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Coretta Scott King Award Winners


The Coretta Scott King Award is presented annually by the Coretta Scott King Committee of the American Library Association's Ethnic Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table. Recipients are authors and illustrators of African descent whose distinguished books promote an understanding and appreciation of the "American Dream."






Steptoe, Javaka
JB B2932ST

Jean-Michael Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocked to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art world had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe's vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat's own introduce young readers to the powerful message that art doesn't always have to be neat or clean--and definitely not inside the lines--to be beautiful.
Lewis, John and Aydin, Andrew
COMICS GRAPHICS MARCH-L, V.3

The conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy. Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation.
Andrews, Troy
JB AN264AN

Hailing from the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews got his nickname by wielding a trombone twice as long as he was high. A prodigy, he was leading his own band by age six, and today this Grammy-nominated artist headlines the legendary New Orleans Jazz Fest.
Williams-Garcia, Rita
J WILLI

"Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are off to Alabama to visit their grandmother, Big Ma, and her mother, Ma Charles. Across the way lives Ma Charles's half sister, Miss Trotter. The two half sisters haven't spoken in years. As Delphine hears about her family history, she uncovers the surprising truth that's been keeping the sisters apart. But when tragedy strikes, Delphine discovers that the bonds of family run deeper than she ever knew possible" -- from publisher's web site.
Woodson, Jacqueline
J811.54 WOODS

In vivid poems, Jacqueline Woodson shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement...
Copeland, Misty
JE COPEL

American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland encourages a young ballet student, with brown skin like her own, by telling her that she, too, had to learn basic steps and how to be graceful when she was starting out, and that some day, with practice and dedication, the little girl will become a firebird, too. Includes author's note about dancers who led her to find her voice.
Williams-Garcia, Rita
J WILLI

Eleven-year-old Brooklyn girl Delphine feels overwhelmed with worries and responsibilities. At least Delphine can write to her mother in Oakland, California, for advice.
Beaty, Daniel
JE BEATY

A boy wakes up one morning to find his father gone, but his father has left him a letter filled with advice to guide him through the times he cannot be there.
Pinkney, Andrea Davis
J973.0496 PINKN

Presents the stories of ten African-American men from different eras in American history, organized chronologically to provide a scope from slavery to the modern day.
Hughes, Langston
J811.52 HUGHE

Presents the popular poem by one of the central figures in the Harlem Renaissance, highlighting the courage and dignity of the African American Pullman porters in the early twentieth century.
Nelson, Kadir
J973.0496 NELSO

An simple introduction to African-American history, from Revolutionary-era slavery up to the election of President Obama.
Evans, Shane W.
JE EVANS

A family silently crawls along the ground. They run barefoot through unlit woods, sleep beneath bushes, take shelter in a kind stranger's home. Where are they heading?
Williams-Garcia, Rita
J WILLI

In the summer of 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.
Hill, Laban Carrick
J738.092 HILL

To us it is just dirt, the ground we walk on... But to Dave it was clay, the plain and basic stuff upon which he formed a life as a slave nearly 200 years ago...
Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux
JB R259JB

Bass Reeves seemed bigger than life. As a deputy U.S. Marshal--and former slave who escaped to freedom in the Indian Territories--Bass was cunning and fearless.
Hughes, Langston
J811 HUGHE

Hughes's spare yet eloquent tribute to his people has been cherished for generations. Now, acclaimed photographer Smith interprets this beloved poem in vivid sepia photographs that capture the glory, the beauty, and the soul of being a black American today.
Nelson, Kadir
J796.357 NELSO

Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through the decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947.
Thomas, Joyce Carol
J811 THOMA

A collection of poems, including "Golden Goodness," "Cranberry Red," and "Biscuit Brown," celebrating individuality and Afro-American identity.
Curtis, Christopher Paul
J CURTI

In 1859, eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman, the first free-born child in Buxton, Canada, which is a haven for slaves fleeing the American south, uses his wits and skills to try to bring to justice the lying preacher who has stolen money that was to be used to buy a family's freedom.
Bryan, Ashley
J782.42 LET

Illustrated versions of three well-known hymns.
Draper, Sharon
YA FICTION DRAPE

Two fifteen-year-old girls--one a slave and the other an indentured servant--escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida, a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves.
Weatherford, Carole Boston
JB T79WE

Describes Tubman's spiritual journey as she hears the voice of God guiding her north to freedom on that very first trip to escape the brutal practice of forced servitude.
Lester, Julius
J LESTE / YA FICTION LESTE

Emma has taken care of the Butler children since Sarah and Frances's mother, Fanny, left. Emma wants to raise the girls to have good hearts, as a rift over slavery has ripped the Butler household apart.
Giovanni, Nikki
JB P237G

The story of Rosa Parks and her courageous act of defiance, when she refused to give up her seat to a white passenger in Alabama, setting in motion all the events of the Civil Rights Movement.
Morrison, Toni
J379.263 MORRI

"Remember" is a unique pictorial and narrative journey that introduces children to a watershed period in American history and its relevance to us today.
Shang, Ntozake
J811 SHANG

Many of the great figures in African-American history gathered in author's family home to talk and share ideas and even sing.
Johnson, Angela
YA FICTION JOHNS

Bobby's carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father and must care for his adored baby daughter.
Bryan, Ashley
J398.2096

In a story of the Ila people, the colorful birds of Africa ask Blackbird, whom they think is the most beautiful of birds, to decorate them with some of his "blackening brew."
Grimes, Nikki
YA FICTION GRIME

While studying the Harlem Renaissance, students at a Bronx high school read aloud poems they've written, revealing their innermost thoughts and fears to their formerly clueless classmates.
Grimes, Nikki
JB C6758G

A biography of the woman who became the first licensed Afro-American pilot.
Taylor, Mildred D.
J/Fiction

After the Civil War Paul, the son of a white father and a black mother, finds himself caught between the two worlds of colored folks and white folks as he pursues his dream of owning land of his own.
McKissack, Patricia
JE

In segregated 1950s Nashville, a young African American girl braves a series of indignities and obstacles to get to one of the few integrated places in town: the public library.
Woodson, Jacqueline
j/Fiction

Twelve-year-old Lafayette's close relationship with his older brother Charlie changes after Charlie is released from a detention home and blames Lafayette for the death of their mother.
Collier, Bryan
JE

Uptown dives into the high-rolling world of Manhattan real estate. When money, power, and respect are at stake, a Harlem family's bonds are strained to the breaking point.
Curtis, Christopher Paul
j

Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.
Siegelson, Kim L.
J

Mentu, an American-born slave boy, watches his beloved grandmother, Twi, lead the insurrection at Teakettle Creek of Ibo people arriving from Africa on a slave ship.
Johnson, Angela
J JOHNS

Fourteen-year-old Marley's seemingly perfect life in the small town of Heaven is disrupted when she discovers that her father and mother are not her real parents.
Igus, Toyomi
J780.89

Chronicles and captures poetically the history, mood, and movement of African American music.
Draper, Sharon M.
J/Fiction

Teenage Gerald, who has spent years protecting his fragile half-sister from their abusive father, faces the prospect of one final confrontation before the problem can be solved.
Steptoe, Javaka
J811

A collection of poems celebrating African-American fathers by Angela Johnson, E. Ethelbert Miller, Carole Boston Weatherford, and others.
Myers, Walter Dean
Fiction

Sixteen-year-old "Slam" Harris is counting on his noteworthy basketball talents to get him out of the inner city and give him a chance to succeed in life, but his coach sees things differently.
Schroeder, Alan
JB T79SC

Young Harriet Tubman, whose childhood name was Minty, dreams of escaping slavery on the Brodas plantation in the late 1820s.
Hamilton, Virginia
J398.2

A dramatic new collection of 25 compelling tales from the female African American storytelling tradition. Each story focuses on the role of women--both real and fantastic--and their particular strengths, joys and sorrows.
Feelings, Tom
759.13 F32M

Master artist Tom Feelings relates the story of the middle passage in sixty-four extraordinary narrative paintings. They draw us into the lives of the millions of African men, women, and children who were torn from their homelands, crowded into disease-ridden "death ships", and transported under nightmarish conditions to the so-called New World.
McKissack, Patricia C. & Frederick L.
J975.5

Describes the customs, recipes, poems, and songs used to celebrate Christmas in the big plantation houses and in the slave quarters just before the Civil War.
Johnson, James Weldon
J811

A poem based on the story of creation from the first book of the Bible.
Johnson, Angela
J

On a visit to her grandmother Ola, who is dying of cancer in her house in the desert, fourteen-year-old Emmie hears many stories about the past and her family history and comes to a better understanding of relatives both dead and living.
[ed. Fogelman, Phyllis]
J811

Artwork and poems by such writers as Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, and Askia Toure portray the creativity, strength, and beauty of their African American heritage.
McKissack, Patricia C.
J

A collection of ghost stories with African American themes, designed to be told during the Dark Thirty--the half hour before sunset--when ghosts seem all too believable.
Anderson, David A.
J398.21

Retells the Yoruba creation myth in which the deity Obatala descends from the sky to create the world.
Myers, Walter Dean
J973.04

A history of the African-American struggle for freedom and equality, beginning with the capture of Africans in 1619, continuing through the American Revolution, the Civil War, and into contemporary times.
Ringgold, Faith
JE

A young girl dreams of flying above her Harlem home, claiming all she sees for herself and her family. This book is based on the author's quilt painting of the same name.
Taylor, Mildred D.
J/Fiction

In 1941 a black youth, sadistically teased by two white boys in rural Mississippi, severely injures one of them with a tire iron and enlists Cassie's help in trying to flee the state.
Price, Leontyne
J782.1

This book retells the story of Verdi's opera in which the love of the enslaved Ethiopian princess for an Egyptian general brings tragedy to all involved.
McKissack, Patricia C. & Frederick L.
J331.88

The epic struggle of railroad porters to begin the first African American-controlled union is powerfully portrayed.
Greenfield, Eloise
J811

Beautifully composed in a variety of styles--rap, blues, and free verse--these 18 poems offers a black child's insights into his own heart and mind, and into the lives of family and friends. Nine-year-old Nathaniel reflects on what it's like to be curious.
Myers, Walter Dean
YA Fiction

This 1989 Coretta Scott King Award winner is the story of one young man's tour of duty in Vietnam as well as a testament to the thousands of young people who lived and died during the war.
McKissack, Patricia C.
JE

Mirandy is sure she'll win the cake walk if she can catch Brother Wind for her partner, but he eludes all the tricks her friends advise. Mirandy sparkles with energy and determination.
Taylor, Mildred D.
J

Four children witness a confrontation between an elderly black man and a white storekeeper in rural Mississippi in the 1930s.
Steptoe, John
JE

Mufaro's two beautiful daughters, one bad-tempered, one kind and sweet, go before the king, who is choosing a wife.
Walter, Mildred Pitts
J/Uncat.

Suffering in a family full of females, ten-year-old Justin feels that cleaning and keeping house are women's work until he spends time on his beloved grandfather's ranch.
Dragonwagon, Crescent
JE

The summer night is full of wonderful sounds and scents as Susan falls asleep.
Hamilton, Virginia
J398.2

In this retelling of a folktale, a group of slaves, unable to bear their sadness and starvation any longer, calls upon the African magic that allows them to fly away.
Flournoy, Valerie
JE

"Tanya loved listening to her grandmother talk about the patchwork quilt...one day Tanya's grandmother becomes ill, and...she decides to finish Grandma's masterpiece herself..."--front flap.
Myers, Walter Dean
J/Fiction

Motown and Didi, two teenage loners in Harlem, become allies in a fight against Touchy, the drug dealer whose dope is destroying Didi's brother, and find themselves falling in love with each other.
Clifton, Lucille
JE

In a short colloquial poem, a boy comes to terms with his father's death, while Grifalconi's charcoal illustrations movingly depict the stages of grief.
Walter, Mildred Pitts
JE

Jason wants to help, but isn't sure that his mother needs him at all after she brings home a new baby from the hospital.
Hamilton, Virginia
J

Fourteen-year-old Tree, resentful of her working mother who leaves her in charge of her disabled brother, encounters the ghost of her dead uncle and comes to a deeper understanding of her family's problems.
Magubane, Peter
968.06 M27B

The sad, harsh realities of life in south Africa are sensitively revealed in photographs of children's faces.
Taylor, Mildred D.
J/Fiction

Four black children growing up in rural Mississippi during the Depression experience racial antagonisms and hard times, but learn from their parents the pride and self-respect they need to survive.
Guy, Rosa
J398.2

Because Mother Crocodile tells stories of the past, the little crocodiles choose to believe she is crazy until almost too late they learn otherwise.
Poitier, Sidney
B P7558

The Academy Award-winning actor tells of his childhood in the Bahamas, his introduction to New York, his two marriages and tumultuous eight-year relationship with Diahann Carroll, and his numerous films.
Bryan, Ashley
J398.2

Includes five Nigerian folktales, retold in language as rhythmic as the beat of the story-drum, and illustrated with vibrant, evocative woodcuts.
Myers, Walter Dean
J

Five devoted friends become landlords and try to make their Harlem neighborhood a better place to live.
Yarbrough, Camille
J

When Mama and Great-Grammaw weave the striking cornrow patterns of Africa into their children's hair, their gentle voices also weave a tale full of pride and heritage.
Davis, Ossie
J812

Douglass overcame his beginnings as a slave to become the first black man to hold a diplomatic office. He was a great orator and also wrote several books. This play emphasizes his contributions.
Grimes, Nikki
J811 FEELI

Poems expressing the hopes, fears, joys, and sorrows of growing up.
Greenfield, Eloise
JE

An African-American child dreams of Africa, where she sees animals, shops in a marketplace, reads from a strange old book, and returns to the village where her granddaddy welcomed her so long ago.
Author Winner: The Story of Stevie Wonder
Haskins, James
-

A biography of the blind composer, pianist, and singer who was a child prodigy and went on to win nine Grammy awards.
Bailey, Pearl
J

A maple seedling becomes separated from his mother tree, makes friends with a bottle and a log, and searches for his own place in life.
Robinson, Dorothy
J

An allegorical tale of Africa's struggle against the ravishment of its people and country.
Mathis, Sharon Bell
JB C3802M

A biography of the musician who became famous despite his blindness.
Robinson, Jackie, as told to Alfred Duckett
B R5633

Celebrates the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking into the major leagues.
Winner: 17 Black Artists
Fax, Elton C.
-

Contents: The forerunners -- Elizabeth Catlett -- John Wilson -- Lawrence Jones -- Charles White -- Eldzier Cortor -- Rex Goreleigh -- Charlotte Amevor -- Romare Bearden -- Jacob Lawrence -- Roy DeCarava -- Faith Ringgold -- Earl Hooks -- James E. Lewis -- Benny Andrews -- Norma Morgan -- John Biggers -- John Torres
Rollins, Charlemae
JB H874R

A biography of the African-American poet.
Patterson, Lillie
JB K585PA

A biography of the minister, orator, and crusader for equal civil rights who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.