Coretta Scott King Awards

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.

American Library Association

Here are some of the Winners from our catalog! Take a look at the Recipients page for the full list. Don’t forget to contact the Southfield library to place items on hold if we don’t have a copy available right away!

March: Book Three
Author Award Winner 2017

Lewis, John & Aydin, Andrew
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Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
Illustrator Award Winner 2017

written & illus. by Steptoe, Javaka
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The Sun is Also a Star
John Steptoe Award for New Talent 2017

Yoon, Nicola
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As Brave As You
Author Honor Book 2017

Reynolds, Jason
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Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives & Dreams Brought to Life
Author Honor Book 2017
Illustrator Honor Book 2017

written & illus. by Bryan, Ashley
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Freedom in Congo Square
Illustrator Honor Book 2017

Boston, Carole
illus. by Christie, R. Gregory
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In Plain Sight
Illustrator Honor Book 2017

Jackson, Richard
illus. by Pinkney, Jerry
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Gone Crazy in Alabama
Author Award Winner 2016
Williams-Garcia, Rita
“Gone Crazy in Alabama” is the final book in Williams-Garcia’s trilogy about the Gaither sisters. She blends cultural and family history in a vivid, readable way, laced with humor. Each sister is a distinct individual, growing, changing, and helping to change the perspectives of their elders.
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Trombone Shorty
Illustrator Award Winner 2016
Andrews, Troy & Taylor, Bill
Illustrator: Collier, Bryan
In “Trombone Shorty,” (written by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and Bill Taylor), Collier creates vibrant, bold color collages and realistic images that portray the musical growth of a young boy in the jazz tradition of the Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans.
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Hoodoo
John Steptoe Award for New Talent 2016
Smith, Ronald L.
“Hoodoo” is the rich, atmospheric tale of a boy trying to ward off an evil spirit in 1930s small-town Alabama. When the foreboding Stranger comes to town, Hoodoo Hatcher must use the folk magic passed down in his extended family to save the day.
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Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement
John Steptoe Award for New Talent 2016
Weatherford, Carole Boston
Illustrator: Holmes, Ekua
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement” is a powerful biography of the heroic Civil Rights leader. Told with inspiring poetry and vivid images, Hamer’s humanity shines through in this impressive collection.
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All American Boys
Author Honor Book 2016
Reynolds, Jason & Kiely, Brendan
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The Boy in the Black Suit
Author Honor Book 2016
Reynolds, Jason
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X: A Novel
Author Honor Book 2016
Shabazz, Ilyasah
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The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, & Harlem's Greatest Bookstore
Illustrator Honor Book 2016
Nelson, Vaunda Michaeux
Illustrator: Christie, R. Gregory
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Last Stop on Market Street
Illustrator Book 2016
de la Pena, Matt
Illustrator: Robinson, Christian
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Brown Girl Dreaming
Author Award Winner 2015
Woodson, Jaqueline
An absorbing free verse memoir of a young girl growing up black and female in the 1960s and ‘70s full of arresting details and vivid imagery. Her choice of events and memories incorporate important historical events and her own evolution into the award-winning writer she has become.
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Firebird
Illustrator Award Winner 2015
Copeland, Misty
Illustrator: Myers, Christopher
“The vibrant lines and colors mirror the movement of Copeland’s “Firebird”, says Patton. “Encased in gorgeous collages and endpaper, balletic poses, leaping and bounding into the air at tremendous heights spur the imagination and inspire a young girl’s hopes and dreams,” said Patton.
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When I was the Greatest
John Steptoe Award for New Talent 2015
Reynolds, Jason
Reynolds' lively and engaging portrayal of urban teenage boys is a compelling story about neighborhood, family, friendship, values and the acceptance of difference.
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The Crossover
Author Honor Book 2015
Alexander, Kwame
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How I Discovered Poetry
Author Honor Book 2015
Nelson, Marilyn
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How It Went Down
Author Honor Book 2015
Magoon, Kekla
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Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker
Illustrator Award Book 2015
Powell, Patricia Hruby
Illustrator: Robinson, Christian
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Little Melba and Her Big Trombone
Illustrator Honor Book 2015
Russell-Brown, Katheryn
Illustrator: Morrison, Frank
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P.S. Be Eleven
Author Award Winner 2014
Williams-Garcia, Rita
In this spirited stand-alone sequel to “One Crazy Summer,” the Gaither sisters return to Brooklyn after a summer spent with their mother in Oakland, California. Delphine, Vonetta and Fern thrive in the tumultuous era of the late 1960s, but Delphine is tasked by her mother to, “P.S. Be Eleven.”
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Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me
Illustrator Award Winner 2014
Beaty, Daniel
Illustrator: Collier, Bryan
Bryan Collier brings to life Daniel Beaty’s powerful narrative of a son’s longing for his absent father. With his distinctive watercolor and collage technique, Collier captures the nuances of the urban setting and the son’s journey to manhood.
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When the Beat was Born: DJ Kool Here and the Creation of Hip-Hop
John Steptoe Award for New Talent 2014
Hill, Laban Carrick
Illustrator: Taylor III, Theodore
Taylor's stylish artwork shows young Clive Campbell’s transformation into the DJ who helped launch hip-hop in the early 70’s. Using retro cartoon-style illustrations rendered in a palette that emphasizes browns, greens, reds and greys he transforms words on a page into a rhythmic beat that brings the words alive.
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March: Book One
Author Honor Book 2014
Lewis, John & Aydin, Andrew
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Darius & Twig
Author Honor Book 2014
Myers, Walter Dean
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Words with Wings
Author Honor Book 2014
Grimes, Nikki
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Nelson Mandela
Illustrator Honor Book 2014
Nelson, Kadir
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Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America
Author Award 2013
Pinkney, Andrea Davis
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I, Too, Am America
Illustrator Award Winner 2013
Hughes, Langston
Illustrator: Collier, Bryan
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Each Kindness
Author Honor Book 2013
Woodson, Jacqueline
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No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Micheaux, Harlem Bookselller
Author Honor Book 2013
Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux
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Ellen's Broom
Illustrator Honor Book 2013
Lyons, Kelly Stirling
Illustrator: Minter, Daniel
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H.O.R.S.E.
Illustrator Honor Book 2013
Myers, Christopher
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I Have a Dream: Martin King Luther Jr.
Illustrator Honor Book 2013
King, Martin Luther Jr.
Illustrator: Nelson, Kadir
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Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans
Author Award Winner 2012
Illustrator Honor Book 2012

Nelson, Kadir
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Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom
Illustrator Award Winner 2012
Evans, Shane
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The Great Migration: The Journey to the North
Author Honor Book 2012
Greenfield, Eloise
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Never Forgotten
Author Honor Book 2012
McKissack, Patricia C.
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