Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award

Recognizing an African American Illustrator of outstanding books for children

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: Javaka Steptoe
2017 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award - Winner

Illustrated by: Javaka Steptoe

Jean-Michael Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocked to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art work had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. This book introduces young readers to the powerful message and art doesn't always have to be neat or clean--and definitely not inside the lines--to be beautiful.

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Author: Carole Boston Weatherford
2017 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award - Honor

Illustrated by: R. Gregory Christie

As slaves relentlessly toiled in an unjust system in 19th century Louisiana, they all counted down the days until Sunday, when at least for half a day they were briefly able to congregate in Congo Square in New Orleans. Here they were free to set up an open market, sing, dance, and play music. They were free to forget their cares, their struggles, and their oppression. This story chronicles slaves' duties each day, from chopping logs on Mondays to baking bread on Wednesdays to plucking hens on Saturday, and builds to the freedom of Sundays and the special experience of an afternoon spent in Congo Square.

 

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

Illustrated by: Ashley Bryan

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: Richard Jackson
2017 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award - Honor

Illustrated by: Jerry Pinkney

An ailing grandfather and his helpful granddaughter play a unique game of seek and find.

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Author: Troy Andrews
2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award - Winner
A Grammy-nominated headliner for the New Orleans Jazz Fest describes his childhood in Tremé and how he came to be a bandleader by age six.
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Author: Matt de la Peña
2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award - Honor
A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.
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Author: Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award - Honor
Relates the story of the National Memorial African Bookstore, founded in Harlem by Louis Michaux in 1939, as seen from the perspective of Louis Michaux Jr., who met famous men like Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X while helping there.
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Author: Misty Copeland
2015 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award - Winner

Firebird is illustrated by Christopher Myers, who is the King Illustrator Book winner. American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland encourages a young ballet student, with brown skin like her own, by telling her that she, too, had to learn basic steps and how to be graceful when she was starting out, and that some day, with practice and dedication, the little girl will become a firebird, too. Includes author's note about dancers who led her to find her voice.

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Author: Patricia Hruby Powell
2015 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award - Honor

Illustrated by Christian Robinson, King Illustrator Honor winner. A portrait of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world. Meticulously researched by both author and artist, Josephine's powerful story of struggle and triumph is an inspiration and a spectacle, just like the legend herself.

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Author: Katheryn Russell-Brown
2015 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award - Honor

Illustrated by Frank Morrison, King Illustrator Honor winner. A biography of African American musician Melba Doretta Liston, a virtuoso musician who played the trombone and composed and arranged music for many of the great jazz musicians of the twentieth century. Includes afterword, discography, and sources

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Author: Daniel Beaty
2014 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award - Winner

A boy wakes up one morning to find his father gone. At first, he feels lost. But his father has left him a letter filled with advice to guide him through the times he cannot be there

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Author: Kadir Nelson
2014 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award - Honor

Presents a biography of the former South African president best known for his political activism and fight to end apartheid.

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Author: Langston Hughes
2013 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award - Winner

Presents the popular poem by one of the central figures in the Harlem Renaissance, highlighting the courage and dignity of the African American Pullman porters in the early twentieth century. Illustrated by Bryan Collier.

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Author: Kelly Starling Lyons
2013 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award - Honor

This story of an African American wedding explains the history of the custom of jumping the broom, and the time when slaves had not been allowed to legally marry before the post-slavery Reconstruction era. Illustrated by Daniel Minter.

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Author: Christopher Myers
2013 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award - Honor

Two friends try to outdo each other on the basketball court in an out-of-this-world game of H.O.R.S.E