Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award for New Talent

About the Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award for New Talent
The award is established to affirm new talent and to offer visibility to excellence in writing and/or illustration which otherwise might be formally unacknowledged within a given year within the structure of the two awards given annually by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee.
These books affirm new talent and offer visibility to excellence in writing or illustration at the beginning of a career as a published book creator.

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2014 Winner(s)

When the Beat was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop

illustrated by Theordore Taylor III, written by Laban Carrick Hill, published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership

Taylor's stylish artwork shows young Clive Campbell’s transformation into the DJ who helped launch hip-hop in the early 70’s. Using retro cartoon-style illustrations rendered in a palette that emphasizes browns, greens, reds and grays he transforms words on a page into a rhythmic beat that brings the words alive.

Born in Roanoke, Va. and currently living and working in Washington, D.C. Theodore Taylor III studied Communication Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. His skills include drawing, graphic design, web design, photography and casual beat making. Taylor finds inspiration in a variety of subjects including music, album covers, posters, animation, comics, video games, etc.