New guide celebrates the 45th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Awards

For Immediate Release
Tue, 10/21/2014


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association


CHICAGO — Marking the 45th anniversary of the prestigious awards that honor the best in children’s and young adult literature representing the African American experience, the fifth edition of “The Coretta Scott King Awards,” published by ALA Editions, is an excellent tool for collection development,  readers’ advisory and classroom use. More than just a bibliography, this resource, edited by Carole J. McCollough and Adelaide Poniatowski Phelps, includes:

  • a selection of  biographical profiles introducing the creative artists and illustrators behind the award-winning books;
  • excerpts and color plates from many of the titles;
  • a subject index, ideal for curriculum planning.

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.  The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.  

McCollough is a retired associate professor and dean of the Library and Information Science program at Wayne State University. She has served as chair of both the Coretta Scott King Book Award Committee and jury. She was a reviewer for the Multicultural Literature Review Journal and a contributing reviewer to all four previous editions of “The Coretta Scott King Awards” book. Phelps is the recently retired coordinator of the Educational Resources Lab in the School of Education and Human Services at Oakland University and a former lecturer in children’s literature for the reading department there. She served two terms on the Coretta Scott King Book Award jury. In addition, she was a reviewer for the journal Multicultural Review; a contributing reviewer for the fourth edition of “The Coretta Scott King Awards” book; and a contributing author for “Weaving the Threads of Diversity: A School of Education’s Reflection on Current Practices,” an article that appeared in the journal Issues in Education: Preschool through Graduate School.

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