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Coretta Scott King Book Awards

The awards were founded in 1969 in order to promote minority writers, with the first author awarded the prize in 1970. Awards for illustrators were added in 1974.

Author Winners & Honor Books 2010-2019

Winner

Bad News for Outlaws : the Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson


Honor Books

  • Mare's War by Tanita S. David

Winner

One Crazy Summer by Rita WIlliams-Garcia


Honor Books

  • Lockdown by Walter Dean Meyers
  • Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • Yummy : the Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri

Winner

Heart and Soul : the Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson


Honor Books

  • The Great Migration : Journey to the North by Eloise Greenfield
  • Never Forgotten by Patricia C. McKissack

Winner

Hand in Hand : Ten Black Men Who Changed America


Honor Books

  • The Dear One by Jacqueline Woodson
  • No Crystal Stair : a Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Micheaux, Harlem Bookseller by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Winner

P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia


Honor Books

  • March : Book One by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
  • Darius & Twig by Walter Dean Myers
  • Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes

Winner

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson


Honor Books

  • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  • How I Discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson
  • How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon


Winner

Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia


Honor Books

  • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
  • The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
  • X : a Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon

 


Winner

March : Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin


Honor Books

  • As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds
  • Freedom Over Me : Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan by Ashley Bryan

Winner

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson


Honor Books

  • Crown : an Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes
  • Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


Winner

A Few Drops of Rain by Claire Hartfield


Honor Books

  • Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome
  • The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
  • The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon


Illustrator Winners & Honor Books 2010-2019

Winner

My People illustrated by Charles R. Smith, Jr.


Honor Books

  • The Negro Speaks of Rivers illustrated by E. B. Lewis

Winner

Dave the Potter : Artist, Poet, Slave illustrated by Bryan Collier


Honor Books

  • Jimi Sounds Like a Rainbow : a Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix

Winner

Underground : Finding the Light to Freedom illustrated by Shane W. Evans


Honor Books

  • Heart and Soul : the Story of America and African Americans illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Winner

I, Too, Am America illustrated by Bryan Collier


Honor Books

  • Ellen's Broom illustrated by Daniel Minter
  • H. O. R. S. E. illustrated by Christopher Myers
  • I Have a Dream : Martin Luther King, Jr. illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Winner

Knock Knock : My Dad's Dream for Me illustrated by Bryan Collier


Honor Books

  • Nelson Mandela illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Winner

Firebird illustrated by Christopher Myers


Honor Books

  • Josephine : the Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker illustrated by Christian Robinson
  • Little Melba and Her Big Trombone illustrated by Frank Morrison

Winner

Trombone Shorty illustrated by Bryan Collier


Honor Books

  • The Book Itch : Freedom, Truth & Harlem's Greatest Bookstore illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
  • Last Stop on Market Street illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Winner

Radiant Child : the Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat illustrated by Javaka Steptoe


Honor Books

  • Freedom in Congo Square illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
  • Freedom Over Me : Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan by Ashley Bryan
  • In Plain Sight by Jerry Pinkney

Winner

Out of Wonder : Poems Celebrating Poets illustrated by Ekua Holmes


Honor Books

  • Crown : An Ode to the Fresh Cut illustrated by Gordon C. James
  • Before She Was Harriet : the Story of Harriet Tubman illustrated by James Ransome

Winner

The Stuff of Stars illustrated by Ekua Holmes


Honor Books

  • Hidden Figures : the True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race illustrated by Laura Freeman
  • Let the Children March illustrated by Frank Morrison
  • Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop illustrated by R. Gregory Christie