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: 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.

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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: Jacqueline Woodson
2013 Coretta Scott King Author Award - Honor

When Ms. Albert teaches a lesson on kindness, Chloe realizes that she and her friends have been wrong in making fun of new student Maya's shabby clothes and refusing to play with her.

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Author: Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
2013 Coretta Scott King Author Award - Honor

In this work of historical fiction, Nelson tells the story of a man with a passion for knowledge and of a bookstore whose influence has become legendary.