John Steptoe New Talent Award


The John Steptoe New Talent 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 Task Force.

 

Criteria

The criteria for eligibility will be the same as those for the writing and illustration awards, with the exception that the winner(s)' published works cannot exceed three in number. An author or illustrator who has already received or has just been selected to win one of the Coretta Scott King Awards in the current year is not eligible for the John Steptoe Award for New Talent. An author may receive this award one time.

One award will be presented annually for text or illustrations. The Committee may choose to select one book for writing and a second book for illustration. The award need not be given if the committee so decides in a particular year.

Award Winners

2014

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 .

2013

No award presented.

2012

No award presented.

2011

Victoria Bond and T. R. Simon, authors of Zora and Me (Candlewick Press).

2010

Kekla Magoon, author of The Rock and the River (Aladdin, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division)

2009

Shadra Strickland, author of Bird (Lee & Low Books)

2008

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

2007

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

2006

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

2005

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

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

Elbrite Brown, illustrator of My Family Plays Music, written by Judy Cox (Holiday House)

2003

Janet McDonald, author of Chill Wind (Frances Foster Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Randy DuBurke, illustrator and author of The Moon Ring (Chronicle Books)

2002

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

2001

No award presented.

2000

No award presented.

1999

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

No award presented.

1997

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

1996

No award presented.

1995

Sharon Draper, author of Tears of a Tiger (Simon & Schuster)