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Teach with Coretta Scott King Award Winners

  • Grades: 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

Named for Coretta Scott King, wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this award recognizes outstanding African American authors and illustrators. Click on a title, author, or illustrator name for more information and free teaching resources.

Award Winners by Year

Author: P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia
Illustrator: Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me illustrated by Bryan Collier

Author: Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Illustrator: I, Too, Am America illustrated by Bryan Collier

Author: Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Illustrator: Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom written and illustrated by Shane W. Evans

Author: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Illustrator: Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave illustrated by Bryan Collier
Author: Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Illustrator: My People illustrated by Charles R. Smith Jr.; text by Langston Hughes

Author: We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Illustrator: The Blacker the Berry illustrated by Floyd Cooper

Author: Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
Illustrator: Let it Shine written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan

Author: Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper
Illustrator: Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom illustrated by Kadir Nelson; text by Carole Boston Weatherford
Author: Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue by Julius Lester
Illustrator: Rosa illustrated by Bryan Collier; text by Nikki Giovanni

Author: Remember: The Journey to School Integration by Toni Morrison
Illustrator: Ellington Was Not a Street illustrated by Kadir Nelson; text by Ntozake Shange
Author: The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
Illustrator: Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan
Author: Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes
Illustrator: Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman, illustrated by E.B. Lewis; text by Nikki Grimes
Author: The Land by Mildred Taylor
Illustrator: Goin' Someplace Special, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; text by Patricia C. McKissack
Author: Miracle's Boys by Jacqueline Woodson
Illustrator: Uptown by Bryan Collier
Author: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Illustrator: In the Time of the Drums, illustrated by Brian Pinkney; text by Kim L. Siegelson
Author: Heaven by Angela Johnson
Illustrator: i see the rhythm, illustrated by Michele Wood; text by Toyomi Igus
Author: Forged by Fire by Sharon M. Draper
llustrator: In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers, illustrated by Javaka Steptoe; text by Alan Schroeder
Author: Slam! by Walter Dean Myers
Illustrator: Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; text by Alan Schroeder
Author: Her Stories by Virginia Hamilton
Illustrator: The Middle Passage: White Ships Black Cargo by Tom Feelings

Author: Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters by Patricia C. McKissack and Frederick L. McKissack
Illustrator: The Creation, illustrated by James Ransome; text by James Weldon Johnson
Author: Toning the Sweep by Angela Johnson
Illustrator: Soul Looks Back in Wonder, illustrated by Tom Feelings; text edited by Phyllis Fogelman
Author: Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural by Patricia C. McKissack
Illustrator: The Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth, illustrated by Kathleen Atkins Wilson; retold by David A. Anderson
Author: Now Is Your Time: The African American Struggle for Freedom by Walter Dean Myers
Illustrator: Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold
Author: The Road to Memphis by Mildred D. Taylor
Illustrator: Aida, illustrated by Leo Dillon and Diane Dillon; text by Leontyne Price
Author: A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter by Patricia C. McKissack & Frederick L. McKissack
Illustrator: Nathaniel Talking, illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist; text by Eloise Greenfield





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