Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner

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: Claire Hartfield
2019 Coretta Scott King Author Award - Winner

On a hot day in July 1919, five black youths went swimming in Lake Michigan, unintentionally floating close to the "white" beach. An angry white man began throwing stones at the boys, striking and killing one. Racial conflict on the beach erupted into days of urban violence that shook the city of Chicago to its foundations. This mesmerizing narrative draws on contemporary accounts as it traces the roots of the explosion that had been building for decades in race relations, politics, business, and clashes of culture. 

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Author: Renee Watson
2018 Coretta Scott King Author Award - Winner
Tired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school's amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls.
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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: 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: 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: Andrea Davis Pinkney
2013 Coretta Scott King Author Award - Winner

Presents the stories of ten African-American men from different eras in American history, organized chronologically to provide a scope from slavery to the modern day.

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Author: Kadir Nelson
2012 Coretta Scott King Author Award - Winner

The story of America and African Americans is a story of hope and inspiration and unwavering courage. But it is also the story of injustice; of a country divided by law, education, and wealth; of a people whose struggles and achievements helped define their country. Kadir Nelson, one of this generation's most accomplished, award-winning artists, has created an epic yet intimate introduction to the history of America and African Americans, from colonial days through the civil rights movement. Written in the voice of an Everywoman, an unnamed narrator whose forebears came to this country on slave ships and who lived to cast her vote for the first African American president, Heart and Soul touches on some of the great transformative events and small victories of that history.

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Author: Rita Williams-Garcia
2011 Coretta Scott King Author Award - Winner

In the summer of 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp. Find as eBook