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Coretta Scott King Awards
by staff writer, Updated: Annually in January since 1969
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This award is given to authors and illustrators of African descent "whose distinguished books promote an understanding and appreciation of the American Dream." It is awarded annually by the Coretta Scott King Task Force of the ALA. Find out more about this prestigious award! 

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Year Winner/Honoree Title Author ISBN Publisher
2009 Honor Book Becoming Billie Holiday Weatherford, Carole Boston 159078507X Wordsong
2009 Honor Book The Blacker the Berry Thomas, Joyce Carol 60253754 Amistad Press
2009 Honor Book Keeping the Night Watch Smith, Hope Anita 805072020 Henry Holt & Company
2009 Winner We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball Nelson, Kadir 786808322 Jump at the Sun
2008 Winner Elijah of Buxton Curtis, Christopher Paul 439023440 Scholastic Press
2008 Honor Book November Blues Draper, Sharon M. 1416906983 Atheneum Books
2008 Honor Book Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali Smith, Charles R., Jr. 763616923 Candlewick Press (MA)
2007 Winner Copper Sun Draper, Sharon M. 689821816 Atheneum Books
2007 Honor Book The Road to Paris Grimes, Nikki 399245375 Putnam Publishing Group
2006 Honor Book Dark Sons Grimes, Nikki 786818883 Jump at the Sun
2006 Winner Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue Lester, Julius 786804904 Jump at the Sun
2006 Honor Book Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl Bolden, Tonya 810950456 ABRAMS
2006 Honor Book A Wreath for Emmett Till Nelson, Marilyn 618397523 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
2005 Honor Book Fortune's Bones: The Manumission Requiem Nelson, Marilyn 1932425128 Handprint Books
2005 Honor Book The Legend of Buddy Bush Moses, Shelia P. 689858396 Margaret K. McElderry Books
2005 Winner Remember: The Journey to School Integration Morrison, Toni 061839740X Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
2005 Honor Book Who Am I Without Him?: Short Stories about Girls and the Boys in Their Lives Flake, Sharon G. 786806931 Jump at the Sun
2004 Honor Book The Battle of Jericho Draper, Sharon M. 689842325 Atheneum Books
2004 Honor Book Days of Jubilee McKissack, Patricia C. 059010764X Scholastic Press
2004 Winner The First Part Last Johnson, Angela 689849222 Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
2004 Honor Book Locomotion Woodson, Jacqueline 399231153 Putnam Publishing Group
2003 Winner Bronx Masquerade Grimes, Nikki 803725698 Dial Books
2003 Honor Book The Red Rose Box Woods, Brenda 039923702X Putnam Publishing Group
2003 Honor Book Talkin' 'Bout Bessie Grimes, Nikki 439352436 Orchard
2002 Honor Book Carver: A Life in Poems Nelson, Marilyn 1886910537 Front Street
2002 Winner The Land Taylor, Mildred D. 803719507 Phyllis Fogelman Books
2002 Honor Book Money Hungry Flake, Sharon G. 078680548X Hyperion Books
2001 Honor Book Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters Pinkney, Andrea Davis 015201005X Harcourt Children's Books
2001 Winner Miracle's Boys Woodson, Jacqueline 399231137 Putnam Publishing Group
2000 Honor Book Black Hands, White Sails McKissack, Patricia C. 590483137 Scholastic Press
2000 Winner Bud, Not Buddy Curtis, Christopher Paul 385323069 Delacorte Press
2000 Honor Book Francie English, Karen 374324565 Farrar Straus Giroux
2000 Honor Book Monster Myers, Walter Dean 60280778 Amistad Press
1999 Honor Book Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence: The Story of New York's African Burial Ground Hansen, Joyce 805050124 Henry Holt & Company
1999 Winner Heaven Johnson, Angela 689822294 Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
1999 Honor Book Jazmin's Notebook Grimes, Nikki 803722249 Dial Books
1999 Honor Book The Other Side: Shorter Poems Johnson, Angela 531301141 Orchard Books (NY)
1998 Honor Book Bayard Rustin: Behind the Scenes of the Civil Rights Movement Haskins, James 786801689 Hyperion Books
1998 Winner Forged by Fire Draper, Sharon M. 689818513 Simon Pulse
1998 Honor Book I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, Mars Bluff, South Carolina, 1865 Hansen, Joyce 590849131 Scholastic
1997 Honor Book Rebels Against Slavery: American Slave Revolts McKissack, Patricia C. 590457365 Scholastic
1997 Winner Slam! Myers, Walter Dean 590486683 Scholastic
1996 Honor Book From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun Woodson, Jacqueline 590458817 Scholastic Paperbacks
1996 Winner Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales Hamilton, Virginia 590473700 Blue Sky Press (AZ)
1996 Honor Book Like Sisters on the Homefront Williams-Garcia, Rita 140385614 Puffin Books
1996 Honor Book The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 Curtis, Christopher Paul 440414121 Yearling Books
1995 Honor Book Black Diamond: The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues McKissack, Patricia C. 059068213X Scholastic Paperbacks
1995 Honor Book The Captive Hansen, Joyce 785764097 San Val
1995 Winner Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters McKissack, Patricia C. 590430270 Scholastic
1995 Honor Book I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This Woodson, Jacqueline 440219604 Laurel Leaf Library
1994 Honor Book Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea Thomas, Joyce Carol 64434397 HarperTrophy
1994 Honor Book Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary Myers, Walter Dean 590481096 Scholastic
1994 Winner Toning the Sweep Johnson, Angela 531054764 Orchard Books (NY)
1993 Winner The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural McKissack, Patricia C. 679890068 Yearling Books
1993 Honor Book Mississippi Challenge Walter, Mildred Pitts 689803079 Aladdin Paperbacks
1993 Honor Book Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman? McKissack, Patricia C. 590446916 Scholastic
1993 Honor Book Somewhere in the Darkness Myers, Walter Dean 590341863 Scholastic Press
1992 Honor Book Night on Neighborhood Street Greenfield, Eloise 140556834 Puffin Books
1992 Winner Now Is Your Time!: The African-American Struggle for Freedom Myers, Walter Dean 64461203 HarperTrophy
1991 Honor Book Black Dance in America: A History Through Its People Haskins, James 069004657X T.Y. Crowell Junior Books
1991 Winner The Road to Memphis Taylor, Mildred D. 803703406 Dial Books
1991 Honor Book When I Am Old with You Johnson, Angela 531070352 Scholastic
1990 Honor Book The Bells of Christmas Hamilton, Virginia 152015507 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
1990 Winner A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter McKissack, Patricia C. 802768849 Walker & Company
1990 Honor Book Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Freedom Movement Patterson, Lillie 816016054 Facts on File
1990 Honor Book Nathaniel Talking Greenfield, Eloise 863162010 Writers & Readers Publishing
1989 Honor Book Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave Hamilton, Virginia 679839976 Laurel Leaf Library
1989 Winner Fallen Angels Myers, Walter Dean 590409433 Scholastic Paperbacks
1989 Honor Book A Thief in the Village: And Other Stories Berry, James 140343571 Puffin Books
1988 Honor Book An Enchanted Hair Tale de Veaux, Alexis 60216239 HarperCollins Publishers
1988 Winner The Friendship Taylor, Mildred D. 140389644 Puffin Books
1988 Honor Book The Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit Lester, Julius 141303476 Puffin Books
1987 Honor Book Lion and the Ostrich Chicks: And Other African Folk Poems Bryan, Ashley 689807139 Aladdin Paperbacks
1987 Honor Book Which Way Freedom? Hansen, Joyce 380714086 HarperCollins
1986 Honor Book Junius Over Far Hamilton, Virginia 006022195X HarperCollins Publishers
1986 Winner The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales Hamilton, Virginia 679843361 Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
1986 Honor Book Trouble's Child Walter, Mildred Pitts 688042147 Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Books
1985 Honor Book Circle of Gold Boyd, Candy Dawson 590432664 Scholastic
1985 Winner Motown and Didi Myers, Walter Dean 833509551 San Val
1984 Honor Book Because We Are Walter, Mildred Pitts 688022871 Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Books
1984 Honor Book Bright Shadow Thomas, Joyce Carol 380845091 HarperCollins
1984 Winner Everett Anderson's Goodbye Clifton, Lucille 805008004 Henry Holt & Company
1984 Honor Book Lena: A Personal and Professional Biography of Lena Horne Haskins, James 812885244 Scarborough House Publishers
1984 Honor Book The Magical Adventures of Pretty Pearl Hamilton, Virginia 64401782 HarperTrophy
1983 Winner Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush Hamilton, Virginia 380651939 Amistad Press
1983 Honor Book This Strange New Feeling Lester, Julius 590440470 Scholastic
1982 Winner Let the Circle Be Unbroken Taylor, Mildred D. 140348921 Puffin Books
1982 Honor Book Lou in the Limelight Lattany, Kristin Hunter 684168804 Scribner Book Company
1982 Honor Book Mary: An Autobiography Mebane, Mary E. 807848212 University of North Carolina Press
1982 Honor Book Rainbow Jordan Childress, Alice 380589745 HarperTrophy
1981 Honor Book Don't Explain: A Song of Billie Holiday de Veaux, Alexis 863161324 Writers & Readers Publishing
1981 Winner This Life Poitier, Sidney 345294076 Ballantine Books
1980 Honor Book Andrew Young, Man with a Mission Haskins, James 688418961 Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Books
1980 Honor Book Childtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir Greenfield, Eloise 64461343 HarperCollins
1980 Honor Book James Van Der Zee: The Picture-Takin' Man Haskins, James 865432619 Africa World Press
1980 Honor Book Let the Lion Eat Straw Southerland, Ellease 451146751 Signet Book
1980 Honor Book Movin' Up: Pop Gordy Tells His Story Gordy, Berry 60220546 HarperCollins Publishers
1980 Winner The Young Landlords Myers, Walter Dean 140342443 Puffin Books
1979 Winner Escape to Freedom: A Play about Young Frederick Douglass Davis, Ossie 140343555 Puffin Books
1979 Honor Book I Have a Sister--My Sister Is Deaf Peterson, Jeanne W. 64430596 HarperCollins
1979 Honor Book Justice and Her Brothers Hamilton, Virginia 590362143 Point Signature
1979 Honor Book The Skates of Uncle Richard Fenner, Carol 394935535 Random House Books for Young Readers
1978 Winner Africa Dream Greenfield, Eloise 64432777 HarperCollins
1978 Honor Book Barbara Jordan Haskins, James Dial Books
1978 Honor Book Coretta Scott King Patterson, Lillie 811645851 Garrard Pub. Co.
1978 Honor Book The Days When the Animals Talked: Black American Folktales and How They Came to Be Faulkner, William J. 865433747 Africa World Press
1978 Honor Book Marvin and Tige Glass, Frankcina 449237443 Fawcett Books
1978 Honor Book Mary McLeod Bethune Greenfield, Eloise 64461688 HarperCollins
1978 Honor Book Portia: The Life of Portia Washington Pittman, the Daughter of Booker T. Washington Stewart, Ruth Ann 385053290 Doubleday Books
1977 Winner The Story of Stevie Wonder Haskins, James 068841740X Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Books
1977 Honor Book Everett Anderson's Friend Clifton, Lucille Holt
1977 Honor Book Rolll of Thunder, Hear my Cry Taylor, Mildred D. Dial Books
1977 Honor Book Quick Book on Black America Blake, Clarence N., and Donald F. Martin Houghton
1976 Winner Duey's Tale Bailey, Pearl 151265763 Harcourt Children's Books
1976 Honor Book Julius K. Nyerere: Teacher of Africa Graham, Shirley Messner
1976 Honor Book Paul Robeson Greenfield, Eloise Crowell
1976 Honor Book Fast Sam, Cool Clyde and Stuff Myers, Walter Dean Viking
1976 Honor Book Song of the Trees Taylor, Mildred D. Dial Books
1975 Winner The Legend of Africania, Robinson, Dorothy 874850371 Johnson Publishing Company (IL)
1974 Winner Ray Charles Mathis, Sharon Bell 1584300175 Lee & Low Books
1974 Honor Book A Hero Ain't Nothing but a Sandwich Childress, Alice Coward-McCann
1974 Honor Book Do You Remember? Clifton, Lucille Dutton
1974 Honor Book Ms. Africa: Profiles of Modern African Women Crane, Louise Lippincott
1974 Honor Book Guest in the Promised Land Hunter, Kristin Scribner Book Company
1974 Honor Book Mukasa Nagenda, John McMillan
1973 Winner I Never Had It Made: The Autobiography of Jackie Robinson, as told to Alfred Duckett Duckett, Alfred Putnam Publishing Group
1972 Winner 17 Black Artists Fax, Elton Dodd
1971 Winner Black Troubadour: Langston Hughes Rollins, Charlemae Rand McNally
1971 Honor Book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Angelou, Maya Random House Books for Young Readers
1971 Honor Book Unbought and Unbossed Chisholm, Shirley Houghton
1971 Honor Book I Am a Black Woman Evans, Mary Morrow
1971 Honor Book Every Man Heart Lay Down Graham, Lorenz Crowell
1971 Honor Book The Voice of the Children Jordan, June and Terri Bush Holt
1971 Honor Book Black Means Groom, Gladys and Bonnie Grossman Hill & Wang
1971 Honor Book Ebony Book of Black Achievement Peters, Margaret W. Johnson Publishing Company (IL)
1971 Honor Book Mary Jo's Grandmother Udry, Janice May Whitman
1970 Winner Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Man of Peace Patterson, Lillie Garrard Pub. Co.



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