Coretta Scott King Author Award

Kids and/or Teens

Recognizing an African American author of outstanding books for children and young adults

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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Author: John Lewis
2017 Coretta Scott King Author Award - Selection

Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy. Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today's world.

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Author: Jason Reynolds
2017 Coretta Scott King Author Award - Honor

When two brothers decide to prove how brave they are, everything backfires--literally

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Author: Ashley Bryan
2017 Coretta Scott King Author Award - Honor

Using original slave auction and plantation estate documents, contrasts the monetary value of a slave with the priceless value of life experiences and dreams that a slave owner could never take away

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Author: Rita Williams-Garcia
2016 Coretta Scott King Author Award - Winner
Newbery Honor winner and New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of the Gaither sisters, who are about to learn what it's like to be fish out of water as they travel from the streets of Brooklyn to the rural South for the summer of a lifetime.
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Author: Jason Reynolds
2016 Coretta Scott King Author Award - Honor
When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Told through Rashad and Quinn's alternating viewpoints.
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Author: Jason Reynolds
2016 Coretta Scott King Author Award - Honor
Soon after his mother's death, Matt takes a job at a funeral home in his tough Brooklyn neighborhood and, while attending and assisting with funerals, begins to accept her death and his responsibilities as a man.
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Author: Ilyasah Shabazz
2016 Coretta Scott King Author Award - Honor
Co-written by Malcolm X's third daughter, this vivid, fictionalized account of the activist's early life draws on stories from his family and childhood friends and neighbors.
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Author: Jaqueline Woodson
2015 Coretta Scott King Author Award - Winner

In vivid poems that reflect the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, an award-winning author shares what it was like to grow up in the 1960s and 1970s in both the North and the South.

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Author: Marilyn Nelson
2015 Coretta Scott King Author Award - Honor

A powerful and thought-provoking Civil Rights era memoir from one of America's most celebrated poets. Looking back on her childhood in the 1950s, Newbery Honor winner and National Book Award finalist Marilyn Nelson tells the story of her development as an artist and young woman through fifty eye-opening poems. Readers are given an intimate portrait of her growing self-awareness and artistic inspiration along with a larger view of the world around her: racial tensions, the Cold War era, and the first stirrings of the feminist movement.

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Author: Kekla Magoon
2015 Coretta Scott King Author Award - Honor

When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson is shot to death, his community is thrown into an uproar because Tariq was black and the shooter, Jack Franklin, is white, and in the aftermath everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events agree.

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Author: Kwame Alexander
2015 Coretta Scott King Author Award - Honor

Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

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Author: Rita Williams-Garcia
2014 Coretta Scott King Author Award - Winner

The Gaither sisters are back in Brooklyn, where changes large and small come to their household as they grow up during the turbulent 1960s. Second in the Gaither Sisters series.

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Author: Walter Dean Myers
2014 Coretta Scott King Author Award - Honor

Two best friends, a writer and a runner, deal with bullies, family issues, social pressures, and their quest for success coming out of Harlem

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Author: John Lewis
2014 Coretta Scott King Author Award - Honor

This graphic novel is a first-hand account of Congressman John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement. Book one spans Lewis' youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luthe

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Author: Nikki Grimes
2014 Coretta Scott King Author Award - Honor

Gabby daydreams to tune out her parents' arguments, but when her parents divorce and she begins a new school, daydreaming gets her into trouble. Her mother scolds her for it, her teacher keeps telling her to pay attention, and the other kids tease her...until she finds a friend who also daydreams and her teacher decides to work a daydreaming-writing session into every school day. With a notebook thick with daydreams, Gabby grows more confident about herself and her future. This verse novel poignantly celebrates the power of writing and the inspiration a good teacher can deliver.