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.
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2022 Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners and Honors
2022 Author Winner
The 2022 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Author Winner is Carole Boston Weatherford, author of "Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre". "Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre", published by Carlrhoda Books, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group Inc., provides a powerful look at the 1921 Tulsa race massacre, one of the worst incidents of racial violence in our nation's history.
Carole Boston Weatherford is a Newbery Honor author, New York Times best-seller and two-time NAACP Image Award winner. Since her 1995 debut, she has published 50-plus books, including multiple Coretta Scott King and Caldecott Awards and Honors.
2022 Illustrator Winner
The 2022 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Illustrator Winner is Floyd Cooper, illustrator of "Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre". "Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre", published by Carlrhoda Books, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group Inc., provides a powerful look at the 1921 Tulsa race massacre, one of the worst incidents of racial violence in our nation's history. “Using oil and erasure for his illustrations, the late, great Mr. Cooper brought to life one of America’s darkest and most devastating events in lifelike paintings that are full of emotion and detail.” said Jason Driver, 2022 CSK Jury Chair.
Floyd Cooper received a Coretta Scott King Award for his Illustrations for the Blacker the Berry and won Coretta Scott King honors for “Brown honey in Broom Wheat Tea”, “Meet Danitra Brown”, and “I Have Heard of a Land”. Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he first heard about the Tulsa Race Massacre from his grandfather, who survived it as a young man. Cooper passes away in July 2021 making Unspeakable one of his last projects.
2022 John Steptoe Award for New Talent (Author)
The 2022 Coretta Scott King Book Awards John Steptoe Award for New Talent Author goes to Amber McBride for “Me (Moth),” published by Feiwell and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing Group. The Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent affirms new talent and offers visibility for excellence in writing and/or illustration at the beginning of a career as a published African American creator of children’s books. Me (Moth) is McBride's debut novel.
2022 John Steptoe Award for New Talent (Illustrator)
The 2022 Coretta Scott King Book Awards John Steptoe Award for New Talent Illustrator goes to Regis and Kahran Bethencourt for The Me I Choose to Be” published by Little, Brown, and Company. The Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent affirms new talent and offers visibility for excellence in writing and/or illustration at the beginning of a career as a published African American creator of children’s books.
2022 Author Honor Books
“Home Is Not A Country” by Safia Elhillo, published by Make Me A World, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House.
“Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People” by Kekla Magoon, published by Candlewick Press
“The People Remember” by Ibi Zoboi, illustrated by Loveis Wise, published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers
2022 Illustrator Honor Books
"Nina: A Story of Nina Simone” illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Traci N. Todd, and published by by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House
“We Wait for the Sun” Illustrated by Raissa Figueroa, written by Dovey Johnson Roundtree & Katie McCabe, and published by Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing Group
“Soul Food Sunday” illustrated by C.G. Esperanza, written by Winsome Bingham, and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS
Read the complete press release to the 2022 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Winners and Honors here.
2022 Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement (Author/Illustrator)
Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the 2022 Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award pays tribute to the quality and magnitude of beloved children’s author Virginia Hamilton.
Nikki Grimes has been widely recognized for her distinguished contribution to children’s and young adult literature, winning major awards including: 2020 ALAN Award, 2017 Children’s Legacy Award, The Virginia Hamilton Award at Kent State, a Coretta Scott King author award and five Coretta Scott King author honors. After more than 77 books, she has sealed her legacy by weaving poetry and novels in verse into an impressive body of work. Grimes currently resides in Corona, California, where she continues her powerful writing.
Read the complete press release to the 2022 Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement winner here.
Special thanks to the 2022 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Jury and the 2022 Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement Jury for your hard work during this award season!
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