Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners

Each January, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given 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 committee that selects the awards is part of the American Library Association. The author or illustrator must live in the United States or maintain dual residency/citizenship, and the book must have been published in the preceding year. Check out our list, with the 2016 winners at the top.

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Tender story of Nana showing grandson city beauty via bus.
By Matt de la Pena
(2015)
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Fun, upbeat story of a boy, a trombone, and jazz.
By Troy Andrews
(2016)
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Lively tale of store that aided civil rights struggle.
By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
(2016)
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Harrowing tale of Gaither girls' summer in the South.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2015)
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Creepy chills galore in Southern supernatural thriller.
By Ronald L. Smith
(2016)
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Frank, poetic picture book bio has dazzling art.
By Carole Boston Weatherford
(2016)
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Soul-gripping story of teen's grief and hope.
By Jason Reynolds
(2016)
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Haunting tale of two boys' lives changed by police assault.
By Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely
(2015)
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Soaring, rhythmic story for dancers with big dreams.
By Misty Copeland
(2014)
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Photos bring sparkling tone to simple poem of celebration.
By Langston Hughes
(2010)
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Amazing award-winning historical story told in free verse.
By Laban Carrick Hill
(2011)
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Stunning art amplifies meaning of King's words for kids.
By Kadir Nelson
(2013)
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Words and watercolors sing in a voice as deep as the river.
By Langston Hughes
(2010)
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Stellar art portrays key aspects of Mandela's life for kids.
By Kadir Nelson
(2013)
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Insightful, kid-friendly intro to the history of hip-hop.
By Laban Carrick Hill
(2013)
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Lively profile of a brave man living in a dangerous time.
By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
(2010)
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Soaring, poignant, poetic story hits all the right spots.
By Kwame Alexander
(2014)
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Humorous, powerful, masterful escaped-slave tale.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2007)
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Captivating storytelling makes these heroes relatable.
By Andrea Davis Pinkney
(2013)
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Beautifully illustrated account of African-American history.
By Kadir Nelson
(2011)
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Tween coming-of-age set amid shifting family, '60s dynamics.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2013)
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Amazing paintings + compelling history = a grand slam.
By Kadir Nelson
(2009)
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Excellent poems depict coming-of-age in tumultuous 1960s.
By Jacqueline Woodson
(2014)
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Haunting look at killing of unarmed African-American teen.
By Kekla Magoon
(2015)
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Gripping story of a girl's bravery during Hurricane Katrina.
By Jewell Parker Rhodes
(2011)
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A gem, with strong girl characters, '60s black history.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2010)
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Poet's moving memoir in free verse charts '50s childhood.
By Marilyn Nelson
(2015)
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Powerful graphic novel captures spirit of desegregation.
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
(2013)
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Quiet, sometimes poetic story of teens' scholarship quest.
By Walter Dean Myers
(2013)
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