, Illus.

Year of Award: 1982

 

This Life by Sidney Poitier

Year of Award: 1981

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Beat the Story Drum, Pum-Pum by Ashley Bryan

Year of Award: 1981

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The Young Landlords by Walter Dean Myers

Year of Award: 1980

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Cornrows by Camille Yarborough; Carole Byard, Illus.

Year of Award: 1980

 

 

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1970s

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Escape to Freedom by Ossie Davis

Year of Award: 1979

 

Something on My Mind by Nikki Grimes; Tom Feelings, Illus.

Year of Award: 1979

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Africa Dream by Eloise Greenfield; Carole Bayard, Illus.

Year of Award: 1978

 

The Story of Stevie Wonder by James Haskins

Year of Award: 1977

 

Duey's Tale by Pearl Bailey

Year of Award: 1976

 

 The Legend of Africana by Dorothy Robinson

Year of Award: 1975

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Ray Charles by Sharon Bell Mathis; George Ford, Illus.

Year of Award: 1974

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I Never Had It Made: The Autobiography of Jackie Robinson by as told to Alfred Duckett

Year of Award: 1973

 

17 Black Artists by Elton C. Fax

Year of Award: 1972

 

 Black Troubador: Langston Hughes by Charlemae Rollins

Year of Award: 1971

 

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

Year of Award: 1970

 

 

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