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.

Award Web Site: Coretta Scott King Book Awards

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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: Pat McKissack
2012 Coretta Scott King Author Award - Honor

In eighteenth-century West Africa, a boy raised by his blacksmith father and the Mother Elements--Wind, Fire, Water, and Earth--is captured and taken to America as a slave.

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Author: Eloise Greenfield
2012 Coretta Scott King Author Award - Honor

Describes the period of the 20th century when many African Americans left the South to make better lives for themselves in the northern states.

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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

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Author: Walter Dean Myers
2011 Coretta Scott King Author Award - Honor

Teenage Reese, serving time at a juvenile detention facility, gets a lesson in making it through hard times from an unlikely friend with a harrowing past.

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Author: Jewell Parker Rhodes
2011 Coretta Scott King Author Award - Honor

In New Orleans' Ninth Ward, twelve-year-old Lanesha, who can see spirits, and her adopted grandmother have no choice but to stay and weather the storm as Hurricane Katrina bears down upon them.

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Author: Greg Neri
2011 Coretta Scott King Author Award - Honor

A graphic novel based on the true story of Robert Yummy Sandifer, an eleven-year old African American gang member from Chicago who shot a young girl and was then shot by his own gang members.