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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Author

2014 Winner(s)

P.S. Be Eleven

written by Rita Williams-Garcia, published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

In this spirited stand-alone sequel to “One Crazy Summer,” the Gaither sisters return to Brooklyn after a summer spent with their mother in Oakland, California. Delphine, Vonetta and Fern thrive in the tumultuous era of the late 1960s, but Delphine is tasked by her mother to, “P.S. Be Eleven.”

“With just the right touches of humor Williams-Garcia dances the reader through the 1960’s while highlighting the effects of music and politics on a modern family,” says Kim Patton, Coretta Scott King Book Award Jury Chair.

Rita Williams-Garcia, the author of the Newbery Honor–winning novel “One Crazy Summer,” also a winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, a National Book Award finalist and the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction. Residing in Jamaica, N.Y., she is on the faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.


2014 Honor(s)

Darius & Twig
written by Walter Dean Myers, published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

March: Book One
written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, published by Top Shelf Productrions

Words with Wings
written by Nikki Grimes, published by WordSong, an imprint of Highlights

Illustrator

2014 Winner(s)

Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me

illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Daniel Beaty, published by Little, Brown and Company, Hachette Book Group

In “Knock knock: my dad’s dream for me,” Bryan Collier brings to life Daniel Beaty’s powerful narrative of a son’s longing for his absent father. With his distinctive watercolor and collage technique, Collier captures the nuances of the urban setting and the son’s journey to manhood.

“Collier takes his work to a new level of tenderness using potent symbolic images to depict the complexities of this father-son relationship,” says Kim Patton, Coretta Scott King Book Award Jury Chair.

Collier, the 2014 U.S. nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Book Award. He lives with his family in Marlboro, N.Y. When not creating in his studio, he enjoys visiting classrooms and libraries to inspire a new generation of artists. 


2014 Honor(s)

Nelson Mandela
illustrated and written by Kadir Nelson, published by Katherine Tegen books, and imprint of HarperCollins Publishers