Coretta Scott King Book Awards

About the Coretta Scott King Book Awards
Designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards annually recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience.  Further, the Award encourages the artistic expression of the black experience via literature and the graphic arts in biographical, social, and historical treatments by African American authors and illustrators.

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Author Award

2012 Winner(s)

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans

Written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson and published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

2012 Honor(s)

The Great Migration: Journey to the North
Written by Eloise Greenfield, illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist, and published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Never Forgotten
Written by Patricia C. McKissack, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon, and published by Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

Illustrator Award

2012 Winner(s)

Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom

Illustrated and written by Shane W. Evans and published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership

2012 Honor(s)

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans
Illustrated and written by Kadir Nelson and published by Balzar + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers