Coretta Scott King Book Awards - All Recipients, 1970-Present

2014

2014 Author Award Winner

Rita Williams-Garcia, author of “P.S. Be Eleven” 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.”

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 Illustrator Award Winner

Bryan Collierillustrator of “Knock knock: my dad’s dream for me” illustrated by Bryan Collier and 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.

2014 John Steptoe Award for New Talent

Theodore Taylor III, illustrator of for “When the beat was born: DJ Kool Herc and the creation of hip hop” written by Laban Carrick Hill and 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 greys he transforms words on a page into a rhythmic beat that brings the words alive.  

2014 Author Honor

John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, authors of “March: Book One," illustrated by Nate Powell, and published by Top Shelf Productions

Walter Dean Myers, authors of “Darius & Twig,” published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publisher

Nikki Grimes, author of “Words with Wings,” published by WordSong, an imprint of Highlights

2014 Illustrator Honor

Kadir Nelson, illustrator and author of “Nelson Mandela,” published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

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2013

Author Award Winner

  • Andrea Davis Pinkney, author of Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America, published by Disney/Jump at the Sun Books, an imprint of Disney Book Group.

Illustrator Award Winner

  • Bryan Collier, illustrator of I, Too, Am America, published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division. 

Author Honor

  • Jacqueline Woodson, author of Each Kindness, illustrated by E. B. Lewis, and published by Nancy Paulsen Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, author of No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Micheaux, Harlem Bookseller, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, and published by Carolrhoda Lab, an imprint of Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.

Illustrator Honor

  • Daniel Minter, illustrator of Ellen’s Broom, written by Kelly Starling Lyons, and published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Christopher Myers, illustrator and author of H. O. R. S. E., published by Egmont USA
  • Kadir Nelson, illustrator of I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr., written by Martin Luther King, Jr., and published by Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

No award presented

Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

  • Demetria Tucker, Family and youth services librarian for the Pearl Bailey Library, a branch of the Newport News (Va.) Public Library System

2012

Author Award Winner 

  • Kadir Nelson, author and illustrator of Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans (Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)

Illustrator Award Winner      

  • Shane W. Evans, author and illustrator of Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom (A Neal Porter Book, published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership)

Author Honor 

  • Eloise Greenfield, author of The Great Migration: Journey to the North, illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist (Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Patricia C. McKissack, Never Forgotten, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon (Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.)

Illustrator Honor  

  • Kadir Nelson, author and illustrator of Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans (Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

No award presented. 

Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

  • Ashley Bryan, storyteller, artist, author, poet, and musician

 


2011

Author Award Winner

  • Rita Williams-Garcia, author of One Crazy Summer (Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)

Illustrator Award Winner

  • Bryan Collier, illustrator of Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, written by Laban Carrick Hill (Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.)  

Author Honor

  • Walter Dean Myers, author of Lockdown (Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Jewell Parker Rhodes, author of Ninth Ward (Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.)
  • G. Neri, author of Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty, illustrated by Randy DuBurke (Lee & Low Books, Inc.)

Illustrator Honor

  • Javaka Steptoe, author of Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix, written by Gary Golio (Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company)

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

  • Victoria Bond and T. R. Simon, authors of Zora and Me (Candlewick Press)
  • Sonia Lynn Sadler, illustrator of Seeds of Change, written by Jen Cullerton Johnson (Lee & Low Books, Inc.)

Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

  • Dr. Henrietta Mays Smith, professor emerita at the University of South Florida, Tampa, School of Library and Information Science 

 


2010

Author Award Winner
  • Vaunda  Micheaux Nelson, author of Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie (Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.).
Illustrator Award Winner
  • Charles R. Smith, Jr., illustrator of My People, text by Langston Hughes (ginee seo books, Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
Author Honor
  • Tanita S. Davis, author of Mare’s War (Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.)
Illustrator Honor
  • E.B. Lewis, illustrator of The Negro Speaks of Rivers; text by Langston Hughes (Disney - Jump at the Sun Books, an imprint of Disney Book Group)
John Steptoe Award for New Talent
  • Kekla Magoon, author of The Rock and the River (Aladdin, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division)
Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement (inaugural year)
  • Walter Dean Myers, author

 


2009

Author Award Winner
  • Kadir Nelson, author and illustrator of We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball (Disney-Jump at the Sun, an imprint of Disney Book Group)
Illustrator Award Winner
  • Floyd Cooper, illustrator of The Blacker the Berry, written by Joyce Carol Thomas (Joanna Cotler Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
Author Honor
  • Hope Anita Smith, author of Keeping the Night Watch (Henry Holt and Company)
  • Joyce Carol Thomas, author of The Blacker the Berry, illustrated by Floyd Cooper (Joanna Cotler Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Carole Boston Weatherford, author of Becoming Billie Holiday (Wordsong, an imprint of Boyds Mills Press, Inc.)
Illustrator Honor
  • Kadir Nelson, author and illustrator of We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball (Disney-Jump at the Sun, an imprint of Disney Book Group)
  • Jerry Pinkney, illustrator of The Moon Over Star, written by Diana Hutts Aston (Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group)
  • Sean Qualls, illustrator of Before John Was a Jazz Giant, by Carole Boston Weatherford (Henry Holt and Company)

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

  • Shadra Strickland, illustrator of Bird, written by Zetta Elliott (Lee & Low Books) 

 


2008

Author Award Winner
  • Christopher Paul Curtis, author of Elijah of Buxton (Scholastic)
Illustrator Award Winner
  • Ashley Bryan, author and illustrator of Let it Shine (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
Author Honor
  • Sharon M. Draper, author of November Blues (Atheneum Books for Young Adults)
  • Charles R. Smith, Jr., author of Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali, illustrated by Bryan Collier (Candlewick Press)
Illustrator Honor
  • Nancy Devard, illustrator of The Secret Olivia Told Me, written by N. Joy (Just Us Books)
  • Leo and Diane Dillon, authors and illustrators of Jazz On A Saturday Night (Scholastic Blue Sky Press)

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

  • Sundee T. Frazier, author of Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything In It (Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children's Books) 

 


2007

Author Award Winner
  • Sharon Draper, author of Copper Sun (Simon & Schuster/Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
Illustrator Award Winner
  • Kadir Nelson, illustrator of Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, written by Carole Boston Weatherford (Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children)
Author Honor
  • Nikki Grimes, author of The Road to Paris (G.P. Putnum’s Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group)
Illustrator Honor
  • Christopher Myers, illustrator of Jazz, written by Walter Dean Myers (Holiday House, Inc.)
  • Benny Andrews, illustrator of Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes, edited by David Roessel and Arnold Rampersad (Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.)

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

  • Traci L. Jones, author of Standing Against the Wind (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

 


2006

Author Award Winner

  • Julius Lester, author of Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue (Jump at the Sun, an imprint of Hyperion Books for Children)

Illustrator Award Winner

  • Bryan Collier, illustrator of Rosa, written by Nikki Giovanni (Henry Holt and Company).

Author Honor

  • Tonya Bolden, author of Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl (Harry N. Abrams, Inc.)
  • Nikki Grimes, author of Dark Sons (Jump at the Sun, an imprint of Hyperion Books for Children)
  • Marilyn Nelson, author of A Wreath for Emmett Till, illustrated by Philippe Lardy (Houghton Mifflin Company)

Illustrator Honor

  • R. Gregory Christie, illustrator of Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan, written by Mary Williams (Lee and Low Books)

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

  • Jaime Adoff, author of Jimi & Me (Jump at the Sun, an imprint of Hyperion Books for Children)

 


2005

Author Award Winner

  • Toni Morrison, author of Remember: The Journey to School Integration (Houghton Mifflin)

Illustrator Award Winner

  • Kadir A. Nelson, illustrator of Ellington Was Not a Street, written by Ntozake Shange (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

Author Honor

  • Shelia P. Moses, author of The Legend of Buddy Bush (Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster)
  • Sharon G. Flake, author of Who Am I without Him?: Short Stories about Girls and the Boys in Their Lives (Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children)
  • Marilyn Nelson, author of Fortune’s Bones: The Manumission Requiem (Front Street)

Illustrator Honor

  • Jerry Pinkney, illustrator of God Bless the Child, text by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog Jr. (Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Leo and Diane Dillon, illustrators of The People Could Fly: The Picture Book, written by Virginia Hamilton (Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children's)

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

  • Barbara Hathaway, author of  Missy Violet and Me (Houghton Mifflin)
  • Frank Morrison, illustrator of Jazzy Miz Mozetta, written by Brenda C. Roberts (Farrar Straus Giroux)

 


2004

Author Award Winner

  • Angela Johnson, author of The First Part Last (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

Illustrator Award Winner

  • Ashley Bryan, author and illustrator of Beautiful Blackbird (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)

Author Honor

  • Patricia C. and Fredrick L. McKissack, authors of Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States (Scholastic)
  • Jacqueline Woodson, author of Locomotion (Grosset & Dunlap)
  • Sharon Draper, author of The Battle of Jericho (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)

Illustrator Honor

  • Colin Bootman, illustrator of Almost to Freedom, written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (Carolrhoda Books)
  • Kadir Nelson, illustrator of Thunder Rose, written by Jerdine Nolen (Silver Whistle)

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

  • Hope Anita Smith, author of The Way a Door Closes, illustrated by Shane W. Evans (Henry Holt)

 


2003

Author Award Winner

  • Nikki Grimes, author of Bronx Masquerade (Dial Books for Young Readers)

Illustrator Award Winner

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

Author Honor

  • Brenda Woods, author of The Red Rose Box (G. P. Putnam’s Sons)
  • Nikki Grimes, author of Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman, illustrated by E.B. Lewis (Orchard Books/Scholastic)

Illustrator Honor

  • Leo and Diane Dillon, authors and illustrators of Rap a Tap Tap: Here’s Bojangles—Think of That (Blue Sky Press/Scholastic)
  • Bryan Collier, illustrator of Visiting Langston, written by Willie Perdomo (Henry Holt & Co.)

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

  • Janet McDonald, author of Chill Wind (Frances Foster Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Randy DuBurke, author and illustrator of The Moon Ring (Chronicle Books)

 


2002

Author Award Winner

  • Mildred Taylor, author of The Land (Phyllis Fogelman Books/Penguin Putnam)

Illustrator Award Winner

  • Jerry Pinkney, illustrator of Goin’ Someplace Special, written by Patricia McKissack (Anne Schwartz Book/Atheneum)

Author Honor 

  • Sharon G. Flake, author of Money-Hungry (Jump at the Sun/Hyperion)
  • Marilyn Nelson, author of Carver: A Life in Poems (Front Street)

Illustrator Honor  

  • Bryan Collier, illustrator of Martin’s Big Words, written Doreen Rappoport (Jump at the Sun/Hyperion)

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

  • Jerome Lagarrigue, illustrator of Freedom Summer, written by Deborah Wiles (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)

 


2001

Author Award Winner

  • Jacqueline Woodson, author of Miracle’s Boys (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

Illustrator Award Winner

  • Bryan Collier, author and illustrator of Uptown (Henry Holt)

Author Honor 

  • Andrea Davis Pinkney, author of Let It Shine! Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters, illustrated by Stephen Alcorn (Gulliver Books, Harcourt)

Illustrator Honor 

  • Bryan Collier, illustrator of Freedom River, written by Doreen Rapport (Jump at the Sun/Hyperion)
  • R. Gregory Christie, illustrator of Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth, written Anne Rockwell (Random House)
  •  E.B. Lewis, illustrator of Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys, written by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard (Simon & Schuster)

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

No award presented. 

 


2000

Author Award Winner

  • Christopher Paul Curtis, author of Bud, Not Buddy (Delacorte)

Illustrator Award Winner  

  • Brian Pinkney, illustrator of In the Time of the Drums, written by Kim L. Siegelson (Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children)

Author Honor 

  • Karen English, author of Francie (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Patricia C. and Fredrick L. McKissack, authors of Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalers  (Scholastic Press)
  • Walter Dean Myers, author of Monster (HarperCollins)

Illustrator Honor

  • E. B. Lewis, illustrator of My Rows and Piles of Coins, written by Tololwa M. Mollel (Clarion Books)
  • Christopher Myers, author and illustrator of Black Cat (Scholastic)

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

No award presented. 

 


1999

Author Award Winner

  • Angela Johnson, author of Heaven (Simon & Schuster)

Illustrator Award Winner

  • Michele Wood, illustrator of I See the Rhythm, written by Toyomi Igus (Children’s Book Press)

Author Honor 

  • Nikki Grimes, author of Jazmin’s Notebook (Dial Books)
  • Joyce Hansen and Gary McGowan, authors of Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence: The Story of New York’s African Burial Ground (Henry Holt and Company)
  • Angela Johnson, author of The Other Side: Shorter Poems (Orchard Books)

Illustrator Honor

  • Floyd Cooper, illustrator of I Have Heard of a Land, written by Joyce Carol Thomas (Joanna Cotler Books/HarperCollins)
  • E. B. Lewis, illustrator of The Bat Boy and His Violin, written by Gavin Curtis (Simon & Schuster)
  • Brian Pinkney, illustrator of Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra, written by Andrea Davis Pinkney (Hyperion Books for Children)

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

  • Sharon Flake, author of The Skin I'm In (Jump at the Sun/Hyperion)
  • Eric Velasquez, illustrator of The Piano Man, written by Debbie Chocolate (Walker Books for Young Readers)

 


1998

Author Award Winner

  • Sharon M. Draper, author of Forged by Fire (Atheneum)

Illustrator Award Winner

  • Javaka Steptoe, illustrator of In Daddy’s Arms I am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers, written by Alan Schroeder (Lee & Low)

Author Honor 

  • James Haskins, author of Bayard Rustin: Behind the Scenes of the Civil Rights Movement (Hyperion)
  • Joyce Hansen, author of I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl (Scholastic)

Illustrator Honor 

  • Ashley Bryan, author and illustrator of Ashley Bryan’s ABC of African American Poetry (Jean Karl/Atheneum)
  • Christopher Myers, illustrator of Harlem, written by Walter Dean Myers (Scholastic)
  • Baba Wagué Diakité, illustrator of The Hunterman and the Crocodile (Scholastic)

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

No award presented.

 


1997

Author Award Winner

  • Walter Dean Myers, author of Slam (Scholastic)

Illustrator Award Winner

  • Jerry Pinkney, illustrator of Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman, written by Alan Schroeder (Dial Books for Young Readers)

Author Honor

  • Patricia C. & Fredrick L. McKissack, authors of Rebels Against Slavery: American Slave Revolts (Scholastic)

Illustrator Honor

  • R. Gregory Christie, illustrator of The Palm of My Heart: Poetry by African American Children, edited by Davida Adedjouma (Lee & Low Books Inc.)
  • Reynold Ruffins, illustrator of Running the Road to ABC, written by Denize Lauture (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Synthia Saint James, illustrator of Neeny Coming, Neeny Going, written by Karen English (BridgeWater Books)

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

  •  Martha Southgate, author of Another Way to Dance (Delacorte)

 


1996

Author Award Winner

  • Virginia Hamilton, author of Her Stories, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon (Scholastic/Blue Sky Press)

Illustrator Award Winner

  • Tom Feelings, illustrator of The Middle Passage: White Ships Black Cargo (Dial Books for Young Readers)

Author Honor 

  • Christopher Paul Curtis, author of The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 (Delacorte)
  • Rita Williams-Garcia, author of Like Sisters on the Homefront (Delacorte)
  • Jacqueline Woodson, author of From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun (Scholastic/Blue Sky Press)

Illustrator Honor 

  • Leo and Diane Dillon, illustrators of Her Stories, written by Virginia Hamilton (Scholastic/Blue Sky Press)
  • Brian Pinkney, illustrator of The Faithful Friend, written by Robert San Souci (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

John Steptoe Award for New Talent

No award presented. 

 


1995

Author Award Winner

  • Patricia C. & Fredrick L. McKissack, authors of Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters (Scholastic)

Illustrator Award Winner

  • James Ransome, illustrator of The Creation, text by James Weldon Johnson (Holiday House)

Author Honor  

  • Joyce Hansen, author of The Captive (Scholastic)
  • Jacqueline Woodson, author of I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This (Delacorte)
  • Patricia C. & Fredrick L. McKissack , authors of Black Diamond: Story of the Negro Baseball League (Scholastic)

Illustrator Honor 

  • Terea Shaffer, illustrator of The Singing Man, written by Angela Shelf Medearis (Holiday House)
  • Floyd Cooper, illustrator of Meet Danitra Brown, written by Nikki Grimes (Lothrop, Lee & Shepard)
 
John Steptoe Award for New Talent (inaugural year)
  • Sharon Draper, author of Tears of a Tiger (Simon & Schuster)

 


1994

Author Award Winner

  • Angela Johnson, author of Toning the Sweep (Orchard)

Illustrator Award Winner

  • Tom Feelings, illustrator of Soul Looks Back in Wonder, edited by Phyllis Fogelman (Dial Books for Young Readers)

Author Honor

  • Joyce Carol Thomas, author of Brown Honey in Broom Wheat Tea, illustrated by Floyd Cooper (HarperCollins)
  • Walter Dean Myers, author of Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary (Scholastic)

Illustrator Honor 

  • Floyd Cooper, illustrator of Brown Honey in Broom Wheat Tea, written by Joyce Carol Thomas (HarperCollins)
  • James Ransome, illustrator of Uncle Jed’s Barbershop, written by Margaree King Mitchell (Simon & Schuster)
 
 

1993

Author Award Winner

  • Patricia C. McKissack, author of The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural, illustrated by Brian Pinkney (Knopf)

Illustrator Award Winner

  • Kathleen Atkins Wilson, illustrator of The Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth, retold by David A. Anderson/SANKOFA (Sights)

Author Honor 

  • Mildred Pitts Walter, author of Mississippi Challenge (Bradbury)
  • Patricia C. & Fredrick L. McKissack, authors of Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I a Woman? (Scholastic)
  • Walter Dean Myers, author of Somewhere in the Darkness (Scholastic)

Illustrator Honor 

  • Wil Clay, illustrator of Little Eight John, written by Jan Wahl (Lodestar)
  • Brian Pinkney, illustrator of Sukey and the Mermaid, written by Robert San Souci (Four Winds)
  • Carole Byard, illustrator of Working Cotton, written by Sherley Anne Williams (Harcourt)
 
 

1992

Author Award Winner

  • Walter Dean Myers, author of Now is Your Time: The African American Struggle for Freedom (HarperCollins)

Illustrator Award Winner

  • Faith Ringgold, illustrator of Tar Beach (Crown)

Author Honor 

  • Eloise Greenfield, author of Night on Neighborhood Street, illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist (Dial)

Illustrator Honor

  • Ashley Bryan, illustrator of All Night, All Day: A Child’s First Book of African American Spirituals (Atheneum)
  • Jan Spivey Gilchrist, illustrator of Night on Neighborhood Street, written by Eloise Greenfield (Dial)
 

1991

Author Award Winner

  • Mildred D. Taylor, author of The Road to Memphis (Dial)

Illustrator Award Winner

  • Leo and Diane Dillon, illustrators of Aida, written by Leontyne Price (Harcourt)

Author Honor 

  • James Haskins, author of Black Dance in America (Crowell)
  • Angela Johnson, author of When I Am Old with You (Orchard)
 

1990

Author Award Winner

  • Patricia C. & Fredrick L. McKissack, authors of A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter (Walker)

Illustrator Award Winner

  • Jan Spivey Gilchrist, illustrator of Nathaniel Talking, written by Eloise Greenfield (Black Butterfly)

Author Honor 

  • Eloise Greenfield, author of Nathaniel Talking, illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist (Black Butterfly)
  • Virginia Hamilton, author of The Bells of Christmas, illustrated by Lambert Davis (Harcourt)
  • Lillie Patterson, author of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Freedom Movement (Facts on File)

Illustrator Honor

  • Jerry Pinkney, illustrator of The Talking Eggs, written by Robert San Souci (Dial)
 

1989

Author Award Winner

  • Walter Dean Myers, author of Fallen Angels (Scholastic)

Illustrator Award Winner

  • Jerry Pinkney, illustrator of Mirandy and Brother Wind, written by Patricia McKissack (Knopf)

Author Honor 

  • James Berry, author of A Thief in the Village and Other Stories (Orchard)
  • Virginia Hamilton, author of Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave (Knopf)

Illustrator Honor Books

  • Amos Ferguson, illustrator of Under the Sunday Tree, written by Eloise Greenfield (Harper)
  • Pat Cummings, illustrator of Storm in the Night, written by Mary Stolz (Harper)
 
 

1988

Author Award Winner

  • Mildred L. Taylor, author of The Friendship (Dial)

Illustrator Award Winner

  • John Steptoe, illustrator of Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale (Lothrop)

Author Honor 

  • Alexis De Veaux, author of An Enchanted Hair Tale (Harper)
  • Julius Lester, author of The Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit (Dial)

Illustrator Honor 

  • Ashley Bryan, illustrator of What a Morning! The Christmas Story in Black Spirituals, selected by John Langstaff (Macmillan)
  • JoeSam, illustrator of The Invisible Hunters: A Legend from the Miskito Indians of Nicaragua, compiled by Harriet Rohmer, et al (Children’s Press)
 
 

1987

Author Award Winner

  • Mildred Pitts Walter, author of Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World, illustrated by Catherine Stock (Lothrop)

Illustrator Award Winner

  • Jerry Pinkney, illustrator of Half a Moon and One Whole Star, written by Crescent Dragonwagon (Macmillan)

Author Honor

  • Ashley Bryan, author and illustrator of Lion and the Ostrich Chicks and Other African Folk Tales (Atheneum)
  • Joyce Hansen, author of Which Way Freedom (Walker)

Illustrator Honor 

  • Ashley Bryan, author and illustrator of Lion and the Ostrich Chicks and Other African Folk Tales (Atheneum)
  • Pat Cummings, author and illustrator of C.L.O.U.D.S. (Lothrop)
 
 

1986

Author Award Winner

  • Virginia Hamilton, author of The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon (Knopf)

Illustrator Award Winner

  • Jerry Pinkney, illustrator of The Patchwork Quilt, written by Valerie Flournoy (Dial)

Author Honor 

  • Virginia Hamilton, author of Junius Over Far (Harper)
  • Mildred Pitts Walter, author of Trouble’s Child  (Lothrop)

Illustrator Honor 

  • Leo and Diane Dillon, illustrators of The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales, written by Virginia Hamilton (Knopf)
 

1985

Author Award Winner

  • Walter Dean Myers, author of Motown and Didi (Viking)

Illustrator Award Winner

No award presented.

Author Honor 

  • Candy Dawson Boyd, author of Circle of Gold  (Apple/Scholastic)
  • Virginia Hamilton, author of A Little Love (Philomel)
 

1984

Author Award Winner

  •  Lucille Clifton, author of Everett Anderson’s Goodbye, illustrated by Ann Grifalconi (Holt)

Illustrator Award Winner

  • Pat Cummings, illustrator of My Mama Needs Me, written by Mildred Pitts Walter (Lothrop)

Author Honor

  • Virginia Hamilton, author of The Magical Adventures of Pretty Pearl (Harper)
  • James Haskins, author of Lena Horne (Coward-McCann)
  • Joyce Carol Thomas, author of Bright Shadow (Avon)
  • Mildred Pitts Walter, author of Because We Are (Lothrop)

Special Citation

The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr., compiled by Coretta Scott King (Newmarket Press)
 
 

1983

Author Award Winner

  • Virginia Hamilton, author of Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush (Amistad)

Illustrator Award Winner

  • Peter Magubane, photographer and author of Black Child (Knopf)

Author Honor

  • Julius Lester, author of This Strange New Feeling (Dial)

Illustrator Honor

  • John Steptoe, illustrator of All the Colors of the Race, written by Arnold Adoff (Lothrop)
  • Ashley Bryan, illustrator of I’m Going to Sing: Black American Spirituals (Atheneum)
  • Pat Cummings, illustrator of Just Us Women, written by Jeanette Caines (Harper)

 


1982

Author Award Winner

  • Mildred D. Taylor, author of Let the Circle Be Unbroken (Dial)

Illustrator Award Winner

  • John Steptoe, illustrator of Mother Crocodile: An Uncle Amadou Tale from Sengal, written by Rosa Guy (Delacorte)

Author Honor

  • Alice Childress, author of Rainbow Jordan (Coward-McCann)
  • Kristin Hunter, author of Lou in the Limelight (Scribner)
  • Mary E. Mebane, author of Mary: An Autobiography (Viking)

Illustrator Honor

  • Tom Feelings, illustrator of Daydreamers, written by Eloise Greenfield (Dial)
 
 

1981

Author Award Winner

  • Sidney Poitier, author of This Life (Knopf)

Illustrator Award Winner

  • Ashley Bryan, illustrator of Beat the Story Drum, Pum-Pum (Atheneum)

Author Honor 

  • Alexis De Veaux, author of Don’t Explain: A Song of Billie Holiday (Harper)

Illustrator Honor

  • Carole Byard, illustrator of Grandmama’s Joy, written by Eloise Greenfield (Collins)
  • Jerry Pinkney, illustrator of Count on Your Fingers African Style, written by Claudia Zaslavsky (Crowell)
 
 

1980

Author Award Winner

  • Walter Dean Myers, author of The Young Landlords (Viking)
Illustrator Award Winner
  • Carole Byard, illustrator of Cornrows, written by Camille Yarbrough (Coward-McCann)
Author Honor 
  • Berry Gordy, author of Movin’ Up (Harper)
  • Eloise Greenfield and Lessie Jones Little, authors of Childtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir (Harper)
  • James Haskins, author of Andrew Young: Young Man with a Mission (Lothrop)
  • James Haskins, author of James Van Der Zee: The Picture Takin’ Man (Dodd)
  • Ellease Southerland, author of Let the Lion Eat Straw  (Scribner)
 
 

1979

Author Award Winner

  • Ossie Davis, author of Escape to Freedom (Viking)
Illustrator Award Winner
  • Tom Feelings, illustrator of Something on My Mind, written by Nikki Grimes (Dial)
Author Honor  
  • Lillie Patterson, author of Benjamin Banneker (Abingdon)
  • Jeanne W. Peterson, author of I Have a Sister, My Sister is Deaf (Harper)
  • Virginia Hamilton, author of Justice and Her Brothers (Greenwillow)
  • Carol Fenner, author of Skates of Uncle Richard (Random)
 
 

1978

Author Award Winner

  • Eloise Greenfield, author of Africa Dream, illustrated by Carole Byard (Crowell)

Illustrator Award Winner

 
  • Carole Bayard, illustrator of Africa Dream, written by Eloise Greenfield (Crowell)

Author Honor

  • William J. Faulkner, author of The Days When the Animals Talked: Black Folk Tales and How They Came to Be (Follett)
  • Frankcina Glass, author of Marvin and Tige (St. Martin’s)
  • Eloise Greenfield, author of Mary McCleod Bethune (Crowell)
  • James Haskins, author of Barbara Jordan (Dial)
  • Lillie Patterson, author of Coretta Scott King (Garrard)
  • Ruth Ann Stewart, author of Portia: The Life of Portia Washington Pittman, the Daughter of Booker T. Washington (Doubleday)
 
 

1977

Author Award Winner

  •  James Haskins, author of The Story of Stevie Wonder (Lothrop)
Illustrator Award Winner
 
No award presented.

Author Honor 

  • Lucille Clifton, author of Everett Anderson's Friend (Holt)
  • Mildred D. Taylor, author of Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry (Dial)
  • Clarance N. Blake and Donald F. Martin, authors of Quick Book on Black America (Houghton)
 
 

1976

Author Award Winner

  • Pearl Bailey, author of Duey’s Tale (Harcourt)
Illustrator Award Winner
 
No award presented. 

Author Honor 

  • Shirley Graham, author of Julius K. Nyerere: Teacher of Africa (Messner)
  • Eloise Greenfield, author of Paul Robeson (Crowell)
  • Walter Dean Myers, author of Fast Sam, Cool Clyde and Stuff (Viking)
  • Mildred D. Taylor, author of Song of the Trees (Dial)
 
 

1975

Author Award Winner

  • Dorothy Robinson, author of The Legend of Africana (Johnson Publishing)
Illustrator Award Winner
 
No award presented.
 
 

1974

Author Award Winner

  • Sharon Bell Mathis, author of Ray Charles, illustrated by George Ford (Crowell)
Illustrator Award Winner(inaugural year)
  • George Ford, illustrator of Ray Charles, written by Sharon Bell Mathis (Crowell)
Author Honor 
  • Alice Childress, author of A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich (Coward-McCann)
  • Lucille Clifton, author of Do You Remember? (Dutton)
  • Louise Crane, author of Ms. Africa: Profiles of Modern African Women (Lippincott)
  • Kristin Hunter, author of Guest in the Promised Land (Scribner)
  • John Nagenda, author of Mukasa (MacMillan)
 
 

1973

Author Award Winner

  • Jackie Robinson and Alfred Duckett, authors of I Never Had it Made: The Autobiography of Jackie Robinson (Putnam)

 


1972

Author Award Winner

  • Elton C. Fax, author of 17 Black Artists (Dodd)

 


1971

Author Award Winner

  • Charlemae Rollins, author of Black Troubador: Langston Hughes (Rand McNally)
Author Honor
  • Maya Angelou, author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Random)
  • Shirley Chisholm, author of Unbought and Unbossed (Houghton)
  • Mari Evans, author of I Am a Black Woman (Morrow)
  • Lorenz Graham, author of Every Man Heart Lay Down (Crowell)
  • June Jordan and Terri Bush, authors of The Voice of the Children (Holt)
  • Gladys Groom and Bonnie Grossman, authors of Black Means (Hill & Wang)
  • Margaret W. Peters, author of Ebony Book of Black Achievement (Johnson Publishing)
  • Janice May Udry, author of Mary Jo's Grandmother (Whitman)
 
 

1970

Author Award Winner 

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