Coretta Scott King Book Awards

About the Coretta Scott King Book Awards
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, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards annually recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience.  Further, the Award encourages the artistic expression of the black experience via literature and the graphic arts in biographical, social, and historical treatments by African American authors and illustrators.

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NameTitleYear
In Plain SightIn Plain Sight2017 - Honor
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley BryanFreedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan2017 - Honor
Freedom in Congo SquareFreedom in Congo Square2017 - Honor
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel BasquiatRadiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat2017 - Winner
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley BryanFreedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan2017 - Honor
As Brave as YouAs Brave as You2017 - Honor
March: Book ThreeMarch: Book Three2017 - Winner
Gone Crazy in AlabamaGone Crazy in Alabama2016 - Winner
The Boy in the Black SuitThe Boy in the Black Suit2016 - Honor
All American BoysAll American Boys2016 - Honor
X: A NovelX: A Novel2016 - Honor
Trombone ShortyTrombone Shorty2016 - Winner
The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest BookstoreThe Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore2016 - Honor
Last Stop on Market StreetLast Stop on Market Street2016 - Honor
Little Melba and Her Big TromboneLittle Melba and Her Big Trombone2015 - Honor
JOSEPHINE: The Dazzling Life of Josephine BakerJOSEPHINE: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker2015 - Honor
FirebirdFirebird2015 - Winner
How It Went DownHow It Went Down2015 - Honor
How I Discovered PoetryHow I Discovered Poetry2015 - Honor
The CrossoverThe Crossover2015 - Honor
Brown Girl DreamingBrown Girl Dreaming2015 - Winner
Darius & TwigDarius & Twig2014 - Honor
Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for MeKnock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me2014 - Winner
March: Book OneMarch: Book One2014 - Honor
Nelson MandelaNelson Mandela2014 - Honor
Words with WingsWords with Wings2014 - Honor
P.S. Be ElevenP.S. Be Eleven2014 - Winner
I, Too, Am AmericaI, Too, Am America2013 - Winner
Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed AmericaHand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America2013 - Winner
No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem BooksellerNo Crystal Stair2013 - Honor
Each KindnessEach Kindness2013 - Honor
H. O. R. S. E.H. O. R. S. E.2013 - Honor
I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr.I Have a Dream2013 - Honor
Ellen’s BroomEllen’s Broom2013 - Honor
McKissack, Patricia C.Never Forgotten2012 - Honor
Dillon, LeoNever Forgotten2012 - Honor
Dillon, DianeNever Forgotten2012 - Honor
Greenfield, EloiseThe Great Migration: Journey to the North2012 - Honor
Gilchrist, Jan SpiveyThe Great Migration: Journey to the North2012 - Honor
Nelson, KadirHeart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans2012 - Winner
Nelson, KadirHeart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans2012 - Honor
Evans, Shane W.Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom2012 - Winner
Williams-Garcia, RitaOne Crazy Summer2011 - Winner
Neri, G.Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty2011 - Honor
Rhodes, Jewell ParkerNinth Ward2011 - Honor
Myers, Walter DeanLockdown2011 - Honor
Golio, GaryJimi Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix2011 - Honor
Hill, Laban CarrickDave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave2011 - Winner
Steptoe, JavakaJimi Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix2011 - Honor
Collier, BryanDave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave2011 - Winner
DuBurke, RandyYummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty2011 - Honor
Smith, Charles R.My People2010 - Winner
Hughes, LangstonThe Negro Speaks of Rivers2010 - Honor
Lewis, E.B.The Negro Speaks of Rivers2010 - Honor
Nelson, Vaunda MicheauxBad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall2010 - Winner
Davis, Tanita S.Mare's War2010 - Honor
Hughes, LangstonMy People2010 - Winner
Nelson, KadirWe Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball2009 - Winner
Nelson, KadirWe Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball2009 - Winner
Nelson, KadirWe Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball2009 - Honor
Cooper, FloydThe Blacker the Berry2009 - Honor
Thomas, Joyce CarolThe Blacker the Berry2009 - Honor
Smith, Hope AnitaKeeping the Night Watch2009 - Honor
Cooper, FloydBecoming Billie Holiday2009 - Honor
Weatherford, Carole BostonBecoming Billie Holiday2009 - Honor
Cooper, FloydThe Blacker the Berry2009 - Winner
Thomas, Joyce CarolThe Blacker the Berry2009 - Winner
Qualls, SeanBefore John Was a Jazz Giant2009 - Honor
Weatherford, Carole BostonBefore John Was a Jazz Giant2009 - Honor
Pinkney, JerryThe Moon Over Star2009 - Honor
Aston, Dianna HuttsThe Moon Over Star2009 - Honor
Lewis, E.B.Keeping the Night Watch2009 - Honor
November BluesNovember Blues2008 - Honor
Elijah of BuxtonElijah of Buxton2008 - Winner
Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad AliTwelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali2008 - Honor
Jazz On A Saturday NightJazz On A Saturday Night2008 - Honor
Let it ShineLet it Shine2008 - Winner
The Secret Olivia Told MeThe Secret Olivia Told Me2008 - Winner
Copper SunCopper Sun2007 - Winner
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to FreedomMoses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom2007 - Winner
JazzJazz2007 - Honor
The Road to ParisThe Road to Paris2007 - Honor
Poetry for Young People: Langston HughesPoetry for Young People: Langston Hughes2007 - Honor
Day of Tears: A Novel in DialogueDay of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue 2006 - Winner
Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American GirlMaritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl2006 - Honor
Dark SonsDark Sons2006 - Honor
A Wreath for Emmett TillA Wreath for Emmett Till2006 - Honor
RosaRosa2006 - Winner
Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of SudanBrothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan2006 - Honor
Ellington Was Not a StreetEllington Was Not a Street2005 - Winner
God Bless the ChildGod Bless the Child2005 - Honor
The People Could Fly: The Picture BookThe People Could Fly: The Picture Book2005 - Honor
Who Am I without Him?: Short Stories about Girls and the Boys in Their LivesWho Am I without Him?: Short Stories about Girls and the Boys in Their Lives2005 - Honor
Fortune’s Bones: The Manumission RequiemFortune’s Bones: The Manumission Requiem2005 - Honor
Remember: The Journey to School IntegrationRemember: The Journey to School Integration2005 - Winner
The Legend of Buddy BushThe Legend of Buddy Bush2005 - Honor
The Battle of JerichoThe Battle of Jericho2004 - Honor
Beautiful BlackbirdBeautiful Blackbird2004 - Winner
Almost to FreedomAlmost to Freedom2004 - Honor
Thunder RoseThunder Rose2004 - Honor
LocomotionLocomotion2004 - Honor
Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United StatesDays of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States2004 - Winner
The First Part LastThe First Part Last2004 - Winner
Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth ColemanTalkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman2003 - Honor
Visiting LangstonVisiting Langston2003 - Honor
Rap a Tap Tap: Here’s Bojangles—Think of ThatRap a Tap Tap: Here’s Bojangles—Think of That2003 - Winner
Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth ColemanTalkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman2003 - Winner
The Red Rose BoxThe Red Rose Box2003 - Honor
Bronx MasqueradeBronx Masquerade2003 - Winner
The LandThe Land2002 - Winner
Carver: A Life in PoemsCarver: A Life in Poems2002 - Honor
Money-HungryMoney-Hungry2002 - Honor
Martin’s Big WordsMartin’s Big Words2002 - Honor
Goin’ Someplace SpecialGoin’ Someplace Special2002 - Winner
Miracle’s BoysMiracle’s Boys2001 - Winner
Let It Shine! Stories of Black Women Freedom FightersLet It Shine! Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters2001 - Honor
UptownUptown2001 - Winner
Freedom RiverFreedom River2001 - Honor
Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner TruthOnly Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth2001 - Honor
Virgie Goes to School with Us BoysVirgie Goes to School with Us Boys2001 - Honor
Black CatBlack Cat2000 - Honor
My Rows and Piles of CoinsMy Rows and Piles of Coins2000 - Honor
In the Time of the DrumsIn the Time of the Drums2000 - Winner
Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American WhalersBlack Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalers2000 - Honor
MonsterMonster2000 - Honor
FrancieFrancie2000 - Honor
Bud, Not BuddyBud, Not Buddy2000 - Winner
I Have Heard of a LandI Have Heard of a Land1999 - Honor
The Other Side: Shorter PoemsThe Other Side: Shorter Poems1999 - Honor
Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His OrchestraDuke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra1999 - Honor
I See the RhythmI See the Rhythm1999 - Winner
The Bat Boy and His ViolinThe Bat Boy and His Violin1999 - Honor
Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence: The Story of New York’s African Burial GroundBreaking Ground, Breaking Silence: The Story of New York’s African Burial Ground1999 - Honor
Jazmin’s NotebookJazmin’s Notebook1999 - Winner
HeavenHeaven1999 - Winner
Forged by FireForged by Fire1998 - Winner
Bayard Rustin: Behind the Scenes of the Civil Rights MovementBayard Rustin: Behind the Scenes of the Civil Rights Movement1998 - Honor
I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed GirlI Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl1998 - Honor
In Daddy’s Arms I am Tall: African Americans Celebrating FathersIn Daddy’s Arms I am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers1998 - Winner
Ashley Bryan’s ABC of African American PoetryAshley Bryan’s ABC of African American Poetry1998 - Honor
HarlemHarlem1998 - Honor
The Hunterman and the CrocodileThe Hunterman and the Crocodile1998 - Honor
The Palm of My Heart: Poetry by African American ChildrenThe Palm of My Heart: Poetry by African American Children1997 - Honor
Neeny Coming, Neeny GoingNeeny Coming, Neeny Going1997 - Honor
Minty: A Story of Young Harriet TubmanMinty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman1997 - Winner
Running the Road to ABCRunning the Road to ABC1997 - Honor
SlamSlam1997 - Winner
Rebels Against Slavery: American Slave RevoltsRebels Against Slavery: American Slave Revolts1997 - Honor
Her StoriesHer Stories1996 - Winner
The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963The Watsons Go to Birmingham-19631996 - Honor
Like Sisters on the HomefrontLike Sisters on the Homefront1996 - Honor
From the Notebooks of Melanin SunFrom the Notebooks of Melanin Sun1996 - Honor
The Middle Passage: White Ships Black CargoThe Middle Passage: White Ships Black Cargo1996 - Winner
Her StoriesHer Stories1996 - Honor
The Faithful FriendThe Faithful Friend1996 - Honor
I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You ThisI Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This1995 - Honor
Meet Danitra Brown1995 - Honor
The CreationThe Creation1995 - Winner
Black Diamond: Story of the Negro Baseball LeagueBlack Diamond: Story of the Negro Baseball League1995 - Honor
The Singing ManThe Singing Man1995 - Honor
The CaptiveThe Captive1995 - Honor
Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the QuartersChristmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters1995 - Winner
Malcolm X: By Any Means NecessaryMalcolm X: By Any Means Necessary1994 - Honor
Uncle Jed’s BarbershopUncle Jed’s Barbershop1994 - Honor
Soul Looks Back in WonderSoul Looks Back in Wonder1994 - Winner
Brown Honey in Broom Wheat TeaBrown Honey in Broom Wheat Tea1994 - Honor
Brown Honey in Broom Wheat TeaBrown Honey in Broom Wheat Tea1994 - Honor
Toning the SweepToning the Sweep1994 - Winner
The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the SupernaturalThe Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural1993 - Winner
Mississippi ChallengeMississippi Challenge1993 - Honor
Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I a Woman?Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I a Woman?1993 - Honor
Somewhere in the DarknessSomewhere in the Darkness1993 - Honor
The Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation MythThe Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth1993 - Winner
Little Eight JohnLittle Eight John1993 - Honor
Sukey and the MermaidSukey and the Mermaid1993 - Honor
Working CottonWorking Cotton1993 - Honor
All Night, All Day: A Child’s First Book of African American SpiritualsAll Night, All Day: A Child’s First Book of African American Spirituals1992 - Honor
Night on Neighborhood StreetNight on Neighborhood Street1992 - Winner
Tar BeachTar Beach1992 - Winner
Night on Neighborhood StreetNight on Neighborhood Street1992 - Honor
Now is Your Time: The African American Struggle for FreedomNow is Your Time: The African American Struggle for Freedom1992 - Winner
The Road to MemphisThe Road to Memphis1991 - Winner
Black Dance in AmericaBlack Dance in America1991 - Honor
When I Am Old with YouWhen I Am Old with You1991 - Honor
AidaAida1991 - Winner
Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Freedom MovementMartin Luther King, Jr., and the Freedom Movement1990 - Honor
The Talking EggsThe Talking Eggs1990 - Honor
Nathaniel TalkingNathaniel Talking1990 - Winner
The Bells of ChristmasThe Bells of Christmas1990 - Honor
Nathaniel TalkingNathaniel Talking1990 - Honor
A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman PorterA Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter1990 - Winner
Fallen AngelsFallen Angels1989 - Winner
A Thief in the Village and Other StoriesA Thief in the Village and Other Stories1989 - Honor
Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive SlaveAnthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave1989 - Honor
Mirandy and Brother WindMirandy and Brother Wind1989 - Winner
Under the Sunday TreeUnder the Sunday Tree1989 - Honor
Storm in the NightStorm in the Night1989 - Honor
The Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer RabbitThe Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit1988 - Honor
What a Morning! The Christmas Story in Black SpiritualsWhat a Morning! The Christmas Story in Black Spirituals1988 - Honor
The Invisible Hunters: A Legend from the Miskito Indians of NicaraguaThe Invisible Hunters: A Legend from the Miskito Indians of Nicaragua1988 - Honor
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African TaleMufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale1988 - Winner
The FriendshipThe Friendship1988 - Winner
An Enchanted Hair TaleAn Enchanted Hair Tale1988 - Honor
Which Way FreedomWhich Way Freedom1987 - Honor
Lion and the Ostrich Chicks and Other African Folk TalesLion and the Ostrich Chicks and Other African Folk Tales1987 - Honor
Half a Moon and One Whole StarHalf a Moon and One Whole Star1987 - Winner
C.L.O.U.D.S.C.L.O.U.D.S.1987 - Honor
Lion and the Ostrich Chicks and Other African Folk TalesLion and the Ostrich Chicks and Other African Folk Tales1987 - Honor
Justin and the Best Biscuits in the WorldJustin and the Best Biscuits in the World1987 - Winner
The People Could Fly: American Black FolktalesThe People Could Fly: American Black Folktales1986 - Winner
Trouble’s ChildTrouble’s Child1986 - Winner
Junius Over FarJunius Over Far1986 - Honor
The Patchwork QuiltThe Patchwork Quilt1986 - Winner
The People Could Fly: American Black FolktalesThe People Could Fly: American Black Folktales1986 - Honor
A Little LoveA Little Love1985 - Honor
Circle of GoldCircle of Gold1985 - Honor
Motown and DidiMotown and Didi1985 - Winner
Because We AreBecause We Are1984 - Honor
The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr.The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr.1984 - Winner
My Mama Needs MeMy Mama Needs Me1984 - Winner
Lena HorneLena Horne1984 - Honor
Bright ShadowBright Shadow1984 - Honor
The Magical Adventures of Pretty PearlThe Magical Adventures of Pretty Pearl1984 - Honor
Everett Anderson’s GoodbyeEverett Anderson’s Goodbye1984 - Winner
This Strange New FeelingThis Strange New Feeling1983 - Honor
Black ChildBlack Child1983 - Winner
All the Colors of the RaceAll the Colors of the Race1983 - Honor
I’m Going to Sing: Black American SpiritualsI’m Going to Sing: Black American Spirituals1983 - Honor
Just Us WomenJust Us Women1983 - Honor
Sweet Whispers, Brother RushSweet Whispers, Brother Rush1983 - Winner
Let the Circle Be UnbrokenLet the Circle Be Unbroken1982 - Winner
Rainbow JordanRainbow Jordan1982 - Honor
Lou in the LimelightLou in the Limelight1982 - Honor
Mary: An AutobiographyMary: An Autobiography1982 - Honor
Mother Crocodile: An Uncle Amadou Tale from SengalMother Crocodile: An Uncle Amadou Tale from Sengal1982 - Winner
DaydreamersDaydreamers1982 - Honor
Beat the Story Drum, Pum-PumBeat the Story Drum, Pum-Pum1981 - Winner
Count on Your Fingers African StyleCount on Your Fingers African Style1981 - Honor
Don’t Explain: A Song of Billie HolidayDon’t Explain: A Song of Billie Holiday1981 - Honor
Grandmama’s JoyGrandmama’s Joy1981 - Winner
This LifeThis Life1981 - Winner
James Van Der Zee: The Picture Takin’ ManJames Van Der Zee: The Picture Takin’ Man1980 - Honor
The Young LandlordsThe Young Landlords1980 - Winner
Let the Lion Eat StrawLet the Lion Eat Straw1980 - Honor
CornrowsCornrows1980 - Winner
Andrew Young: Young Man with a MissionAndrew Young: Young Man with a Mission1980 - Honor
Childtimes: A Three-Generation MemoirChildtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir1980 - Honor
Movin’ UpMovin’ Up1980 - Honor
Benjamin BannekerBenjamin Banneker1979 - Honor
I Have a Sister, My Sister is DeafI Have a Sister, My Sister is Deaf1979 - Honor
Justice and Her BrothersJustice and Her Brothers1979 - Honor
Skates of Uncle RichardSkates of Uncle Richard1979 - Honor
Something on My MindSomething on My Mind1979 - Winner
Escape to FreedomEscape to Freedom1979 - Winner
Coretta Scott KingCoretta Scott King1978 - Honor
Africa DreamAfrica Dream1978 - Winner
Portia: The Life of Portia Washington Pittman, the Daughter of Booker T. WashingtonPortia: The Life of Portia Washington Pittman, the Daughter of Booker T. Washington1978 - Honor
The Days When the Animals Talked: Black Folk Tales and How They Came to BeThe Days When the Animals Talked: Black Folk Tales and How They Came to Be1978 - Honor
Mary McCleod BethuneMary McCleod Bethune1978 - Honor
Africa DreamAfrica Dream1978 - Winner
Marvin and TigeMarvin and Tige1978 - Honor
Barbara JordanBarbara Jordan1978 - Winner
The Story of Stevie WonderThe Story of Stevie Wonder1977 - Winner
Everett Anderson's FriendEverett Anderson's Friend1977 - Honor
Roll of Thunder, Hear my CryRoll of Thunder, Hear my Cry1977 - Honor
Quick Book on Black AmericaQuick Book on Black America1977 - Honor
Julius K. Nyerere: Teacher of AfricaJulius K. Nyerere: Teacher of Africa1976 - Honor
Paul RobesonPaul Robeson1976 - Honor
Fast Sam, Cool Clyde and StuffFast Sam, Cool Clyde and Stuff1976 - Honor
Song of the TreesSong of the Trees1976 - Honor
Duey’s TaleDuey’s Tale1976 - Winner
The Legend of AfricanaThe Legend of Africana1975 - Winner
Guest in the Promised LandGuest in the Promised Land1974 - Honor
Ray CharlesRay Charles1974 - Winner
MukasaMukasa1974 - Honor
Do You Remember?Do You Remember?1974 - Honor
Ms. Africa: Profiles of Modern African WomenMs. Africa: Profiles of Modern African Women1974 - Honor
A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a SandwichA Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich1974 - Honor
Ray CharlesRay Charles1974 - Winner
I Never Had it Made: The Autobiography of Jackie RobinsonI Never Had it Made: The Autobiography of Jackie Robinson1973 - Winner
17 Black Artists17 Black Artists1972 - Winner
Black Troubador: Langston HughesBlack Troubador: Langston Hughes1971 - Winner
I Know Why the Caged Bird SingsI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings1971 - Honor
Unbought and UnbossedUnbought and Unbossed 1971 - Honor
I Am a Black WomanI Am a Black Woman1971 - Honor
Every Man Heart Lay DownEvery Man Heart Lay Down1971 - Honor
The Voice of the ChildrenThe Voice of the Children1971 - Honor
Black MeansBlack Means1971 - Honor
Mary Jo's GrandmotherMary Jo's Grandmother1971 - Honor
Ebony Book of Black AchievementEbony Book of Black Achievement1971 - Honor
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Man of PeaceMartin Luther King, Jr.: Man of Peace1970 - Winner