ALA

Coretta Scott King Book Award

2005

Author Award Winner

Remember: The Journey to School Integration by Toni Morrison (Houghton Mifflin)

Author Honor Books

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

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

Fortune’s Bones: The Manumission Requiem by Marilyn Nelson (Front Street)

Illustrator Award Book

Ellington Was Not a Street, illustrated by Kadir A. Nelson; text by Ntozake Shange (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

Illustrator Honor Books

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

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

2004

Author Award Winner

The First Part Last by Angela Johnson (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

Author Honor Books

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

Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson (Grosset & Dunlap)

The Battle of Jericho by Sharon Draper (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)

Illustrator Award Book

Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan (Atheneum Books for Young Readers) 

Illustrator Honor Books

Almost to Freedom, illustrated by Colin Bootman; text by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (Carolrhoda Books)  

Thunder Rose, illustrated by Kadir Nelson; text by Jerdine Nolen (Silver Whistle)  

2003

Author Award Winner

Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes (Dial Books for Young Readers)

Author Honor Books

The Red Rose Box by Brenda Woods (G. P. Putnam’s Sons)

Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman by Nikki Grimes (Orchard Books/Scholastic)

Illustrator Award Winner

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

Illustrator Honor Books

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

Visiting Langston, illustrated by Bryan Collier; text 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 Mugabane (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 Bayard (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)

Illustrator Award Winner

No award

1976

Author Award Winner

Duey’s Tale by Pearl Bailey (Harcourt)

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)

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)

1970

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