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Coretta Scott King Award Winners

This yearly award celebrates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and his widow, Coretta Scott King, by recognizing the work of African American authors and illustrators of whose work helps further Dr. King's vision.

Year Category Title Honoree
2010 Author Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
2010 Illustrator My People Charles R. Smith Jr.
2009 Author We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball Kadir Nelson
2009 Illustrator The Blacker the Berry Floyd Cooper
2008 Author Elijah of Buxton Christopher Paul Curtis
2008 Illustrator Let it Shine Ashley Bryan
2007 Author Copper Sun Sharon Draper
2007 Illustrator Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom Kadir Nelson
2006 Author Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue Julius Lester
2006 Illustrator Rosa Nikki Giovanni/Bryan Collier
2005 Author Toni MorrisonRemember: The Journey to School Integration
2005 Illustrator Ellington Was Not a Street Kadir A. Nelson
(with text by Ntozake Shange)
2004 Author The First Part LastAngela Johnson
2004 Illustrator The Beautiful Blackbird Ashley Bryan
2003 Author Bronx Masquerade Nikki Grimes
2003Illustrator Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman E. B. Lewis
2002 Author The Land Mildred Taylor
2002 Illustrator Goin' Someplace Special Jerry Pinkney
(with text by Patricia McKissack)
2001 Author Miracle's Boys Jacqueline Woodson
2001 Illustrator Uptown Bryan Collier
2000 Author Bud, Not Buddy Christopher Paul Curtis
2000 Illustrator In the Time of the Drums Brian Pinkney
(with text by Kim L. Siegelson)
1999 Author Heaven Angela Johnson
1999 Illustrator I See the Rhythm Michele Wood
(with text by Toyomi Igus)
1998 Author Forged by Fire Sharon M. Draper
1998 Illustrator In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers Javaka Steptoe
1997 Author Slam! Walter Dean Myers
1997 Illustrator Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman Jerry Pinkney
( with text by Alan Schroeder)
1996 Author Her Stories Virginia Hamilton
(with illustrations by Leo and Diane Dillon)
1996 Illustrator The Middle Passage: White Ships Black Cargo Tom Feelings
1995 Author Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters Patricia and Frederick McKissack
1995 Illustrator The Creation James Ransome
(with text by James Weldon Johnson)
1994 Author Toning the Sweep Angela Johnson
1994 Illustrator Soul Looks Back in Wonder Tom Feelings
1993 Author The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural Patrica McKissack
1993 Illustrator The Origin Of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth Kathleen Atkins Wilson
(with text by David A. Anderson)
1992 Author Now Is Your Time! The Africian-American Struggle for Freedom Walter Dean Myers
1992 Illustrator Tar Beach Faith Ringgold
1991 Author The Road To Memphis Mildred D. Taylor
1991 Illustrator Aida Leo and Diane Dillon
(with text by Leontyne Price)
1990 Author A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter Patricia and Frederick McKissack
1990 Illustrator Nathaniel Talking Jan Spivey Gilchrist
(with text by Eloise Greenfield)
1989 Author Fallen Angels Walter Dean Myers
1989 Illustrator Mirandy And Brother Wind Jerry Pinkney
(with text by Patricia McKissack)
1988 Author The Friendship Mildred D. Taylor
1988 Illustrator Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale John Steptoe
1987 Author Justin And The Best Biscuits In The World Mildred Pitts Walter
1987 Illustrator Half A Moon And One Whole Star Jerry Pinkney
(with text by Crecent Dragonwagon)
1986 Author The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales Virgina Hamilton
1986 Illustrator The Patchwork Quilt Jerry Pinkney
(with text by Valerie Flournoy)
1985 Author Motown and Didi Walter Dean Myers
1985 Illustrator No award given.
1984 Author Everett Anderson's Goodbye Lucille Clifton
1984 Illustrator My Mama Needs Me Pat Cummings
(with text by Mildred Pitts Walter)
1983 Author Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush Virgina Hamilton
1983 Illustrator Black Child Peter Magubane
1982 Author Let the Circle Be Unbroken Mildred D. Taylor
1982 Illustrator Mother Crocodile: An Uncle Amadou Tale From Senegal John Steptoe
(with text adapted by Rosa Guy)
1981 Author This Life Sidney Poitier
1981 Illustrator Beat The Story-Drum, Pum-Pum Ashley Bryan
1980 Author The Young Landlords Walter Dean Myers
1980 Illustrator Cornrows Carole Byard
(with text by Camille Yarbrough)
1979 Author Escape To Freedom: A Play about Young Frederick Douglass Ossie Davis
1979 Illustrator Something On My Mind Tom Feelings
(with text by Nikki Grimes)
1978 Author Africa Dream Eloise Greenfield
(with illustrations by Carole Byard)
1978 Illustrator Africa Dream Carole Byard
(with text by Eloise Greenfield)
1977 Author The Story Of Stevie Wonder James Haskins
1977 Illustrator No award given
1976 Author Duey's Tale Pearl Bailey
1976 Illustrator No award given
1975 Author The Legend Of Africania Dorothy Robinson
1975 Illustrator No award given
1974 Author Ray Charles Sharon Bell Mathis
(with illustrations by George Ford)
1974 Illustrator Ray Charles George Ford
(with text by Sharon Bell Mathis)
1973 Author I Never Had It Made: The Autobiography of Jackie Robinson Jackie Robinson
(as told to Alfred Duckett)
1972 Author Seventeen Black Artists Elton C. Fax
1971 Author Black Troubador: Langston Hughes Charlemae H. Rollins
1970 Author Martin Luther King, Jr.: Man of Peace Lillie Patterson

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