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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Illustrator Award

2018 Winner(s)

Mama Africa! How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song

Illustrated by Charly Palmer, written by Kathryn Erskine, and published by Farrar Straus Giroux

“Mama Africa! How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song” visually tells the story of the singer’s career through the use of vibrant, colorful illustrations that juxtapose her rise in fame in comparison to the South African people’s civil rights struggle with apartheid. Palmer’s bold illustrations expertly complement the text in a riveting duet.


Author Award

2018 Winner(s)

The Stars Beneath Our Feet

Written by David Barclay Moore and published by Alfred A. Knopf

“The Stars Beneath Our Feet” provides a realistic lens on the Black American experience and infuses it with heart, soul, and imagination. Moore plays with language, culture, stereotypes, and reality to create an engaging book that will resonate with youth in urban communities everywhere searching for positive survival techniques.