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AWARD WINNERS: Coretta Scott King Award


AWARD WINNERS: Coretta Scott King Award

Given to African American authors and illustrator for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions, the Coretta Scott King Book Award titles promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream of a pluralistic society.

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The blacker the berry : poems Juvenile Book The blacker the berry : poems

Thomas, Joyce Carol.
J 811.6 THOMAS

2009 Illustrator Winner. A collection of poems, including "Golden Goodness," "Cranberry Red," and "Biscuit Brown," celebrating individuality and Afro-American identity.




We are the ship : the story of Negro League baseball Juvenile Book We are the ship : the story of Negro League baseball

Nelson, Kadir.
J 796.3576 NELSON

2009 Author Winner. Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through the decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947.




Let it shine : stories of Black women freedom fighters Juvenile Book Let it shine : stories of Black women freedom fighters

Pinkney, Andrea Davis.
J 323.0923 PINKNEY

2008 Illustrator Winner. Tells the stories of ten African-American women freedom fighters.




Elijah of Buxton Juvenile Book Elijah of Buxton

Curtis, Christopher Paul.
J CURTIS

2008 Author Winner. In 1859, eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman, the first free-born child in Buxton, Canada, which is a haven for slaves fleeing the American south, uses his wits and skills to try to bring to justice the lying preacher who has stolen money that was to be used to buy a family's freedom.




Moses : when Harriet Tubman led her people to freedom book Moses : when Harriet Tubman led her people to freedom

Weatherford, Carole Boston, 1956-
E WEATHER

2007 Illustrator Award. Describes Tubman's spiritual journey as she hears the voice of God guiding her north to freedom on that very first trip to escape the brutal practice of forced servitude. Tubman would make nineteen subsequent trips back south, never being caught, but none as profound as this first one.




Copper sun Teen Book Copper sun

Draper, Sharon M. (Sharon Mills)
TEEN DRAPER

2007 Author Winner. Two fifteen-year-old girls--one a slave and the other an indentured servant--escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida, a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves.




Rosa Juvenile Book Rosa

Giovanni, Nikki.
J BIO PARKS GIOVANN

2006 Illustrator Winner. The story of Rosa Parks and her courageous act of defiance.




Day of tears : a novel in dialogue Teen Book Day of tears : a novel in dialogue

Lester, Julius.
TEEN LESTER

2006 Author Winner. Emma has taken care of the Butler children since Sarah and Frances's mother, Fanny, left. Emma wants to raise the girls to have good hearts, as a rift over slavery has ripped the Butler household apart. Now, to pay off debts, Pierce Butler wants to cash in his slave "assets", possibly including Emma.




Ellington was not a street Juvenile Book Ellington was not a street

Shange, Ntozake.
J 811.54 SHANGE

2005 Illustrator Winner.




Remember : the journey to school integration Juvenile Book Remember : the journey to school integration

Morrison, Toni.
J 379.263 MORRISO

2005 Author Winner.




Beautiful blackbird book Beautiful blackbird

Bryan, Ashley.
E 398.2 BRYAN

2004 Illustrator Award. In a story of the Ila people, the colorful birds of Africa ask Blackbird, whom they think is the most beautiful of birds, to decorate them with some of his "blackening brew."




The first part last Teen Book The first part last

Johnson, Angela, 1961-
TEEN JOHNSON

2004 Author Award. Bobby's carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father and must care for his adored baby daughter.




Goin' someplace special book Goin' someplace special

McKissack, Pat, 1944-
E MCKISSA

2002 Illustrator Award. In segregated 1950s Nashville, a young African American girl braves a series of indignities and obstacles to get to one of the few integrated places in town: the public library.




Uptown book Uptown

Collier, Bryan.
E COLLIER

2001 Illustrator Award. A tour of the sights of Harlem, including the Metro-North Train, brownstones, shopping on 125th Street, a barber shop, summer basketball, the Boy's Choir, and sunset over the Harlem River.




In the time of the drums Juvenile Book In the time of the drums

Siegelson, Kim L.
J SIEGELS

2000 Illustrator Winner. Mentu, an American-born slave boy, watches his beloved grandmother, Twi, lead the insurrection at Teakettle Creek of Ibo people arriving from Africa on a slave ship.




Bud, not Buddy Juvenile Book Bud, not Buddy

Curtis, Christopher Paul.
J CURTIS

2000 Author Winner. Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.




Heaven Teen Book Heaven

Johnson, Angela, 1961-
TEEN JOHNSON

1999 Author Winner. Fourteen-year-old Marley's seemingly perfect life in the small town of Heaven is disrupted when she discovers that her father and mother are not her real parents.




In daddy's arms I am tall : African Americans celebrating fathers Juvenile Book In daddy's arms I am tall : African Americans celebrating fathers


J 811 IN DADD

1998 Illustrator Award. A collection of poems celebrating African-American fathers by Angela Johnson, E. Ethelbert Miller, Carole Boston Weatherford, and others.




Forged by fire Teen Book Forged by fire

Draper, Sharon M. (Sharon Mills)
TEEN DRAPER

1998 Author Award. Teenage Gerald, who has spent years protecting his fragile half-sister from their abusive father, faces the prospect of one final confrontation before the problem can be solved.




Minty : a story of young Harriet Tubman Juvenile Book Minty : a story of young Harriet Tubman

Schroeder, Alan.
J BIO TUBMAN SCHROED

1997 Illustrator Winner. Young Harriet Tubman, whose childhood name was Minty, dreams of escaping slavery on the Brodas plantation in the late 1820s.




Slam! Teen Book Slam!

Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-
TEEN MYERS

1997 Author Winner. Sixteen-year-old "Slam" Harris is counting on his noteworthy basketball talents to get him out of the inner city and give him a chance to succeed in life, but his coach sees things differently.




Her stories : African American folktales, fairy tales, and true tales Juvenile Book Her stories : African American folktales, fairy tales, and true tales

Hamilton, Virginia.
J 398.2082 HAMILTO

1996 Author Winner.




The Creation Juvenile Book The Creation


J 811.52 CREATIO

1995 Illustrator Award. A poem based on the story of creation from the first book of the Bible.




Christmas in the big house, Christmas in the quarters Juvenile Book Christmas in the big house, Christmas in the quarters

McKissack, Pat, 1944-
J 975.03 MCKISSA

1995 Author Winner. Describes the customs, recipes, poems, and songs used to celebrate Christmas in the big plantation houses and in the slave quarters just before the Civil War.




Soul looks back in wonder Juvenile Book Soul looks back in wonder


J 811.508 SOUL LO

1994 Illustrator Award. Artwork and poems by such writers as Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, and Askia Toure portray the creativity, strength, and beauty of their African American heritage.




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