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The Coretta Scott King Award

American Library Association (Social Responsibilities Round Table)

Established 1969. Designed to commemorate the life and work of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination in continuing to work for peace and world brotherhood. Presented annually to an African American author and an African American illustrator for an outstandingly inspirational and educational contribution published during the previous year. The separate award for illustrator was added in 1979.

Text - Angela Johnson, Heaven (Simon & Schuster)
Illustration - Michele Wood, i see the rhythm, text by Toyomi Igus (Children's Book Press)
Text - Sharon M. Draper, Forged by Fire (Atheneum)
Illustration - Javaka Steptoe, In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers (Lee & Low)
Text - Walter Dean Myers, Slam! (Scholastic Press)
Illustration - Jerry Pinkney, Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman, written by Alan Schroeder (Dial Books for Young Readers)
Text - Virginia Hamilton, Her Stories, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon
Illustration - Tom Feelings, The Middle Passage: White Ships Black Cargo (Introduction by John Henrik Clarke)
Text - Patricia and Frederick McKissack, Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters
Illustration - James Ransome, The Creation (Text: James Weldon Johnson)
Text - Angela Johnson, Toning the Sweep
Illustration - Tom Feelings, Soul Looks Back in Wonder
Text - Patrica McKissack, The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural
Illustration - Kathleen Atkins Wilson, The Origin Of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth (Text: David A. Anderson)
Text - Walter Dean Myers, Now Is Your Time! The Africian-Americian Struggle for Freedom
Illustration - Faith Ringgold - Tar Beach
Text - Mildred D. Taylor - The Road To Memphis
Illustration - Leo and Diane Dillon, Aida (Text: Leontyne Price)
Text - Patricia and Frederick McKissack, A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter
Illustration - Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Nathaniel Talking (Text: Eloise Greenfield)
Text - Walter Dean Myers, Fallen Angels
Illustration - Jerry Pinkney, Mirandy And Brother Wind (Text:Patricia McKissack)
Text - Mildred D. Taylor, The Friendship
Illustration - John Steptoe, Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale
Text - Mildred Pitts Walter, Justin And The Best Biscuits In The World
Illustration - Jerry Pinkey, Half A Moon And One Whole Star (Text: Crecent Dragonwagon)
Text - Virgina Hamilton, The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales
Illustration - Jerry Pinkney, The Patchwork Quilt (Text: Valerie Flournoy)
Text - Walter Dean Myers, Motown and Didi
Illustration - No award given.
Text - Lucille Clifton, Everett Anderson's Goodbye
Illustration - Pat Cummings, My Mama Needs Me (Text: Mildred Pitts Walter)
Text - Virgina Hamilton, Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush
Illustration - Peter Magubane, Black Child
Text - Mildred D. Taylor, Let the Circle Be Unbroken
Illustration - John Steptoe, Mother Crocodile: An Uncle Amadou Tale From Senegal (Text adapted by Rosa Guy)
Text - Sidney Poitier, This Life
Illustration - Ashley Bryan, Beat The Story-Drum, Pum-Pum
Text - Walter Dean Myers, The Young Landlords
Illustration - Carole Byard, Cornrows (Text: Camille Yarbrough)
Text - Ossie Davis, Escape To Freedom: A Play about Young Frederick Douglass
Illustration - Tom Feelings, Something On My Mind (Text: Nikki Grimes)
Eloise Greenfield, text, and Carole Byard, illustration, Africa Dream
James Haskins, The Story Of Stevie Wonder
Pearl Baily, Duey's Tale
Dorothy Robinson, text, and Herbert Temple, illustration, The Legend Of Africania
Sharon Bell Mathis, text, and George Ford, illustration, Ray Charles
Jackie Robinson, as told to Alfred Duckett, I Never Had It Made: The Autobiography of Jackie Robinson
Elton C. Fax, Seventeen Black Artists
Charlemae H. Rollins, Black Troubador: Langston Hughes
Lillie Patterson, Martin Luther King, Jr.: Man of Peace

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