Coretta Scott King Award Winners

A list of Coretta Scott King Award winners; the award is given by the American Library Association to authors and illustrators whose books promote contributions to the American dream.

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For authors and illustrators whose books promote contributions to the American dream; given by the American Library Association. A separate award for illustrator was added in 1979.

Coretta Scott King is an African American noted for her tireless work for world brotherhood.

1970Author: Martin Luther King, Jr.: Man of Peace, by Lillie Patterson
1971Author: Black Troubador, by Langston Hughes
1972Author: Seventeen Black Artists, by Elton C. Fax
1973Author: I Never Had It Made: The Autobiography of Jackie Robinson, by Jackie Robinson, as told to Alfred Duckett
1974Author: Ray Charles, by Sharon Bell Mathis
1975Author: The Legend of Africania, by Dorothy Robinson
1976Author: Duey's Tale, by Pearl Bailey
1977Author: The Story of Stevie Wonder, by James Haskins
1978Author: Africa Dream, by Eloise Greenfield
1979Author: Escape to Freedom: A Play about Young Frederick Douglass, by Ossie Davis
Illustrator: Something on My Mind, by Tom Feelings (Text: Nikki Grimes)
1980Author: The Young Landlords, by Walter Dean Myers
Illustrator: Cornrows, by Ashley Bryan (Text: Camille Yarbrough)
1981Author: This Life, by Sidney Poitier
Illustrator: Beat The Story-Drum, Pum-Pum, by Ashley Bryan
1982Author: Let the Circle Be Unbroken, by Mildred D. Taylor
Illustrator: Mother Crocodile: An Uncle Amadou Tale From Senegal, by John Steptoe (Text adapted by Rosa Guy)
1983Author: Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush, by Virginia Hamilton
Illustrator: Black Child, by Peter Magubane
1984Author: Everett Anderson's Goodbye, by Lucille Clifton
Illustrator: My Mama Needs Me, by Pat Cummings (Text: Mildred Pitts Walter)
1985Author: Motown Didi, by Walter Dean Myers
Illustrator: No award given
1986Author: The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales, by Virginia Hamilton
Illustrator: The Patchwork Quilt, by Jerry Pinkney (Text: Valerie Flournoy)
1987Author: Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World, by Mildred Pitts Walter
Illustrator: Half a Moon and One Whole Star, by Jerry Pinkey (Text: Crecent Dragonwagon)
1988Author: The Friendship, by Mildred D. Taylor
Illustrator: Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale, by John Steptoe
1989Author: Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers
Illustrator: Mirandy and Brother Wind, by Jerry Pinkney (Text: Patricia McKissack)
1990Author: A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter, by Patricia and Frederick McKissack
Illustrator: Nathaniel Talking, by Jan Spivey Gilchrist (Text: Eloise Greenfield)
1991Author: The Road to Memphis, by Mildred D. Taylor
Illustrator: Aida, by Leo and Diane Dillon (Text: Leontyne Price)
1992Author: Now Is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for Freedom, by Walter Dean Myers
Illustrator: Tar Beach, by Faith Ringgold
1993Author: The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural, by Patricia McKissack
Illustrator: The Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth, by Kathleen Atkins Wilson (Text: David A. Anderson)
1994Author: Toning the Sweep, by Angela Johnson
Illustrator: Soul Looks Back in Wonder, by Tom Feelings
1995Author: Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters, by Patricia and Frederick McKissack
Illustrator: The Creation, by James Ransome (Text: James Weldon Johnson)
1996Author: Her Stories, by Virginia Hamilton
Illustrator: The Middle Passage: White Ships Black Cargo, by Tom Feelings
1997Author: Slam!, by Walter Dean Myers
Illustrator: Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman, by Jerry Pinkney (Text Alan Schroeder)
1998Author: Forged by Fire, by Sharon M. Draper
Illustrator: In Daddy's Arms I am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers, by Javaka Steptoe
1999Author: Heaven, by Angela Johnson
Illustrator:I See the Rhythm, by Michelle Wood
2000Author: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Illustrator: In the Time of the Drums illustrated by Brian Pinkney
2001Author: Miracle's Boys by Jacqueline Woodson
Illustrator: Uptown illustrated and written by Bryan Collier
2002Author: The Land by Mildred D. Taylor
Illustrator: Goin' Someplace Special illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
2003Author: Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes
Illustrator: Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman by E.B. Lewis
2004Author: The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
Illustrator: Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan
2005Author: Remember: The Journey to School Integration by Toni Morrison
Illustrator: Ellington Was Not a StreetIllustration by Kadir A. Nelson
2006Author: Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue by Julius Lester
Illustrator: Rosa by Bryan Collier
2007Author: Copper Sun by Sharon Draper
Illustrator: Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Kadir Nelson (text: Carole Boston Weatherford)
2008Author: Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
Illustrator: Let it Shine by Ashley Bryan
2009Author: We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson
Illustrator: The Blacker the Berry by Floyd Cooper
2010Author: Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Illustrator: My People by Charles R. Smith Jr. (text: Langston Hughes)
2011Author: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Illustrator: Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Bryan Collier (text: Laban Carrick Hill)
2012Author: Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson
Illustrator: Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom by Shane W. Evans
2013Author: Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Illustrator: I, Too, Am America by Bryan Collier (text: Langston Hughes)
2014Author: P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia
Illustrator: Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me by Bryan Collier
2015Author: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Illustrator: Firebird by Christopher Myers
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