Coretta Scott King Book Awards

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Coretta Scott King Book Awards


The Coretta Scott King Book Awards honor African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults that demonstrate sensitivity to "the African American experience via literature and illustration." The books - fiction or nonfiction - must have been published in the year prior to the award.

The award is designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to honor the late Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to work for peace and world brotherhood.

This year marks the 40th year that the Coretta Scott King Awards will be presented. The first presentation was in 1970 to Lillie Patterson, author of "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Man of Peace." The first award to an illustrator was presented in 1974 to George Ford for "Ray Charles," written by Sharon Bell Mathis. Mathis also received the Coretta Scott King author award.

The awards are administered by the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services. 


2009 Award Recipients

 

BBC News-  Coretta Scott King Author Book winner Kadir Nelson discusses "We are the Ship: The Story of the Negro League Baseball" with BBC News, March 2008.

 

Coretta Scott King Book Awards recognize an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults. “We Are the Ship: The Story of the Negro League Baseball,” written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, is the King Author Book winner. The book is published by Disney-Jump at the Sun, an imprint of Disney Book Group.
 “The Blacker the Berry,” illustrated by Floyd Cooper, written by Joyce Carol Thomas and published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, is the King Illustrator Book winner.

Three King Author Honor Books were selected: “The Blacker the Berry” by Joyce Carol Thomas, illustrated by Floyd Cooper and published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; “Keeping the Night Watch” by Hope Anita Smith, illustrated by E.B. Lewis and published by Henry Holt and Company; and “Becoming Billie Holiday” by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Floyd Cooper and published by Wordsong, an imprint of Boyds Mills Press, Inc.

Three Illustrator Honor Books were selected: “We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball” written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, published by Disney-Jump at the Sun, an imprint of Disney Book Group; “Before John Was a Jazz Giant” by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Sean Qualls, published by Henry Holt and Company; and “The Moon Over Star” by Dianna Hutts Aston, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, published by Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group.

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award. Shadra Strickland, illustrator of “Bird,” written by Zetta Elliott, is the Steptoe winner. The book is published by Lee & Low Books.

 Past winning titles


About Coretta Scott King

The King Center

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Coretta Scott King Speeches

 "A Coretta Scott King Special"- Pacifica Radio Archives
Three speeches from Coretta Scott King.
Part 1: Speech given at a Peace Rally in New York just over three weeks after her husband was slain on April 4th, 1968.
Part 2: This speech was given on Women's Day 1971.
Part 3: This third speech was given at an Anti-Nuclear Rally in 1983, from PZ0672.